The Shadow Art hotel is a small boutique hotel located in a traditional hutong in Beijing. While it was somewhat hard to find (make sure you get tips from the staff on the exact intersection where you should direct your taxi driver), the upside is that it provides some peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still quite close to the beautiful lake area. The rooms were medium-small, but well-proportioned and very clean. The breakfast was also small compared to large hotel buffets, but still managed to hit on ample Chinese and Western choices.
The staff was extremely accommodating and seemed to work well together, assisting with special requests, including packing us a breakfast to go when we had to leave very early (before the formal breakfast service).
A very unique aspect of the hotel was the Shadow puppet performance that the staff puts on 2-3 times a week. They allow kids to go backstage after the performance and play with the puppets, as well as a chance to paint their own. It was a nice distraction in the midst of all the site seeing.
- 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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