We had a wonderful five days at this charming hotel in one of Beijing's classic, centrally-located "hutong" alleyways. The hotel fell short in many small ways; this is not an international boutique hotel. But any efficiency shortcomings were more than made up for by the beautiful surroundings, pleasant staff, and atmosphere of authenticity. Frankly, we loved the place.
On a practical level: the hotel internet was fast and reliable, they made a good hot breakfast (eggs cooked to order or Chinese breakfast, as you wish), and the mattresses were thin but comfortable. We experienced no problems And the hotel really does look just as in the photos.
Arrange the hotel pick-up service; taxis can't find the hutong and will have trouble even getting into the hutong (a 5 meter wide alley full of parked cars, carts, and cycles) if they do.
The subway is nearby and Tiananmen Square is an easy 25-minute walk. Beijing's main shopping street (Wangfujing) is fifteen minutes. And the neighborhood is pleasant and walkable (by Beijing standards). We really had no regrets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is Beijing Courtyard Hotel has been built up base on 400 Years historic construction Si He Yuan, The said place was the former residence of famous Chinese artist Mr. Mei Lan Fang. 10 minutes walking distance from WangFuJing, the travel and commercial center of Beijing. The spacious guest rooms are sharing the beautiful inner and outer courtyard and patio with each other, and decorated by the antique furniture those are carved with dragon and phoenix, the symbol of Chinese ancient nobility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Beijing
- Beijing Courtyard