I had been staying on business in Beijing at a large international hotel which was wonderful but I could really have been anywhere in the world.
For the holiday part of my trip when my husband arrived, we moved to the Hotel Cote Cour which is in the hutongs (alleyways) of old Beijing. I am so pleased we made this move. It is down a very very narrow street but 2 minutes to walk either way to main road to get taxis or subway. The hotel has a rickshaw and will take you short distances for free. Do learn a few words and then it is lovely to walk and explore round the areas and at least be able to say hello to local people who are all friendly.
The hotel is built around a courtyard with trees in the middle and a water feature. We were there in January when it was very cold so no water in the feature (it would freeze) and the trees were beautifully lit with blue lights in the evening.
The room was huge ( standard double) with a very large bathroom with free standing bath and separate shower.
Breakfast is in a lovely room on the 2nd floor with good views. Very good breakfast cooked fresh with a mix of European and Chinese food.
This room is also a bar in the evenings and serves Chinese snacks. The hotel can also do a full meal if booked the day before - we did this one day and it was nice.
The hotel staff are very friendly with good English. They recommended a good local restaurant where we ate and rank for the equivalent of £5.
I would definitely recommend this hotel. There are resident cats if you happen to like cats - very friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cote Cour Beijing is a neoclassical Chinese courtyard-style boutique hotel that is fully equipped with modern amenities. We are located in Yanyue Hutong within an historical protected hutong area of the city which used to serve as a rehearsal area for royal musicians during China’s dynastic period. We aim to provide you with a stress free and sustainable living environment, with dedicated staff and affordable rates. ... more less
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