We enjoyed staying here so much we extended our stay for an extra two nights. The best thing about this hotel is the location in an unpretentious and genuine hutong, completely unlike the commercial ones that have been tarted up with poncy coffee bars. The hutong has lots of great and cheap restaurants with staff who made the effort to understand our sign language, and lovely street food (the pancakes with fried egg, sauce and lettuce are fab). there is a friendly fruit seller and a couple of useful mini marts.
The hotel's 6 rooms are arranged around a peaceful courtyard that seems a world away from the busy Beijing streets, despite the fact that you are actually very centrally located, 5 mins walk from dong dan station, and v near the forbidden city etc.
Yang, the guy who works there, is very friendly and helpful. He even accompanied us to the travel agent to help us buy our high speed train tickets to shanghai. And he ran after us to return the tip we had left him!
The beds were large and comfortable, the shower always hot, and the aircon quiet.
The place could do with a lick of paint and it suffers from Beijing dust. The breakfast, which was included, was passable (sliced bread, tea eggs and instant coffee). The laundry was extortionate. But all in all this was a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emperor's Guards Station Courtyard Inn, which has a warm, welcoming, clean, and comfortable environment within the profound cultural connection to Hutong life. Each room shows a different taste of Chinese culture with diversified features of oil paintings and Chinese traditional handicrafts such as clay figures of warriors and horses, ancient bronze wares, ancient handwritings and paintings, paper-cut words and Chinese long-stemmed pipe, etc., all designed to show a glimpse of 5000 year’s worth of Chinese cultural history. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beijing Courtyard