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“Awesome friendly English speaking staff in cozy hidden away hotel.”

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Imperial Courtyard Hotel
Ranked #176 of 6,530 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed 25 May 2011

Don't let the area around the hotel fool you. The Imperial Courtyard Hotel isn't the easiest to find and the neighborhood might not be where one would expect to find a clean, comfortable and friendly hotel, but it is! Don't be turned off by neighborhood. The hotel is down a small alley in the Hutong, but it's close to main roads (but far enough not to hear any of them), just mins walk to the subway (the best way to get around Beijing, and to and from the airport), short walk to shopping, banks, restaurants, the drum and bell towers, and a well kept secret, the Temple of Earth (counter part to the Temple of Heaven).

The hotel itself is very small with only 15 rooms. The decor and style is of traditional Chinese culture. It's both beautiful and in superb condition. The rooms are smaller, but cozy and have everything one might expect of a bigger hotel. It's true as some others have said in their reviews, there are no windows that face the outside of the hotel, but there are that face the courtyard in the hotel. They provide plenty of light and openness so you don't feel confined at all.

The staff is likely the best part of this hotel. They are very friendly and can take care of most things a travel will want. They arrange tours, mine was a last min decision at 10:30 PM and they took care of it for first thing the next morning! They are very young, but don't let this discourage you. Their English overall is as good as any you'll get in Chinese hotels.

One thing should be noted. The listing for the hotel I saw said free buffet breakfast. It's free, but it's not a buffet breakfast. It's a simple American style breakfast where you can pick any 5 items such as eggs the way you like, bacon, sausage, toast, etc. It's not big, but it's tasty and it is free. Other free thing include high speed internet, wife, and even use of their computers provided in the lobby. One might expect the lobby/courtyard to be noisy and make it difficult to sleep... it never was! I was there 4 nights and not once did any noises bother me.

The best parts of the Imperial Courtyard hotel were the very friendly and helpful staff and the close proximity to the subway station. Beyond that, the very clean and cozy rooms and hotel made it all that more special. But if you're new to this hotel, be sure to have good directions and have their phone number handy, just in case you need to contact them for directions. Once you're there, you'll wont be disappointed! Oh, and under USD 50/per night for a single, you get great value for your money! Bottom line, awesome little hotel and would highly recommend it.

-Fred

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 May 2011

This is my first time at beijing. My best friend she work with siemens china. She recommended us imperial courtyard and also she make for us reservation. When I am arrived that small street called in china hutong. I really disappointed but wnen we are in site of imperial courtyard my all disappointedness was gone. It's really amazing. Mainly traditional style. At rooms furniture architect work all is modern blend with Chinese tradition. This hotels all staff always smile face and everywhere very clean. They have lots of type Chinese food every night we really enjoy. Hotel arrenge for us great wall, city tour, kungfu show. There tour guide explain us all spot details. She is very professional. There complimentary breakfast is very simple. We order different breakfast from menu it's cost per pax 25rmb. Last night hotel gave us complimentary dinner with Chinese wine. At last we are very satisfied and remember our stay at imperial courtyard.

Room Tip: Executive double
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

This is an absolutely first class courtyard hotel in beijing hutong. It's beautiful, impeccably taken care of, and the service is almost always awesome. People were very nice as well.
I no need stay at hotel in beijing because i have apartment. I staying there because i arrange my friends birthday party at Imperial Courtyard. They gave us one complimentary room including birthday party price. We just staying there one night. I found this hotel is central location and very near to subway station also closed to bus stop. i appriciate that designer who make this hotels design. Elegant design with chinese traditional style.

Room Tip: All romes is Courtyard view with traditional desin
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

This hotel is very new. Few things is still under construction but all furniture and equipment is new and fresh. Rooms and lobby are very well decorated, all as on photos on his internet site. Very friendly english speaking staff.

But you must understand that is a small hutong hotel in a really hutong site. For example - taxi driver always have troubles with locating this address. But for us - that was exactly what we want.

PS. There is no safe in the room, and no iron in whole hotel, so on laundry. And breakfast is not so good. We recommend to check breakfast bills.

Room Tip: We was stay in room 202. This is the best one.
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 March 2011

The staff was helping, speaking english and the room was clean. Nonetheless the hotel was not up to my standard. The room has no window to the outside, it was a bit noisy at night and the hotel is located in the middle of a old and vetust neighborhood. I think it's ok for backpacker.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Imperial Courtyard Hotel

Address: No.16 Huayuan East Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range: RM218 - RM349 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Imperial Courtyard Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is situated in Beijing, a city with a unique history and a magical aura about it. Imperial Courtyard, an 18th Century courtyard, having been totally renovated to the highest standards, now combines the beauty of the past with the comforts of today and offers the perfect environment for its guests relaxation and is the ideal accommodation for a “get away from it all” visit to historical and traditional Beijing. ... more   less 
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