Had mixed feelings about our recent stay at Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel. We spent four nights in a Jester Room.This was an entry level room. The layout of the room was not user friendly with my husband having to climb over me to get the bathroom. The authentic style kang bed was hard. Very hard even by Asian standards. Suit cases had to be stowed on the floor and as this had obviously happened many times before the walls were marked, scuffed and looked shabby. This shabbiness was not what I expected from a boutique hotel and at odds with their high quality decorations. Biggest drawback was there was nowhere to sit in our room except on the bed. The bathroom although compact well designed and spotlessly clean. Free wifi available throughout the hotel. Choices at breakfast were limited but adequate. Communicating with the staff was difficult due to their limited English skills but they were pleasant and really tried hard to meet our needs. The free shadow puppet show preformance was enchanting and the opportunity to try my hand post show demonstrated just how skilled the puppeteers were in animating their puppets.The highlight of our stay was the opportunity to explore the Hutongs and experience local life. Watching elderly ladies preforming thi chi in the park by the lake. A man having his hair cut by a street barber. Locals eating at street stalls that mysteriously appeared at days end. Enjoyed the Houhai area with its bars,restaurants,shops and felt very safe walking there at all times - day and late evening.Yes it was a little touristy but that was part of the fun.
- 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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