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.
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