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Courtyard View Hotel (Emperors Guards Station HouHai)
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

We couldnt find availability in any of the other top 6 hutongs and ended up with Courtyard view for our recent stay in Beijing - Definitely worth getting down the list even though I typically dont go down that far in the list.

Hutong is in a central location (about 15min walk from Beixinqiao station in Red line?). Alternatively you can take Bus 107 from near the Hutong and for 1Yuan, the train station is only 2 stops away. Three stops on 107 on the other direction to Train station puts you right infront of a Chinese mega store where you can pretty much do all your shopping from iPhone/iPod covers to luggages and suitcases all at bargain prices... Ask Jerry or Sam about it before you check it out.. they can write the name of the shop in chinese.
Hutong is also next to a trendy alley that has several international cuisine restaurants. 2min walk from Hotel right in the alley leading to hutong is a Chengdu style restaurant which is VERY VERY GOOD.. we had almost 4 meals there and for a family of 4, we rarely spent >120yuan

OK, now the bad stuff.... getting taxi's to go anywhere from the main street of the Hutong location is tough. Roads are typically crowded and taxis arent enticed by the small business so they simply refuse you. We had to scramble and take bus/train once to go to Opera barely making in time after being refused by several taxis. The second time we had to haul three luggages in crowded buses to the Beijing Railway station. Jerry tried with us to find a taxi, but we gave up after 30min of trying instead hoping onto buses to get to the station in the nick of time. Jerry/Sam will however arrange a pick up taxi for you from the airport (240RMB) and there wouldnt be any issue with that.

Hutongs in general are connected to sewers with very low down pressure, so you cannot flush toiler papers as they will clog the drain. Leaving the soiled paper in the bin leaves an eternal foul odor in the restrooms... so thats something to watch out. The "NO paper in toilet" policy was also in our second hutong/guesthouse in a different city, so I am guessing this is a standard issue unless you are in a big hotel ( we didnt have issues in Chengdu and Shanghai later on in our trip as we were able to flush toilet paper down the drain without issues) - The rooms however were very well maintained and nice and clean and comfortable

Lastly a tip on train transfers out of Beijing.. we used Jerry's help to book the tickets which they did for a very small fee (40RMB)... However the agents are more agressive and get you the required tickets. Obviously with more demand than supply, train tickets are very hard to find and we only got 2 tickets when we had hoped for 4. So our two kids and us had to share 2 berths which took sleep out of the equation. So if you are desperate to experience a train journey in China like we were, either pick a route that isnt too popular or pay the extra fee (upto 200RMB per ticket) for the agent who will poach these tickets for you. Jerry/Sam can only do so much, so dont fault them on this one.

Room Tip: Explain your party size as some rooms were very very tiny... so dont just go for the lowest price room.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank mandd02
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

We stayed in the courtyard view for about 10 nights, with a group of 7 persons.
The advantages:
- great atmosphere ( small courtyard to read/chat )
- free laundry, wifi or computer use
- friendly staff ( always helpful, trusteable, ... )
- nice enough rooms: airco, flatscreen, shower...
- the area ( gulou dongjie, nanluoguxiang ) is one of Beijing's hippest: hutong bars, fashionable shops combined with traditional beijing city life scenery.
- basic but good breakfast

Some minor disadvantages:
- breakfast is outside, so difficult when the weather is not good. On some day BF was not ready on time
- the small rooms lack cupboards to put your clothes on. There's room for improvement on cleaning the rooms.

Overall a very nice experience in crowded beijing!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank Stef D
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

A great location and very helpful staff. Just don't ask them to wash your clothes. Comfortable rooms, we stayed in a standard 7 nights and then a deluxe for 3 nights for a change. The photos on some websites don't really show how it is, obviously not professionaly decorated, but it is comfortable and cheap and good after spending a day footslogging around a big city. Cleaned every day and the staff were always more than happy to help, helping us organize day trips. Near many restaurants and shops, down a lane in a hutong area giving a good idea of how life is for many ordinary Beijing locals. An easy comfortable place to stay for 10 nights.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Solyanka
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Reviewed 1 July 2011

My husband, adult son, and I stayed for 5 nights at the Courtyard View, and we were very pleased with the hotel. The staff were extremely helpful, even providing packing materials so that my son could send some of his odder-shaped market finds through as luggage. The street life of the surrounding hutong area was fascinating, and we found lots and lots of good, inexpensive food within easy walking distance. It was also wonderful to return to a clean, quiet, air-conditioned room with round-the-clock access to hot water.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank roamingrona
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

we were stayed in the courtyard view hotel for 4 nights.It's laceted in hutong area which we had a great expirence.we stayed in the deluxe room and standard room.both rooms are comfortable and clean.all the stuff in this hotel are friendly and made us at home.the location is also very confrence.we can walk to houhai lake,nan luo gu xiang,drum and bell towe.anyway,we all had a great trip in beijing and this hotel.i will come back with my frends.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank michellehan
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