I stayed 6 nights in this hotel during a business trip to Beijing. The room was very comfortable and I enjoyed the bathroom a lot. The design of the room was the coolest I have seen so far. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The internet access was a bit slow. For business travellers who need to be in CBD, this hotel is a very good option.
The design of the rooms are very funky and cool...
This is a Hutong style house directly next to Forbidden City. This is a positive if you want to see Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. The hotel is not easy to find. And as you read later, this is the main reason not to use a taxi to get around for this hotel. The hotel is down an alley way and the door is around A corner. There is a small street type sign from the road to the alley and another small one at the corner the entrance is hidden behind.
You enter in a storage area and then into a small office. From there is an open walk way into the courtyard. The courtyard is covered by a glass ceiling. In the courtyard are several traditional tables and a long table with two computers for guest access. Wifi is free and available in all rooms but really not that strong.
My room was tucked away at the base of some stairs on the first floor. It was very dark going to my room as there was no light outside of it. Made it hard to find the key hold. The room is small and furnished with a traditional Chinese canopy bed which was really nice. The mattress was good and firm just how I like it. One problem with the bed was that there was no sheet between the mattress cover and the comforter. So you were either really hot or cool during the night. The room did have central air and could make it as cool as you like it.
Where the room really fell short was the bathroom. The bathroom was small and the shower was the entire bathroom. Everything gets wet. Made it difficult to use the sink and mirror after a shower. Probably typical for China but I do not like it at all.
The staff were very friendly and helpful as they could be. They would write addresses in Chinese so I could give them to taxi drivers. However, issues with Beijing taxi drivers, even with an address in Chinese was a huge problem.
As I have mentioned in my profile, I am a Hotel Enthusiast, regardless of category level. I find everything about it very interesting - from the building structure & design, to the smallest amenity & simplest service.
In this review, I will share to you OUR PERSONAL LEVEL OF SATISFACTION, base on our experience, by simply rating the amenities and services that we have used and availed during our stay. My rating will be from the scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). I will also highlight the hotel's outstanding qualities and features, if there's any.
Ratings for Sunworld Hotel Beijing:
Reception - 5 (Low rate due to Language Barrier)
Room (Double Deluxe) - 10 (Complete Amenities & very clean)
Room Service - 10 (Fast service)
Housekeeping - 10 (Fast service)
Breakfast Buffet (Sunny Cafe) - 7 (Food is great but menu almost never changes)
Bell Service - 5 (Low rate due to Language Barrier)
Security - 10
* LOCATION - Sunworld Hotel (formerly Beijing Tianlun Songhe Hotel) is located in dongcheng district, the center of downtown Beijing at the corner of Wangfujing and Dengshikou (the 'Golden Street' and 'Silver Street' of Beijing). Sunworld Hotel Beijing is near many famous historical and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City, Tian An Men. There are many commercial buildings and shopping malls in close vicinity. Just across the hotel are various eateries and cake shops, which my husband and I loved!
The Classic Courtyard Ideally located in Hutong area in Beijing's city centre, The Classic Courtyard is a 5-minutes walk from line 2 and line 5 Yonghegong Lama Temple subway station. It offers clean and comfortable accommodation with convenient access to nearby attractions. Airport Expressway is a 10-minute drive away.
Housed in a traditional Chinese-style courtyard, The Classic Courtyard is a short 5-minute walk from the Goast Street, which is famous for the food and snacks. Popular attractions such as Lama Temple, Confucius Temple and Nanluoguxiang Hutong are within walking distance of the hotel. The bustling Sanlitun and Houhai Bar Street are within a 10-minute drive of the hotel.
The spacious rooms come equipped with modern facilities including air-conditioning, attached bathrooms and free Internet access.
Guests can relax at the comfortable lounge and mix with others and watch films. A bar and restaurant serves Chinese and Western dishes as well as American breakfast.
Feel at ease with the hostel’s English speaking staff when making ticket, transport and tour arrangements at the travel desk. Other facilities include laundry and bike rentals.
If you take a taxi, it will cost you about 80RMB to The Classic Courtyard including the high-way toll.
If you take a shuttle bus (16RMB PP) or airport express (25RMB PP): get off at the 'DongZhiMen' station which is near the hostel, then take a taxi (about 13RMB) or by subway (line 2) to the 'Yonghegong, Lama Temple' station, from exit 'C', turn left (maybe turn left two times, there are two ‘C’ exits altogether, it depends), walk along the street about 100m,still on your left, you will see Bei Xin Hutong , inside 50m, The Classic Courtyard is standing there.
