We stayed here for 4 nights at the start of our 2 week China trip, wanting something more authentic feeling which this certainly provided. On our first night we were placed in a tiny room opening right up into the main area which totally lacked privacy and had two tiny twin beds. Second night requested the second floor and to our pleasant surprise ended up with a large room with huge bed and very comfortable. Bathroom was not very clean but not unexpected, and overall the property was very comfortable and a nice place to return home to after a day in the Beijing heat and humidity. Staff were generally very helpful and gave us good advice on when to visit what, even helping us make restaurant reservations over the phon. We asked about the breakfast but as we were in a rush every morning and there was really no sign of a kitchen or anyone else eating we decided to pass. Usually stopped at a nearby convenience store on the walk to the subway for some water and a few snacks before an early lunch.
As others have mentioned the property is tricky to find at first as it is tucked away in a small alley. It is about 5 min walk from the subway, not a very pleasant walk (traffic, smelly), but the alley itself is fairly peaceful. Returning late at night though the alleys were extremely dark, though it did not feel unsafe. There were a couple restaurants nearby but nothing that looked all too appealing to try. While the proximity to subway was nice, it still felt a little far from everything as it was at least a 20 minute subway ride anywhere we wanted to go. The neighbourhood did feel very authentic and we often saw rickshaws driving through pulling Chinese tourists who would gawk at us westerners, which we found amusing. I enjoyed our stay here but next time would likely choose something a little more in the action.
- 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