We spent 2 nights at Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard hotel beginning of January, using the 72-hour visa possibility at the way back from Thailand.
The family room was fantastic. It had an antique double bed with curtains, another slightly smaller double and a single. The furniture was so charming, and there were colorful silk fabrics on the beds. The bathroom was clean and nice. Both us adults and the kids loved the quirkyness of the hotel, you go in, then out, up some stairs, then to your room, there are courtyards and semi-open hallways. The breakfast room was rather small but there was always room, and they fitted in a huge variety of food for breakfast that we loved. In the evenings we were too exhausted to eat elsewhere, so we had drinks in the small bar and some food, listening to live music by a girl playing a traditional instrument. It was simply great.
To see the daily life in the hutong when you go out for the day also adds to the experience.
They are strict in China with the Visa routines. Our youngest got the wrong stamp in her passport and we almost had to go back to the airport on the morning we arrived to the hotel. However, with frantic search of phone numbers by myself and finally some help from Vivian in the reception with discussion in Chinese, a nice car eventually pulled up in the hutong with the same airport official that had stamped the passport wrongly - and corrected the error. What a fantastic service! Both us and the hotel staff were surprised!!
Although we managed to see the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall (Mutinyau) there is so much more to see in Beijing, we hope to be back soon and then we will definitely go back to this hotel!!
- 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