Order our Limousine service its cost 300CNY (Including highway toll and Airport parking cost)
From Beijing railway station:
Please take subway line No.2 (circle line) from 'Beijing railway' station to the 'Lama Temple' station, from exit 'C' turn left (to south) walk around 100m, passing the Lama Temeple, also on your left, the second Hutong is Bei Xin Hutong, The Classic Courtyard is inside.
From Beijing west railway station:
Take a taxi; it costs you about 40RMB.
Or take the bus Te2, get off at 'Yonghegong Qiao dong',turn left, walking along the red wall of the Lama Temple about 300meters, you will see the 'Beixin Hutong', The Classic Courtyard is inside.
From Beijing South Rail Way Station: Get on the subway line4 to Xuanwumen Station, exchange line2 and get off at Yonghegong station(also say Lama Temple,which is the transfer station line2 and line5), from exit 'C' to the ground,turn left. We are 50m south of the Lama Temple
The Classic Courtyard
Address: No. 31 Beixin Hutong Yonghegong Street, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng, 100007 Beijing, China
The rooms are quite typical of a nice hotel--Clean, comfortable, etc. What sets this one apart is the "extra" it offers:
There is a theater IN the hotel, with live performances of the Beijing Opera in the evening, and hotel guests can attend. We went early so we could watch one performer put on his complicated makeup out on the stage to show the audience how it is done.
The hotel performance was 4 selected opera segments—the entire operas are very long. Females sing in a screechy falsetto. One segment was funny—a mock fight in the dark, with two men trying to find their opponent.
The Classic Courtyard
Property and management of Chinese families, the Classic Courtyard Hotels are installed in old houses in the historic center.
The Classic Courtyard Hotels were created with the idea of promoting charming hotels that reflect Chinese and Beijing’s tradition and culture as in a friend’s home in Beijing.
These small hotel units offer an intimate and welcoming environment . A special balance has been struck between local traditions and modern-day requirements thus creating an alternative to large luxury hotels.
The hotels’ location in Beijing’s historic center facilitates immediate contact with the most genuine aspects of the city, ranging from its monuments to the local lifestyle.
Decorated with traditional Chinese furniture, the guestrooms of The Classic Courtyard Beijing face the courtyard and are also equipped with modern amenities like LCD televisions. The comfortable beds are also dressed in a unique Chinese style, providing you with an authentic experience.
We have a friendly English-speaking staff with many years of experience dealing with foreign tourists. If you need further information on traffic, restaurants, shopping etc., just ask our staff. We will try our best to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible.
Either for business or travel, The Classic Courtyard Beijing will be an ideal place for your stay in Beijing.
The Classic Courtyard Hotel Beijing is located at the Xi Cheng District, a 20-minute walk from Hepingmen Subway Station, 15-min-drive to railway station, 40-min-drive to airport, 40-min-drive to expo center, 20-min-drive to coach station
From Beijing Railway Station to the Classic Courtyard: take Subway Line No.2 at Beijing Railway Station and get off at Hepingmen. (Three Station)
From Beijing West Railway Station to the Classic Courtyard : take Bus No.9 at Beijing West Railway Station and get off at Chongwenmen, then change to Subway Line No.2 at Chongwenmen and get off at Hepingmen.
From Beijing Capital Airport to the Classic Courtyard: take Airport Bus No.2 (from Beijing Capital Airport to Xidan) and get off at Dongzhimen, then change to Subway Line No.2 at Dongzhimen and get off at Hepingmen.
Address: No 157 Nan Xin Hua Jie Xi Cheng District 100052 Beijing China
Reservation, Inquiry and Direction: 86-18611604056
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Classic Courtyard Tours and Travel
Classic Courtyard offer tours to all of Beijing’s famous attractions, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. If there are any other locations/venues you would like to visit, we can arrange custom tours for you. We recommend seeing Chinese acrobatics, Shaolin Kung Fu and Beijing opera. We can also help you book domestic and international flights, train tickets and hotels throughout China.
I have not stayed in YH or HI in Beijing before, but I have stayed in a hostel with private room and shared bath. No 161 Hostel. It cost around Y 138 per night, it is consider inexpensive but very uncomfortable, not much space and the room is not that clean.
