Charming Courtyard hotel. Nice staff. Very helpful. 7 min walk to subway. Most cab drivers will not know exactly where this place is. Without proper directions, you may have trouble walking to this place. I advise emailing hotel in advance and asking for detailed directions if you are taking the subway here, or for a taxi, ask the hotel staff to email you the address and directions in Chinese as most cab drivers will need that to get you here.
The place is pretty average by Western standards, but for the price, the quality was ok and the location is excellent. It's 10 minutes walk from Tiananmen square and Qianmen subway, as well as a hutong district. There are shops nearby for grabbing water and necessities. The staff speak no English, but we muddled through with some pointing and miming. The room was not bad, if a little frayed at the edges. If you're looking for somewhere to laze around in luxury look elsewhere, but as a place to dump by stuff and collapse after a long day, it was spot on.
"Perfect for me, for great location/basic comfort"
It really depends on what you are looking for. I really miss this hotel for its great location (walking distance to the top attractions such as Wang Fu Jing and TAM Square) and the basic comfortableness. It is on a quiet street despite proximity to the attractions. The room had no window - but it worked for me, as first it's at the end of the aisle and noise was really low (the rooms were not very soundproof), 2ndly to me a window only provides path for the smog which nowadays often plagues Beijing. At night it was perfectly quiet and dark. And the bedding was just what I like. Clean soft cotton and basic but comfortably supporting mattress. Surprisingly I did not get any aches/soreness I usually got sleeping in cheap hotel beds as I did elsewhere.
On the other side, the room was definitely not at high end. The water was good and hot but the shower was directly onto the bathroom floor, with only a curtain shielding the cabinet from water. The room was very small with only space for a full bed, some basic furniture and not much more open space. I did not even both to go to the roof as everyone said it was not good, and did not try the breakfast which was optional and expensive. But what you want to see is outside, isn't it?
Call if you need a taxi. The main road does not allow taxis to stop, the local street does but it is not where taxis usually pass by. Subway is very close. And many hotels do not provide heat until the official heat providing date in city.
The Chinese government puts many international visitors in this hotel, because it is a one of a kind historical building that preserves traditional Chinese imperial furniture and furnishings. Internet is not perfect, but that is not unusual in China. Good choice of restaurants, excellent pool, barely acceptable gym. Rooms are spacious with luxurious appointments, but you can tell it has been in business for quite some time.
This is a lovely little hotel in a classic Beijing alley. Our first room, a double, was small and not ideal. Thankfully we were upgraded and the second room was much better for a couple. The hotel is charmingly decorated with wonderful courtyards. A much more intimate experience than some of the other option son Beijing. Great breakfast too. Thanks to the staff for making our stay so welcoming.
Carol from Sydney
Located in the city centre, this traditional Chinese courtyard hotel is three km (two miles) from Tiananmen Square and …More
Our stay was a very pleasant one. The location is right in the heart of all shopping, local food, and much shopping for trinkets. The people working at this location were a delight, and very helpful. At times during the busy portions of the days at times it was kind of tough to hail a cab as others would tend to beat us to the punch but the bellman would assist us with our needs every time without even asking.