Templeside Deluxe Hutong House

2, Baita Xiang, Anping Xiang, Zhaodengyu Road, Beijing, China, 100034

Guest room

By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#27 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Beijing
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
3.8
3.8
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
4
4.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Great views / scenery, History, People watching, Sightseeing

Expert review of Templeside Deluxe Hutong House

Friendly, family-run hostel in an authentic neighbourhood.

This bright courtyard hotel won’t win any design awards, but I found it a very welcoming place, with higher spec rooms than similar backpacker-style digs. Bobby and his wife go to great efforts to make guests feel at home, and the location - right beside a beautiful Tibetan temple deep in the hutongs, is quite special.

Location: 

It can be a bit of a struggle to find, but you’ve got the magnificent white temple as your guide (it’s just to the south). The surrounding hutong neighbourhood is humble and local – a more authentic contrast to the gentrified lanes and coffee shops of Dongcheng District. It’s about a 10-15 minute schlep to two subway stations.

Bedrooms: 

All the rooms open on to a central covered courtyard, which makes mixing with other guests just about mandatory – not the place to come if you demand privacy. Rooms feature big Chinese-style beds (rather hard), tiny shower rooms, flat screen TV, fridge and Wi-Fi. South-facing rooms have temple views. Three ‘family rooms’ are a bit older and mustier but do have their own bathtubs. A big duplex room has a large downstairs living space and two bedroom areas upstairs, sleeping six at a push.

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Public areas: 

The courtyard is a pleasant clutter of plants, fishponds, tables, chairs and other odds and ends. Typically, the roof construction that encloses the original courtyard is a bit of a botch job. A small second floor terrace has great views out across the rooftops to the temple.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is western style, with simple Chinese dishes available for lunch and dinner, all eaten in the courtyard.

Leisure facilities: 

Each room has a printed guide (written by Bobby) detailing Great Wall tour options, Beijing opera ticket info and local bus routes. It’s refreshingly honest, as the entry for Badaling Great Wall shows: ““a bit touristy, easy and good value”. The hotel hosts sociable weekly events like dumpling making on Mondays and a family meal on Thursdays. Ask Bobby for a map of the local alleyways.

Service: 

Family-run and very friendly. Only eight rooms so there’s usually someone on hand to help.

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Who stays there: 

Independent travellers, couples, Europeans.

Price advice: 

Breakfast not included. Free WiFi.

Pros: 
Family-run a with warm welcome
Atmospheric local neighbourhood
Near to Beihai Park and Forbidden City
Cons: 
Rooms on the small side
A bit cluttered

More information on Templeside Deluxe Hutong House:

Type:
Hostel
Address:
2, Baita Xiang, Anping Xiang, Zhaodengyu Road, Beijing, China, 100034
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant

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