I have stayed in an YH in Luoyang before, terrible experience. Don't expect you will get YH standard like you have in Australia! But I have seen some nice YH in Xian, very cultural , look nice from the outside , but not sure about the room. The room rates are comparable with other hotel chains in China, maybe slightly cheaper but not much!
My points are;
1) The hostels in China does not have the Western standard in term of cleaninese and good operation! If they charge you Y50-Y80, they think you should not be complaining too much. You will either get a simple bed or a room with smell , not ventilation , some problems with the room!
2) Based on my own observation, foreigners or westerners choose to stay in hostel mostly because of the language barrier, which most hostels staffs can speak English ! and of course they think it is cheaper to stay in hostel, and usually thay are situated in strategy location.
3) Hostels is the comfort zone to a lot of backpackers and westerners ! Here is the place where they can meet new friends, and have good chat with international visitors.
4) The hotel rooms in China are not that expensive as comparing to hostels especially you are traveling with another persons or friends! I usually pay around Y120 ( US$20) to Y220 (US$38) per night everywhere in China,; Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian are slightly more expensive, but if you book earlier with www.elong.net , you can get good deal! Try not to book last minutes! Walk-in is a bad idea! I usually stay in Home Inns , a hotel chain throughout China. I usually have comfortable sleep with their room. Internet, drinking water supply , good locations! All their hotels are standard , you won't see much different in each one of them! But they are many hotel chains out there , you can search www.elong.net. You don' t need to pay using cc during booking! U pay upon check-in , this is the great part I like!
5) You must be aware that not all hotels in China can host international visitors! You must ensure to tell them that you are foreign visitor during your booking, otherwise you will not be able to check-in to the hotel if they don't have the licence.
It is feasible. The point is you need to departure from Shanghai in the morning, since the train takes you 5-8 hours to Beijing South Railway Station. You can find the train's time table in the following webpage.
If you arrive at Beijing before 21:00, it will be convinient for you to find a
decent hotel(with or without reservation). However, if you arrive in Beijing in the weekend or holiday, and no hotel reservation in advance, sometimes it's not easy for you to find a decent hotel.
For choosing a hotel, anyhotel you reserved on "www.elong.net or www.ctrip.com" will be fine. However, I suggest that you can live a little bit far away from the railway station. Since there isn't many sight seeings there, living near the railway station is quit boring. You can just take a taxi, to "Houhai". you can find a lot of Bars there. Or you can live near some universities, the foods near universities are usually cheap and delicious.
As a yong man, I suggest that, if your budget for hotel is below 50USD per nigh, you can live in:
"7 Day Inn (http://en.7daysinn.cn/)",
or "Jinjiang Inn (http://www.jinjianginns.com/resv/resv1----1100---56---2012-07-03---2012-07-04----00-----1.html)"
If your budget is high, you can choose very big hotels on the websites such as "www.elong.net", "www.qunar.com" or "www.ctrip.com".
Regarding the weather, now it is becoming hot in Beijing. So you'd better take your sun glasses. :)
I was at the hotel for over 10 days and happened to be there during my birthday. The staff was so nice that they made me a cake and delivered it to my room.
They were also nice enough to upgrade my room as a rewards member to a massive ambassador suite that would usually run around $500 a night. I got it for only 15,000 Marriot points per night. This is the equivalent of about a $150 a room per night.
I alsow was meeting up w several friends in Beijing and Victor, the guest manager, was kind enough to provide 4 extra beds in this massive suite with no extra charge. Normally, they would charge about $50 per night.
In Beijing, when the taxi drivers pick you up a the airport and see that you're a foreigner they sometimes don't turn on the meter and charge whatever price you want. This did indeed happen to me and Mike, at the concierge, was nice enough to help me through with this problem. I thus gave only half of what the driver was asking, which was the fair going rate had the meter been on. Mike told me to just walk away and said the hotel staff would protect me if the driver became irate. The taxi drive left but the staff was on alert in case of anything.
As for the staff in the kitchen, they were wonderful. A girl named Lisa was so attentive to my and my mother's every need. My mom was so happy, she felt compelled to write a recommendation to her.
We stayed here last July and the standard of service and hotel are both excellent. We were upgraded to a suite and the room was excellent.
The lobby was welcoming as were the staff and there is a nice bar behind reception.
