We were pleasantly surprised at the size of the room. It was clean and comfortable. The staff were a little stingy with the replacement of toilet paper though. We had fresh apples delivered daily and fresh water. Overall a really nice stay, and a cheap cab ride to anywhere.
It was wonderful to return to the peace of the Spring Garden Courtyard Hotel after a busy day amid the crowds, dust and noise of Beijing. The staff were always friendly and exceptionally helpful. They were happy to book taxis, call restaurants and answer queries. The 500-year-old courtyard house is quite beautiful and reminds one of how much has been lost in a city ravaged by ring roads, tower blocks and seemingly endless construction sites.
2 Bedroom Suite was huge!! Very comfortable. Pool was very nice, locker rooms were very clean as well. My wife said the room service meal was so so but there are plenty of nice resaraunts close by. The hotel is connected to a huge 10 story mall so there was lot's of shopping including a convenience store.
By far the best part of the trip was shopping at "Silk Road". It is a 7 story mall with excellent quality knock-offs of every major brand. Be ready to negotiate, as I got into the swing of things you could buy stuff for 10-15% of their asking price. It is 98% cute Chinese girls who speak excellent English and they are tough, just be ready to walk away and they will give in. If I could bring them back to the US and build a sales staff with them I would be a Billionare in 2 years.
McDonalds and KFC are just a Heartbeat or Heartattack away if you need them. Great little tour company in the lobby with English speaking guides to take you to see the local sights. Beware of the "Foot Massage" place they might take you, They get you in a room while you are getting an incredible footrub and then a Chinese Herbal Doctor and a Tibeten Doctor reads your palm and offers to cure you for a few hundred bucks. This experience will rival any timeshare presentation that you may have been to.
Great hotel, great price and great location.
We booked a 70 years old lady into this hotel. She was a bit worried about going around by herself after checking in, somebody told her the taxi driver can not read the Chinese, so even she takes a hotel business card, she might not be able to get back by taxi. She emailed us and we contact the hotel. The hotel Front Manager and General manager lent her a mobile and offered their own mobile number, and promised to get her back if she has problem. They looked after her well, solve all her particular requirements. She did not actually had any problem during her stay and told us everything was great. It is good to see the hotel made such effort for their guests. They have Shadow puppet show on Tue, Thur & Saturday as well. Which is quite interesting to some guests like traditional Chinese culture.
Melanie from 5 Star China Holidays Ltd UK
Our stay was a very pleasant one. The location is right in the heart of all shopping, local food, and much shopping for trinkets. The people working at this location were a delight, and very helpful. At times during the busy portions of the days at times it was kind of tough to hail a cab as others would tend to beat us to the punch but the bellman would assist us with our needs every time without even asking.
We chose this hotel for proximity to our activities and price discount for multiple day stays. It was one of the better Chinese hotels I have stayed in over all my trips to China that the hotels is NOT a Western Brand. They did have 1 staff member at all times that could speak English. While the room accommodations were more than adequate small things like not top sheet on the bed, no control of the Thermostat in the room and some issue of cleanliness (the carpets needed a thorough cleaning) where our biggest issues from a Westerners point of view. All and All though if I can sleep in the bed and have a good shower, everything is good and I could do both of those things. The staff was very helpful in everything we approached them about even warning us when they weren't obligated, to avoid certain things! This section of Haidian district does not have many visible restaurants, though there are some great local restaurant experiences a few blocks off the main road and a magnificent park behind the National library! I would stay at this hotel again!
Not too bad. Some hassle at check in about two beds and bigger room. Lots of cigarette smoke and some funky odors. Tough to get a taxi to drop off at lobby. Got cards for nearby hotel and walked from there. Off the main path, not for first timers or picky travelers.