#1 best thing about this hotel is the staff. I have never had a hotel experience quite like staying at the Double Happiness. I traveled with my wife and 3 children and since the moment we left the hotel we have truly missed every member of the staff there. I have had great service at hotels but nothing like this. They helped us out with everything and took time to help us immerse ourselves in the culture of China. My son celebrated his birthday at the hotel, Alan and several others on staff helped us find a cake down the street.
#2 best thing about this hotel is the location. If you want to stay in a high-rise downtown, thats great but we will never forget the incredible experience we had living in the Hutongs. You will not regret it. I felt that we truly experienced Beijing.
#3 best thing about his hotel is the courtyard and rooms. The rooms are fantastic and the courtyard is very peaceful. We enjoyed the evenings just relaxing in the courtyard or watching the sunset over the hutongs from the balcony. Absolutely beautiful!
#4 best thing about this hotel is the happy bar. Sitting in the bar drinking a cold Tsingtao beer, listening to the harp and talking to Yang Yan the bartender was one of the best things about this hotel.
Critical items: Since there were 5 of us, we needed an extra bed since even the family room only comes with two beds. The extra bed was a little expensive...about $50 (USD) each night. This is me being very picky, they had the bed ready when we arrived so yes the price is a little steep but again the staff was awesome, the bed was awesome so I just did not care.
We booked a tour group to the Great Wall. The bus was very uncomfortable and the tour guide (not hotel staff) was terrible. She told us one thing about the wall total. We passed this critique on to the hotel staff and they took it for action. Again the staff was awesome. They helped us book a private driver later in the week and that was fantastic.
Overall: This is not a hotel with 5 star amenities but I would give it a 6 star rating if I could. The service, the locale and the experience made this the best hotel stay of all time.
Thank you Vivian, Alan, Nancy, Evelyn, Steven and Yang. You made our stay wonderful. We will visit again for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Living in the real heart of the city, you have the chance to witness the daily life of Chinese people. Living in the courtyard house with over 500 year's history, you are closer to those ancient Chinese stories. Our hotel is suitable for culture explorers & mind-peace seeker. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Beijing