This hotel is pretty, there's no doubt about that. When you walk in, you really feel like you're entering someone's home. The beautiful entry way, the common area, the rooms, all are pretty and feel very authentic. When we arrived, there was even a young girl strumming on the Chinese mandolin. We certainly felt like we had arrived in China. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the shower worked adequately well.
The front desk didn't speak hardly any English. I'm not holding that against them, as this seems to be the norm, but it's just a head's up. Breakfast was good and more than adequate to get the day started.
Two things broke the spell for us, and will make us hesitate in returning. The first was an incredibly bad order coming from the sink. It smelled like someone had stuffed dead animals down the drain a month ago. We spoke to the front desk, but their response was just to give us a little fragrance dispenser. This didn't help at all, and we hated coming back to the stinky room at the end of the day. To be fair, our friends who stayed with us in a different wing did not have this problem.
The second was the noise. The common room is right next to half of the bedrooms and its design (old open courtyard that was covered) acts as an echo chamber. Every chair scrape, word spoken, cough emoted sounded ten times louder than it needed to be. Not sure what they can do, but at least put some anti-scrap things on the bottom of the chairs. The walls are very thin, and we heard everything that was spoken by our neighbors.
It's a shame that these two items took away from the experience, because the hotel is well-situated and very pretty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As a typical two-entrance quadrangle, Old Beijing Square Hotel, with a long history of 300 years, locates at the thousand-year-old Baochao Hutong. It now becomes the must-go tour site of old Beijing hutong trip, serving as the bridge to experience old Beijing Hutong and quadrangle architectural culture. As the only folk music themed hotel, every guest room is named by ethical instruments and folk music performance is held every week, and thus the whole hotel is burst with folk music artistic atmosphere. Our hotel is located at No.38,Baochong Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, with an housing area of together 700 square meters. Nearby is the Bell House, as well as South Luogu Alley, Houhai, Lord Chunqin's Mansion, Lord Gongqin's Mansion, North Sea Park, Imperial Academy, Jingshan Park, as well as the Lama Buddhist Temple. Our location is perfect and transportation is convenient. Elegant and comfortable, the hotel is of rare quietness in this fast-pace city life. Lively 200-year-old date tree stands still within the courtyard , till now fruitful on autumn; back the courtyard is the luxuriant wisteria, below which stone table stands, which could be the perfect place for friends' chatting. The hotel could provide you a nice place to enjoy the very leisure in the busy life. ... more less
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