Unlike many other reviewers, I found this hotel to be very disappointing. In fact, I have difficulties to understand why this hotel has received so many positive ratings and reviews.
The positive aspects can be summarized as being the free pick-up from the airport (which is a necessity for otherwise it will be rather difficult to find this hotel as a first time visitor) and we hired a car + driver from the hotel for a day tour to the Great Wall which was rather smooth (even though the driver did not speak a word of English). That’s where the positive stops.
The Location: It is in a Hutong where you need to watch your steps to avoid the dog poop and other filth. Taxis are generally reluctant to drive into the Hutong; hence one needs to walk from the main street, which is a good 5 minute walk. Normally, no big deal; but for the foregoing reason not a real pleasure either. While the first walk through was certainly an interesting experience; it quickly loses its appeal if one has to do it every day of one’s stay in Beijing.
The Room: Our room was okay; but not good value. We were dissatisfied with the standard of cleaning; especially in the bathroom. The Wifi-signal in the room was rather weak. TV is available but only but 1 Chinese channels. We had a room facing the bigger ‘courtyard’ which is shown on most photos. The photos are misleading; the yard is much (!) smaller than it appears from the photos and it is not particularly well maintained.
The Breakfast: Not enjoyable at all. The breakfast room is very small and not inviting; try rather to sit outside. The food and beverage selection is limited (white toast bread, 2 sorts of jam, butter, eggs, some cereals, some fruits (mostly water melon)) and very basic.
The Service: The staff were never exactly unfriendly, but equally at no point was there a genuine gesture of friendliness towards us.
In summary, I share the opinion of other / earlier reviewers who rated this hotel as “poor” and I recommend that you also read their reviews before deciding on this hotel purely based on the more recent reviews
- 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