I stayed at the Hulu hotel twice, on my way over and back from Australia whilst taking advantage of the new 72 hour tourist visa offered by China. It was fantastic on both legs. It is a small inn style hotel run by genuinely lovely people. The rooms are comfortable, clean, warm and have lovely decor. On the way out, I stayed in one of their larger more expensive rooms, it had an amazing large bathroom, with big bath/shower and marble tiles, a sitting area in the main room with a sofa and coffee table. They provide a toothbrush, toothpaste, and nice L'Occtane shower gel and shampoo. The smaller rooms don't have a bath or sitting area, but are still comfortable and adequate.
The hotel is situated very centrally, a short 5 minute walk to the subway, its about a 20 minute walk to the Forbidden City. They have both a western and an Chinese yum cha breakfast, the yum cha is amazing- I recommend the wonton soup- best I've had in ages!
The staff are great, they all speak some English, and are helpful. They will arrange a taxi for you and can offer basic advice on getting around. I stayed as a single female traveller and felt safe at the hotel.
Probably the only negative is that being a small hotel, they don't open until 8am. Unfortunately my flight arrived at 5am and so I had to hang out at a nearby 24 hour mcdonalds until they opened which wasn't ideal after a really long flight.
Otherwise, The Hulu hotel is a comfortable, pleasant place to stay in Beijing. Totally recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The HuLu is a courtyard hotel in the middle of the old Beijing city. Just 10 mins away from The Forbidden City (by bike). The courtyard is combined with vernacular wooden houses and new modern building together. All rooms are well renovated with wooden furniture and equipped with floor heating and cooling system. The HuLu is an ideal place to experience the traditional context with modern comfort ... more less
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