The Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel is a truly unique hotel, in a great location.
The staff were very friendly throughout our stay, and despite a little confusion regarding an extra bed, they remained courteous throughout. Though all the staff appeared to be speak some English, a few of the staff did have very limited English skills.
We stayed in a twin room, overlooking the entrance to hotel. The hotel kindly provided a free upgrade for our first two nights, while our final two nights, the window seat was easily adapted into a somewhat hard third bed. The room was generally great, though we did have a slight problem with the air-conditioning, as it did not work for an entire night. The staff were however highly apologetic about our slight pickle. The bath was simply enormous, and a lovely treat on our first night, after living with just a shower this past year. As a slight warning, the only English channel on the TV is CCTV News.
The hotel was simply beautiful, with a wealth of character. The central room, or the lounge, was stunning, and the decor throughout was lovely, with particular mention going to the amazing entrance doors. However as noted by another reviewer, the hotel does allow guests to smoke inside. So sadly at times, the smell of cigarettes does creep around the hotel, though hopefully this may change in the near future.
The free breakfast was impressive, with a choice of either Chinese or Western. I tried both, and would personally recommend the Chinese option, as it tends to vary on a daily basis, with a mixture of local delicacies to savour.
The location, within the 'hutong', proved surprisingly useful. With both the surrounding 'hutong' and nearby lake, proving to be wonderful walking material. While a fifteen minute walk to the north, would lead you to either a metro station, or the ring road, offering a direct, and somewhat cheaper taxi route, to both the airport and the 798 Art District, a highly recommended attraction, a fifteen minute walk to the south, leads you to another major road, and a direct taxi route to Sanlitun. A somewhat longer stroll, also brings you to Beihai Park, and the Forbidden City.
Overall I was really impressed with the hotel, and would certainly stay there again. So if you prefer your hotel to have a little character, then why not give it a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shichihai Shadow Art Performance Hotel hold a cultural conviction that we believe the true cultural beauty of chinese heritage should be preserved and we found a modern way for the world to appreciate the true beauty again.Bustling lives mask us from the beauty of nature. Through travels, we refresh our senses about culture and nature. We strive to inject life and cultural forces into our tourist sites.This is the first stop of your cultural expedition; the next one is to explore nature and the Beijing old city from Shichahai for new pulses.We are situated in the dragon pulse of Beijing, the most sacred site of Fengshui.Shadow Art Performace Hotel is located in the hutong district of Houhai. Here, its design brings you to a lakeside, over the waterfront, into hutongs, and this dwelling in a city district with waterscape and nature puts us back on the path to nature and reshape our heart to value respect and tranquility that go for natural environment and culture. ... more less
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