The first impression I got, and you will probably get, of this hotel is its surroundings. They didn’t seem ideal at first sight, but after one night there they became part of the experience. I stayed there 4 nights with my family in total, and I personally strongly recommend this hotel to anyone who would like to visit Beijing.
The hotel is situated in a “hutong” neighbourhood and its location is extremely convenient for anyone who wishes to do tourism: just 10-15 min. away from Ping’anli metro stop (line 4). The streets to access the hotel aren’t particularly clean or tidy, but you will find it easily since it is clearly indicated and it has a beautiful light sign in the entrance.
From the street, you first access the hotel to a small lobby from which a couple of stairs descend to the reception. Adjacent to the reception is the heart of the hotel, the courtyard. The hotel is then organised around it, just like traditional Chinese housing. The courtyard has been properly glazed, making it warm and generously lit. Inside it there is comfortable seating, small dining tables and plenty of books to get your hands on.
As for the staff, they were very friendly. We stayed there over Christmas, and the Hotel organised a dumpling making session which was followed by a shadow performance to celebrate it. After the performance we ate the dumplings. At the end of the dinner, the hotel gave us as a gift a book on Chinese animal zodiac which contained very carefully made crops. All guest where invited and it was free of charge. Amazing service.
If you are looking for a well priced, excellent hotel in Beijing you found it. I hope your stay in it is as wonderful as ours was.
- 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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