The hotel is very clean with beds made up etc every day.
The bellboys are excellent. Just tell them where you want to go and they will write it down in Mandarin for you so you can give it to the taxi driver.
It is fairly close to the centre with about a 20 or 30 minute walk to Tiananmen Square (taxis are cheap though).
All in all I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The hotel is located in the most accessible area of the city, Very close to the Banks,Restaurants such as Mc donald, Just behind the hotel there is a Plastic Hospital. and very beautiful church in dongcheng district.
With the most largest and beautiful ball room, where you have a beautiful music.
You will never regret having choose this hotel.
The hotel is 5 star and it has the best service ever, It offers facilities and services such as ,Gym, sonar,beauty centre,confrence rooms, internet cafe and 5 star restaurant and luggage wrapping service.
The rooms are very warm ,clean and beuatiful filled with a chinese luxury theme,the bathrooms are outstanding, If your room is on a high floor,the view is amazing.
you are also provided with a cash bar and a very special tea in your room.
Very effecient service ever and you can be serviced in English too.
The hotel provides the best breakfast with variety , from western to chinese meals.
This hotel is pretty swanky. The service is great, the amenities are nice, and it's really a high class hotel. They have a great steakhouse in there that we tried. Nobu, the Japanese restaurant is also on the lower level, and the breakfast buffet is nothing short of really good! Large varieties of both Chinese and American food is available. And the presentation is good. Everything is fresh and delicious.
There were only two downsides. One is that you had to pay for wifi. I'm used to free wifi in the room. Wifi is free in the lobby however. The second is that while this hotel is in an area that is really a hotspot, it's tucked away in an area that is hard to find. And when you tell the cab driver "JW Marriott" there's always confusion with the other Marriotts in Beijing so you really have to know how to get there.
Some unique things about the room is the TV in front of the bathtub. Window from the bedroom to the bathroom. The venetian blinds can offer privacy if you need it. There are two shower heads. One that is standard, the other that is on the ceiling. It feels great!
I booked a Discount Economic Room (No Window) of this motel with elong.net. When I arrived at the motel, the staffs are really friendly and said I was lucky to have booked the Y98 room for 3 nights during National Holiday. I booked the room 2-months in advance due to the rate and the location.
Basically, the room is on the basement of the motel. I walked down on a dusty and dark stairway to the basement corridor. They have a good secure automatic door. When I went into the room, I was having a mix feeling about the room, but I accepted whatever it was as it was only Y98 per night.
1) The room is big with King size bed with modern furniture including a computer desk.
2) The shower was functioning well with modern glass panels and a door.
3) The internet's line is working well, but not fast enough as compare back home.
4) The location is not bad as you can find restaurants, supermarkets, public buses, and not far from downtown Beijing.
5) Friendly and helpful staffs.
1) The room was not clean on the first day I stayed in. The floor was dusty, and the room smile stuffy. But on my second day, it was much better after the cleaner cleaned the room.
2) Part of the room looked like unfinished renovation. I could see a rusty air-cond pipe, and an unpainted wall.
If I can get a good deal Y98 of this motel room in Beijing, I think I might return. Otherwise, there will be no reason for me to return.
The Guanganmen Station is under construction. So, they will have metro stop in few years time.
We stayed here for four nights in a standard double room. The room was clean and I liked the design - colour scheme was black and white and red. The bathroom was also nice and they were pretty generous with their free toiletries. There was air conditioning and everything seemed new and modern. The bed was rather hard, but less so than a lot of places in China where you might was well be sleeping on the floor than a mattress! There was no breakfast included as such, although they did drop off milk and biscuits in our rooms every evening, which we deduced was probably meant for breakfast. The staff at reception did not speak good English, but once we were able to make ourselves understood, they did manage help us. The best and most useful thing about the hotel was that they provided tiny fold out cards with a map of the local area and some instructions for taxi drivers in Chinese asking to go to various tourist sights and so on. The location was also great - central and close to a lot of good restaurants, the station for the express train to the airport and about 10 mins walk to Sanlitun where the Yashaw Market is and a great many bars.
Hi, we stayed at this apartment called Jinqiao. (http://www.jinqiaoapartmenthotel.cn/english/jinqiao/gy.asp) They were very accommodating they had pretty nice rooms too.
On a side note, I made a little slideshow from last year''s trip to Beijing. Hope you guys enjoy it and find it helpful! :)
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