Du Ge sits along a quiet alleyway southeast of Nanluogu Xiang, one of the liveliest and most touristy hutong neighbourhoods, chock-full of bars, boutiques and eateries. It’s not very convenient for the subway, but that’ll change come 2012 when the second phase of Line 8 is completed.
There are two categories of room types, but I’d definitely urge guests to shell out for one of the four pricier rooms. Larger and more luxurious (I love the regal splendour of the Imperial Suite and the zesty brightness of the Bamboo Suite), you also get a host of extras thrown in for a stay of three nights or more, including in-room foot massages, a bottle of French wine, free laundry and afternoon tea for you and up to four non-guests.
The warren of wooden corridors, moon gates and courtyards is a little cramped but lovely, with swaying bamboo plants and candles lighting the pathways at night. There’s a small library for guests in the Cigar Room, and some outdoor seating.
Eating and drinking
The six-table Reflections dining room is very impressive for such a tiny hotel, with baccarat chandeliers, hardwood furniture and gorgeous tableware. High rollers can splash out on rare French vintages and Cubans in the Cigar Room, and the White Russian Bar – complete with bow-tie wearing bartender – is equally glam.
Tour bookings, free use of bicycles, a DVD library and the hotel can rent out pre-paid mobile phones loaded with useful numbers.
With just six rooms, you’ll have their full, personalised attention.
Who stays there
European, American and Chinese honeymooners, wealthy holidaymakers.
Du Ge is one of Beijing’s most expensive courtyard hotels, but you do get a lot of bang for your buck, including free airport transfers (for the higher tier rooms), a butler service, refreshments, Wi-Fi, and courtesy bicycles.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Romantic courtyard setting
- Striking, boutique-style rooms
- Great location
- Only six rooms