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Reviewed 11 January 2017

We had a 2-night stay here while the hotel was undergoing renovations in October, and would strongly encourage potential guests to contact the hotel to confirm if the renovations had been completed already.

The good:

The staff in general were quite helpful and friendly in their own way. When we had some initial issues with the toilet and TV, and called for help, the staff came very quickly to our room. He even went the additional mile to show us how to use the shower without us asking. Staff at the breakfast area were friendly too.

The hotel is very near Huoguosi Street, which is a popular street known for street eats. It is also pretty near the subway 平安里站 Ping An Li Station exit.

The WiFi connection was quite strong and stable. There was no access to Google, Facebook, or Instagram. We use Baidu for maps and searches, and it worked well.

The room itself was pretty alright. Pretty traditional decorations, interesting phone design, etc. The bed was very firm, and the pillow was very flat. Still, we slept pretty well.

The not-so-good:

It was not made known in advance that there were MASSIVE renovations going on, be it the hotel website, or booking.com, where we made the reservations. While the rooms were not being renovated (our room was quite dated with rather old carpets), the rest of the place was. Which meant that the "traditional feel" that we wanted to experience was totally spoilt, plus it could get rather dusty.

Upon arrival, the hotel staff did tell us to go check out and see if renovations was acceptable, and that we were welcomed to cancel our booking. We could also rest at the reception and decide, or leave our luggage with them and go explore outside for alternative lodging options. However, it was already quite dark by the time we arrived, and we had to check in 1 night in order to get hotel WiFi. We were simply oo cold and tired to walk out. After confirming that everything in the room was working fine, we decided to stay on.

The water pressure was terrible, and we had very hot showers every day, for the staff who came to show us how to use the shower kept telling us not to change the water temperature.

The staff told us that the heating had not kicked in yet (apparently, there was some kind of universal start date for heaters). We tried to use the heater function of the air conditioning; it was pretty alright in the end. We also found the quilt with some light stains, which we used over the blanket.

For similar pricing, there are definitely more comfortable modern hotels available. Perhaps the place will be much better after renovations are completed.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lendeliz
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

I specifically chosed this hotel because of its location in the hutong. I did not regret the choice and neither did my family. We loved the traditional architecture, the location and it is very near to the Pinganli metro station. Around the hotel, there are many local eateries and snacks so you have ample of choice. The rooms are small as we added an extra bed for our daughter but it was comfortable. Breakfast was alright. In the evenings a young lady will come to play traditional music instrument to entertain the clients in the courtyard. There are some interesting shops that sell traditional scrolls, wooden carvings and paint brush holder. There's also a pottery and local shops that sell kick knacks for cheap. We will definitely chose this hotel again if we come to Beijing. It was all in all a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank PM92120
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

The staff are friendly as they can speak pretty good english, especially their FO manager . It looks like a new modern hotel .The location of the hotel is wonderful . We had a wonderful time there as this hotel have free in room stable internet . We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Orlando Z
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Reviewed 26 April 2015

We stayed he for four nights and LOVED this hotel. It is quite hard to find the first time. Find Huguosi Snack Street. The cab will need to drop you there. Then walk down Huguosi alley until you see the public toilet (used by many huotong residents). Turn left. (By now you'll think--oh no, this can't be right.) You'll see the Huguo Temple, built in 1274 (now being refurbished). Walk down that smaller alley and you will see the large doors and the sign for Ron Yard Hotel. When you step thru you enter another world. Beautiful Qing decorations around three courtyards. We talked to the regional manager on our last day. He explained that this was the former courtyard for the old Huguo Temple. Every emperor made an annual trip here to pray. During the Cultural Revolution, it served as a coal yard for the area huotong. In 2005, his group of developers built this hotel in the traditional style. It is one of four in Beijing. Despite being "new" it has a wonderful, old feeling to it. We spent evenings eating snack street carry-out in the lovely courtyard with comfortable tables, chairs and couches. Our bathroom was huge and modern, including a pedestal toilet and a deep bathtub.
Our only complaint, a big one for us, was the HARD mattress. We managed by folding up duvets to provide cushion for our hips (we're both in our sixties). If you do not mind a hard bed, this place is perfect.
Not much English spoken but not a problem. You will feel like you are getting some idea of huotong living, walking past the doorways that lead down more alleys, passing laundry hanging on lines, seeing people in pajamas walking to the toilet early in the morning, hearing vendors on motorized carts drive by each morning with their bizarre recorded tunes announcing they are ready for business.
Lots of good food on Huguosi snack street.

Room Tip: Our room backed onto the alley but we did not find the sounds to be annoying. It just added to the colorful nature of the community. In mid-April, no need for A/C. All windows are operable and our weather was perfect.
  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank nancytom2014
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

We enjoyed staying at the Ron Yard hotel and found the staff to to be helpful and the location in the Hutongs interesting.
The breakfast was Chinese and quite nice.
Our room was a good size and very comfortable (bathroom very big) and the courtyard style of the hotel a nice change from a regular hotel.
There are several pet cats who live at the hotel very cute and funny but I would not recommmend it if you have allergies.
I recommend printing directions to the hotel in Chinese to give the cab driver (is you use one) as it is in a bit of an obscure location down an alleyway, or phone the hotel and have the cab driver speak to them.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank z_ir_samson
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