Posted Jul 7, 2012
The hotel room itself was fine, with clean sheets, a tile floor and sanitized slippers. Just about everything pleasant ended there, however. It is located in a hutong, a very traditional section of Beijing, which was quite charming. Taxis will not go into hutongs however because their alleys are very narrow, so be prepared to make a couple of turns and ask locals for reassuring points in the right direction when the taxi drops you off on a nearby main street. Likewise on the way out, the hotel won't call a cab for you so give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go in case you have trouble flagging down a cab in the rain or rush hour. The bathroom left a lot to be desired, with a pour drainage and curtain system that inevitably soaked nearly the entire bathroom and toilet. The hotel would only give one room key, which is annoying if you travel with a partner but occasionally like to do independent activities, and during our six day stay twice the key stopped working and we had to go back down 4 flights of stairs to have it fixed. (No elevator) Not big deals in and of themselves, but the trip was filled with lots of little inconveniences such as these. We had major issues with washing clothes--don't even bother trying. Staff does not speak English, slow check-in and check-out. Plenty of nearby hotels with better prices.