Halfway along a quiet alley close to the centre of town, it’s just about walk-able to the Forbidden City. The immediate neighbourhood boasts some good local restaurants and a massage centre.
Even though they’ve managed to squeeze in 32 guest rooms, they’re generally fairly spacious compared to many smaller courtyard hotels. The interiors are fairly basic, with Chinese-style beds, wooden furniture and small bathrooms furnished with clean towels. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities and a PC. Two rooms have bath tubs, but I was told that there’s usually insufficient hot water to fill them. Several family rooms that sleep up to four are available. A trio of rooms have delightful little private balconies, but these are impossible to pre-book – request them on arrival and keep your fingers crossed.
The narrow entrance lobby is a bit dark and dingy – things pick up once you get inside. The courtyard at the back is the biggest, with several tables and chairs for the good weather.
Eating and drinking
The breakfast room doubles as a simple Chinese restaurant in the evening, with plenty of western dishes on the menu for fussy eaters. There’s a well-equipped bar inside, with comfy couches and a wide-screen TV for movies.
The hotel is adept at booking tours, tickets and onward travel.
Very good, with friendly, English-speaking girls at the front desk who seem to genuinely enjoy their work.
Who stays there
European and some American tourists of all ages; families.
WiFi and a basic breakfast included.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- People watching
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Suitable for families
- Great service
- Traditional architecture
- Chilly in winter