I selected this hotel based on the great reviews in TripAdvisor, and I couldn't have been more pleased. I arrived early, worn out from 3 weeks of business travel and looking forward to a few days being a tourist in Beijing. I was delighted that they were able to accommodate my request to check in early, and thrilled when told I had been upgraded to one of the wedding suites.
The fact that it is a courtyard hotel means the corridors and stairways are cold in November, but my room was toasty warm. The firm mattress and fluffy duvet were a perfect combination after a long day of walking in Beijing. As I told Jaclyn when I checked out, I had the best sleep of my entire trip while at Double Happiness.
It's a great location; a little further down the hutong than I expected, but I enjoyed the walk in and out each day. (Definitely take a cab when arriving with luggage, and print the card the hotel sends you to hand to the driver.) The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square make for a nice outing; and the subway is quite close when you don't feel like walking.
I had dinner at the bar one night. This was during the time the chef was on vacation, so the dining choices were limited, but the company was great and the local red wine quite tasty. The bartender (Yin?) was super friendly and gave me historical information about some of the sites I was thinking of visiting the next day. Every member of the staff I dealt with was lovely and genuinely friendly. As others have said, everyone makes you feel like your happiness matters to them personally. I would definitely stay here again if my travels bring me back to Beijing, and will recommend it to friends and colleagues.
- 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