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“Most taxis will NOT take you here. Beware!”
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Courtyard 7
Ranked #51 of 6,606 Hotels in Beijing
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

All the raves about this unusual place are fair. BUT you will be hard-pressed to find a taxi driver who will take you here. It is something about the location on a narrow street, even though there are fairly big streets just meters away. The drivers are simply frightened away. What the management needs to learn, if they want to sustain a Western clientele, is that they must indicate major landmarks on a map for taxidrivers- and don't let a single guest leave the hotel without one. I wasted two hours of my time getting back to the hotel, instead of a 10 to 15 min. cab ride. Also incurred major roaming charges getting telephone directions that didn't involve a cab. The management was 'kind' enough in the end to suggest I offer a cab driver 10x the fare next time...

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed 14 May 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed at Courtyard Seven for a week in early May. As with the other reviews I would strongly recommend this hotel for the tourist or family traveler.

Location: The location is perfect for exploring the city. The immediate entry to the hotel is along a narrow, dusty Hutong (small side street.) Don’t let this put you off. The main street to which the hutong is attached is one of the liveliest streets in the city. Think of the area as the Greenwich Village of Beijing.
There are many cafes, restaurants and shops. The predominant crowd is 20 somethings.

The neighborhood is not far from the main center sights such as the Forbidden City and Tiennemen Square. While one can walk to the square, I would suggest taking a taxi there and walking back.

Service: The staff of the hotel could not be more friendly or helpful. The front desk was as good as any concierge I’ve used. They scheduled my pickup car from and return to the airport. Made reservations at restaurants. And even ran interference from a tailor that was being less than responsive. I tipped them for their services and got back much in return. (Many of the hotel guests are Europeans who are notorious for not tipping.)

Rooms: The hotel and its rooms are on the level of a large country inn in New England.
The stones and wood are worn. It has the feel of a large old house. You sense the history of the place and for me that was good. The bathrooms were all quite modern and updated. The bed was a huge traditional Chinese, platform bed. Not all rooms have closets so make sure you reserve one if that’s important to you. Everyday there were fresh bottles of water and ample shampoos and soap.

Food: The breakfast was ample, varied and good. You can have an omelet made for you. There are five or six hot buffet items and a good selection of fruits, yogurt and breads. The breakfast room is a large traditional hall and there is a courtyard for outside dining. The hotel serves dinner but we were never there in the evening. I expect that it is good.

The Crowd: The crowd consists of family and tourist travelers of all ages. We met visitors from Europe, Australia and the Americas. Backpackers to retirees.

General Advice for first time travelers to China: Beijing is now a beautiful modern city rich in history and culture. I really want to go back soon and explore more. BUT it is not easily accessible like European cities or Tokyo. Very few signs are in English. It is the rare taxi driver that will understand any English at all. Have destinations written for you and keep a supply of the hotels business cards for returning. At the hotels and some of the shops they will understand rudimentary English, but don’t expect English in the local restaurants. (Most of the menus are picture menus so you can point.) One solution is a guide. Expect to pay $50-$100 for a guide for the day. He or she will be worth it.
Don’t rent a car. Take Taxis. Don’t buy a package with lunch and tickets included.
Buy them as you need them. (This is true for the Opera and tea houses.) Have a guide for the fist couple of days and then you can decide if you want to keep them. We had a guide for two days and then my daughter, who speaks Chinese , for the balance. Believe me the guide will pay for themselves in time and money saved not to mention their knowledge of the city.

Luxury: If you want a day or two of luxury try the Hans Royal Garden about five blocks away. It’s truly beautiful. A destination hotel.

Room Tip: As mentioned, if you want a closet, reserve one.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2011

Great hotel - really something different. Rooms were small but clean and pretty. Staff was very helpful when booking a great wall tour or early morning airport transfer. A little far from the subway, but there are plenty of taxis on the main road a couple blocks away. Would recommend to friends who are going to Beijing for leisure/sightseeing.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2011

Courtyard 7 is conveniently located in Beijing's Hutong. The structure was once the residence of a wealthy family in the classic courtyard style. It is more than 300 years old with original woodworks. If you love the feeling of staying in a historic place you will love Courtyard 7 or any of the many courtyard hotels in Beijing. They are designated historical places by the Chinese government. The prices are very reasonable, rooms are furnished with trational Chinese furniture with 21st century bathroom. Staffers are friendly and helpful when asking for recommendations for places to visit and how to get there. It is in a narrow alley where cars are not permitted. Your taxi driver can call the hotel from a cross street and a staffer will come out to help with your luggage. Beijing courtyard hotels range from luxurious to better than standard. The only thing I did not like is the rooms are dark even with all the lights turned on. If you expect to spend most of your time exploring the city, you will not mind. It is not handicap accessible. They have a website with pictures and online reservation capability. One big plus is it is within walking distance to Tiananmian Square, Forbiddne City, Lama Temples and Drum Tower. There are many unique shops in Hutong, some are owned and operated by Westerners.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

Hidden in a traditional Chinese courtyard building. This hotel has beautifully decorated rooms which are really cozy in the winter and I imagine the courtyards would be a lovely place to sit and drink a beer away from the crowds in the warmer months. Would highly recommend this hotel for the staff and the fantastic buildings. The area has some great little shops with plenty sweet treats and souveniers to be had. We frequented a backpackers nearby for a big cooked breakfast, milkshakes, fresh juice and coffee which set us up nicely for a day exploring Bejing. Lots of small bars in the area for the evenings. If you're planning a trip to the wall the hotel can arrange a private driver for the day at a very reasonable rate.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Courtyard 7

Address: No.7 Qiangulouyuan Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Beijing
#16 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#19 Family Hotel in Beijing
#67 Business Hotel in Beijing
Price Range: ₹ 2,594 - ₹ 5,059 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Courtyard 7 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Courtyard 7 is the first courtyard hotel in Beijing to adopt the Geothermal heat pump system.A typical quadrangle design, Courtyard 7 consists of three rows of courtyards, which occupies an area of 1800 square meters.In Courtyard 7, there are standard, suite, and side rooms. All rooms are bright and clean, private and quiet, and furnished with modern facilities, including telephone, cable TV, internet, etc.. King size flower-caved beds with all antique wooden furniture, modern and clean bathroom, make people not only enjoy their stay, but also can experience the precious and traditional culture of Beijing Si He Yuan. Courtyard 7 utilizes Geothermal heat pump and Solar energy environmental protection equipments to provide 24 hours heat, air condition, and hot water. ... more   less 
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