This hotel was quaint and full of character, transporting us to an exotic, other-worldly place. The online photos of the red-painted stair rails are accurate. The staff went out of their way to accommodate us and there was always at least one person with very good English. The room furnishings were a little 'tired' and the bathroom was basic but our showers were hot and we slept well so we were happy.
We organised a tour to The Wall 'Jinshanling' with Reception and the tour company were very good and there were hardly any other tourists in this section (take your own breakfast/snack/water/sun-hat/umbrella/money for cable car). We went on a Tues in June and it was very hot and some areas were very steep (either stairs or inclination) - not appropriate for anyone unfit.
We loved the location of this hotel - it was surrounded by many tranquil streets to explore and a couple of walking-distance popular, touristy hutongs full of boutique shops, bars and restaurants. We initially had trouble finding it - one of our electronic maps was mis-leading - make sure you have thoroughly investigated the location if arriving late at night by taxi (and have the name printed in Chinese, not English, to show the taxi driver). Otherwise, it's an easy 8 minute walk from Andingmen subway station.
5 minute walk from Andingmen Subway Station
Exit A from station.
Walk south (towards Beijing) crossing motorway overpass.
As soon as you have crossed motorway overpass (do not continue south towards shops) you should see narrow park with pathway which lines the motorway. At the entrance to this park pathway you will also see 5 decorative metal rings buried in the ground, and a wooden bench/balcony (30m long) where people sit/rest during the day.
Turn right (west) into this park pathway with trees (park is just about 5m wide and stretches out before you). Continue (west) for approx. 320 paces (passing two minor roads heading south). Next minor road, turn left (south) and in this street you should see the “Imperial Courtyard Hotel” neon sign flashing. Walk 50 paces to the sign, turn left (east) and the entrance is 5 metres down on the right (south). Hopefully the neon sign is always on!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Courtyard Hotel Beijing