We stayed for four nights during our first trip to China. We had wanted a Chinese experience and this was a great start. The hotel is in on the forth hutong (narrow road) up from Dongsi tube (not Densikow as stated in Rough Guide) making access easy to the cheap and convenient (but packed in rush-hour) tube system. When getting to the hotel by taxi we found that if we stayed in the taxi, rather than getting out at the entrance to the hutong, and insisted on being dropped at the hotel, the hutong was, in fact, perfectly passable . At night when walking it always seemed safe in the day and evening. All life is there on the hutong and, with a little imagination, you may get a glimpse of how life was lived before the city was modernised.
The hotel itself was once a wealthy merchant's house and has the traditional Chinese courtyard design. Our family room was large and airy with an adequate shower and other facilities. We found the bed perfectly comfortable and, with its carved screen surround was quite memorable. The staff were all terrific, speaking excellent English and arranging our trip to the wall and onward train tickets. It was always service with a smile.
The absolute highlight of staying on this hutong was the discovery of Taste restaurant near the Dongsi tube end of the Hutong. The restaurant opened in July and has had excellent reviews. It is very reasonably priced with mains costing from 30 Yuan up and local beer at 10 yuan a pint. In four days we ate there four times!
- 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