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"7 Night Stay ~ Please Read Full Review"
Booked in advance a 7 night stay at about 1,000 Yuan a night...about $150.00 US per night including buffet breakfast. A driver met us at the PEK airport for a COMPLIMENTARY drive to the hotel...3 night stay required for it to be FREE. It was very nice having someone there to take us to the hotel without incident/stress. We booked/paid for the night before since our flight came into PEK early morning. No problems there...the room was ready. We were told they upgraded our rom...we paid for a standard room with queen bed. They put an approximate hold on your credit card for estimated charges...could be an issue if you have a minimum credit line. Desk attendant took us to our room which was on the 3rd floor. DARK room, hardwood floors, BEAT UP OLD furnishings that should have been replaced YEARS ago. No dresser...so one lived out of their suitcase for the duration. Only about 6 hangers/small safe in closet. Stained walls/wallpaper. Dreary drapes. Bathroom had mold on the tiles...along with the bath mat. Flooring needed a good cleaning and re-grout YEARS AGO. Wallpaper seams were peeling. Window in shower did not seal. Dry wall falling on outer window area. A/C did not cool properly to setting...at NO time was it ever really cool. The sofa and area rug were DISGUISTING. Lighting in the rooms(s) was very dim...not anything to read by. In general, the condition of the room was BAD. Buffet breakfast served from about 7:30AM - 11AM. Always tasty even though it was pretty much the same thing every day. All was clean...no a/c in the dining room. Same restaurant at dinner time...well, don't eat there as the food was not good for that meal. ALSO, the hotel charges a 15% service charge on food/drinks for service. That is NOT the norm in China and we felt, as visitors from the USA/foreign country, we were being taken advantage of. That's quite a bit of money in China. Outside area was charming and clean. Many tables with umbrellas, lighting, Asian music, etc. Bar area inside was small but again, charming. One felt like they were in China/Asia...nice feel. Front desk had some staff that spoke English...and some did not. We never take that for granted as we do NOT speak ANY Chinese and were happy that a few could communicate. Hotel is located in a hutong which did not have much for visitors. All we saw was a small Chinese "Mom & Pop" store for beer, water, soda, snacks, etc. Only about a 5-7 minute walk to the subway/metro. Things were going good UNTIL the cab situation. We asked the front desk to call a cab....we were told we had to extend a tip or otherwise the cabs would not come. Whatever. About 5 rides and 3 times, scammed. First cab driver, TRIED to confuse us on the paper currency. Second driver, got us to our destination and then started yelling and LITERALLY TOOK MONEY OUT of my spouses hand for a tip. The 3rd and final time, well, it was a potentially dangerous situation for us. Asked front desk to call cab to take us to the Capital M restaurant. Said fare should be about 32 Yuan and about a 20-25 minute drive. ONE HOUR & 10 MINUTES later, the cab driver pulled over on some side street and pointed with his arm to get out of his cab and pointed down some dark alley street for us to go. He knew CLEARLY we did not know where we were or that we did not speak Chinese. 32 Yuan fare turned into about 65 Yuan and then he pointed to the bills my husband was holding...he wanted 100 Yuan...for NOT even being taken to the door of the Capital M restaurant. It was dark and we did not know where we were. After about 15 minutes, we finally we're able to hail down another cab to take us back to the hotel. It was scary. I asked for the hotel manager and the front desk took "care of the situation". We explained what happened and said they need to report it. Hotel offered a comp meal and sadi they would report it...as they knew the cab's number and GPS would show where he DIDN'T take us. No hotel staff ever got back to us. It was a forgotten night...but a scary night for us. Also, please be aware of your Chinese currency as there is MUCH counterfeiting in China. Get small bills from the bank or your hotel and pay exactly what is charged...don't get any money back. We learned the hard way...counterfeit money is a way of life in China. All in all, we thought highly of the hotel until the situation with the cabs. They WERE the calling force and they are responsible. We will never take another cab in China on our return. PS. We never got to dine at the Capital M restaurant...the one and only restaurant we made a reservation for in Beijing. SO sad.
"Excellent Traditional Hotel "
After finding this hotel through TripAdvisor we certainly had high expectations on arrival. We're pleased to say that these expectations were exceeded. The hotel itself is in a great location amongst a Hutong and is about 30 minutes walking distance away from the Forbidden City. It's also in close proximity to the metro station which we used to get to the Temple of Heaven. Upon arrival in Beijing we were instantly met by our transfer which we were pleased with as it was Golden Week when we travelled. It was late at night when we checked in but it was a breeze. The room itself was beautiful (my personal favourite in China), traditional and very comfortable. The courtyard was amazing and made us feel like we had arrived in China. Breakfast was also very good with an omelette station, other traditional western fare along with some local cuisine which was delicious. The staff were extremely helpful especially one kind lady that assisted us even though her shift had already ended. We saw her again the next night when she came over for a chat and provided some history of the hotel and suggestions on where to go at night. Above and beyond what you'd get at an ordinary hotel! If we ever venture back to Beijing we will definitely stay here again and we'll be recommending this hotel to family and friends!
"Great Location, Local feel and superb Staff"
4th time I've stayed here and looking forward to the next time. Staff is friendly and very helpful. Also very close to Tianamen Square and hotel has a beautiful courtyard with excellent food and view. A must if in Beijing !
"The Hutong experience is a must"
We stayed here for five days and could hardly have been happier with the decision. It's nothing like other hotels I've stayed in during previous trips. The small alley entrance, courtyard, and sitting areas feel more like a home than a hotel. The service was outstanding. We enjoyed numerous conversations with one of the administrative staff, Ying, who invited us to the tea house on one occasion when we talked for more than an hour. We took one of the deluxe rooms with a street view. The furniture and decorations were beautiful. On occasion I sat in the sitting area just outside the room to work in the middle of the night while working through jet lag. Food served at the hotel was very good. The breakfast buffet offered a nice variety. We also ate a delicious dinner in the courtyard. The hotel is conveniently located (at least for us). Just down the alley is a 7-11, pharmacy, numerous shops and restaurants (we really liked the restaurant 151 down the street). The Dengshikou metro stop is just south, though the entrance is a little off the main road--we missed the entrance the first time out. Would not hesitate to stay again.
"Character, charm and central"
Located in an excellent spot, next to a Subway and a manageable walk from Forbidden City, I strongly recommend this hotel based on it's charm and staff. While the room had some signs of use it wasn't dirty and the space and balcony more than made up for that. The whole hotel is decorated in a traditional/classy style, in a real Hutong and I can't complain about the nice breakfast/dinner (though we ate out a lot). There is western food but basic, we preferred the fresh bowl of noodles or eggs from the chef. What stood out was the excellent and kind staff. From the welcome to checkout they were nice and helpful. It was our 5th anniversary and unexpectedly we were surprised with a bottle of wine and rose petals! This is the kind of thoughtfulness I wouldn't expect from a chain. I would recommend an upgraded room for the full experience and comfort but would definitely stay here again in whatever they had going. We stayed in a Premium which overlooks the court rather than directly next to it.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM