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Having taken the first flight out of Seoul to Beijing and arriving around 9am, Vicky and I were excited about our first Chinese hotel stay. We’ve been Couchsurfing almost exclusively and the prospect of a 2-night hotel stay was overwhelming. Would we really have two nights all to ourselves?
Getting to the hotel from Beijing airport is a bit tricky (so we wrote detailed directions below), and I have to say, the surrounding area isn’t much to look at (though, after spending 3 days and 2 nights there, we both felt it was reasonably safe). That said, the location is really top notch. The hotel is only about 5 minutes from the Andingmen metro station, which is on the circle line and therefore centrally located. I’d like to say it’s a stone’s throw away from all the major sites, but really, nothing in Beijing is. Still, without much effort you can get to many of the top sites (Tianamen Square, The Imperial Palace, The Lama Temple, etc).
When we arrived, the lady at the front desk greeted us cheerfully with decent English and informed us that for our first night we had been upgraded to the deluxe suite, for no other reason, I can imagine, other than the fact that we arrived at 11:30AM (2.5 hrs before check-in). No objections here.
The suite is decorated in what appeared to be a traditional Chinese style, lots of red and gold curtains and covers as well as having the usual, western amenities (flat screen TV, refrigerator, etc). Asian mattresses tend to be hard by Western standards, but having traveled through Japan and Korea, we were already accustomed to it.
We spent the first day mostly lounging around and enjoying the hotel. The wifi is a bit spotty and reception differs depending on the room’s location. We saw many guests using their computers in the central lobby where I suspect it is the strongest.
Breakfast (which was included in the stay) the next day was filled with options. The hotel offers several different styles (American, European, Chinese, etc). We kept it simple – American, which, I thought even by American standards was pretty hearty and included 3 slices of toast, a sausage, a slice of bacon, a hash brown, a fried egg, butter and jam.
Afterwards we were “downgraded” to the room we had originally booked. Though smaller, it actually came with a larger bed and bathroom.
Overall Vicky and I were very satisfied with our two night stay and felt very refreshed to continue our traveling. Beijing is a site seeing city, so above all I look for a hotel to be reasonably priced and centrally located. If in addition I can get a solid breakfast and check my email, I consider it a win. This hotel accomplished that for us and we are comfortable recommending it.
*The hotel provided tea kettle in room, towels, shampoo, soup, hair dryer, slippers, toothbrushes with combs and toothpaste, and two bottled waters each day. The only minus was the spotty wifi, though there are 2 computers for use in the lobby.
From the Andigmen subway station take the North West exit and turn right to cross the road and continue walking to cross the major highway (2nd ring road) passing beneath you. Take a right after the major road and walk down about 300 meters until you see a small alley with a sign for Huayuan Dongxiang – turn left there. In the distance you will see signs for the Imperial Courtyard hotel, walk towards them and then take a left into the smaller alley where the hotel is located. (When you exit the metro if you pass by a stream you have gone the wrong way, turn around the walk in the other direction)
Imperial Courtyard Hotel
Address: No.16 huayuandongxiang Andingmen Dongcheng District Beijing 100009 China
$66USD for a deluxe room for two with breakfast included
We received a two night complimentary stay at Imperial Courtyard from Asia Rooms, however, all views expressed here are entirely our own.