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“Old-style 5-room hutong inn with personalized service.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Beijing Apricot Courtyard Inn
Ranked #18 of 1,287 Beijing B&B and Inns
Arlington, Virginia
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122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Old-style 5-room hutong inn with personalized service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed a week in this delightful inn. It was our intro to China and to Beijing.

Pros and Cons:
1 Alex, the manager (and perhaps the owner) speaks English well, and is very helpful and service oriented. See him for restaurant recommendations, directions, internet bookings of all sorts, and general info. He also has an extension collection of classic rock n roll.

2 The courtyard is lovely and features the biggest apricot tree in the hutongs. There are a few tables and chairs good for relaxing with a cold (or warm, if you're going native) bottle of local Yanjing beer (available from Alex) and nibbles from local store. Alex strings up a net to catch the apricots, so there are always plenty of those.

Con: apricots fall all night and some hit the roof with a thud. If you are a light sleeper, this may bother you.

3 We stayed 6 nights in the traditional room and one in another. Mattress in each was VERY firm, even more than the usual in China. Some may find them too firm.

4 Get the traditional room in front corner. Nicely decorated. Double bed. The other room looked fine, but lacked the charm of the traditional one. More importantly, there is nothing below the trad room. Below the other room was a lounge/bar area. Cigarette smoke from there was evident in the room when smoking was going on. Annoying.

Con: the shower in the trad room had electrical wiring distressingly close to the water stream. We called this the Thomas Merton Memorial Shower, after the noted American monk (The Seven Storey Mountain) reputedly electrocuted by a faulty fan in Bangkok.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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leeds uk
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61 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

Bit difficult to find but we gave the tel no to the taxi driver and Edith came to the square and walked us down the alley to the hotel .once you know where you are really convenient for the metro , taxis are really cheap too . Staff speak good English , really friendly, Alex booked our trains and flights to various destinations , good breakfast if you want it, lovely Chinese bedroom , bed a bit hard is the only fault but still good nights sleep as really quiet as at end of an alley . Liked it so much booked to stay at end of holiday too , also we arrived very early in morning and they cleaned our room very quickly so we could go to bed and asked other guests to be quiet in courtyard as we were sleeping , highly recommended .

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barcelona, Spain
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

We loved our stay at the Apricot Courtyard! It is a bit hard to find at first, since it's tucked away from the hustle and bustle at the end of a traditional and authentic hutong-lane. This, actually, is already one of its great advantages - it's quite, relaxing, and with a very authentic touch. The Hutong (behind the Drum and Bell Towers) is very entertaining and a must if you want to dive into daily life of the very sympathic "Beijing-ers". Plenty of shops and streetfood just around the corner (a supermarket is in less than 5 minutes walking distance). Metro/Tube station is in about 10 minutes walking distance, as wel. It's a real Beijing-experience, we think. The property itself is beautiful - a traditional building that comes with a shady courtyard because of the huge apricot tree (it was harvesting time when we stayed there ;-)). There are 5 ensuite double rooms (immportant: airconditioned!), all decorated in different chinese styles. Rooms are not big, but certainly more than enough. Bathrooms are clean and spacious, with plenty of hot water. We stayed in the country-style room, and we loved it.
Last, but definitely not least, Alex, the owner, is very friendly and helpful, going out of his way to make you feel comfortable.

Room Tip: Alll rooms are more or less of same size, all have ensiute bathrooms and air-condition.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank noparamosquietosBCN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

Experience the life of the hutong people. Kind of hard to locate the places if not familiar. A piece of advice please don't reach here at night if you are not familiar. Poor visibility. The bell and drum tower is so near. Best location if well plan. Bell and drum tower walk or talk a taxi to houhai from there you can spent long day taking picture till night.

Room Tip: If you love the ancient chinese living style go for the traditonal room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Seah H
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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153 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

At the Apricot Courtyard you will be living among the local in a famed Beijing hutong. This is a small Inn with 5 rooms surrounding a middle courtyard shaded by a 100-year old apricot tree, hence the name. Because of the shared courtyard you will meet everyone staying there (and owner Alex) -- its kind of like an extended family for a few days. The rooms are small and cozy, but not cluster-phobic.

If your idea of a ideal hotel is staying at the Grand Hyatt, my guess is that your not even considering staying here. Everyone that stayed there when we did agreed with us that they liked this a lot better.

As others have indicated it is difficult for you to initially find, but once you do, its never hard to find your way back. For the first time visitor the steps are easy. The photos of the neighborhood should help.

1.) Have the Cab drive you to the Drum and Bell Towers. These are major tourist destinations destinations so it should not be hard to communicate to the cab driver. (Our taxi fare from the Airport was a bit under 150 RMB.)

2). Have him drive to the back side of the Bell Tower. It is the one with masonry construction, the one made of wood is the Drum tower.

3).Behind the Bell tower you will see a small plaza. There is always some kind of activity going on - Old men playing cards, middle age women dancing,etc. Have the Cab let you out here, Have the cab drop you off here as it is as far as you can realistically go with a car.

4.) With your back to the Bell tower, walk down the first alley on the right hand side -- All the way to the end. There is so sign that an Inn is in that direction and it will seem like it cant be it -- Do it anyway, all the way to the end.

5.) When you are at what looks like the end, you will see that the alley isn't over but rather jogs to the left. Keep going past the public rest rooms until it makes a sharp left at the end.
Congratulations, you will see the Apricot Inn gate and have made it "home".

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Hans S
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

As it is said in an other review, it is not a 5 stars Hotel. But only a perfect and friendly B&B.
You will love to drink a beer with Alex and his other guests, and listen his advice about places to visit.
Yes, it is difficult to find (not so difficult if you check a map before), at the end of a glumly street. Be you will appreciate to go back in your little hutong, at night, to leave the large and noisy street of Beijing.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hspointofview
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Hong Kong
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98 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

Four of us stayed there earlier this year in March. It was a great choice for what we wanted (local courtyard and Hutong experience, great location). Alex was there to greet us and available when we needed him. The room not big but sufficient enough for our stay. The court yard is a charming touch! It is a little bit hard to find but with Alex meeting us at our taxi drop off and led us to the place when we got there, we were able to remember the way back easily. It was truly a good experience staying at the neighborhood.  highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Beijing Apricot Courtyard Inn
Address: No.24 Caochang North Alley, Zhonglouwan Hutong, Gulou Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #18 of 1,287 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
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Hotel Class:3 star — Beijing Apricot Courtyard Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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