I took a solo trip to Beijing in off-season November. I stumbled upon Lusongyuan Hotel during one of my many visits to Tripadvisor as I planned my trip. I could not have been more pleased with my hotel selection. Here are my Pros and Cons: Pros first:
>As many reviewers have stated, the location is outstanding, and is the property's best attribute. Easy access to the metro, buses, shopping and restaurants. Easy to navigate to most of the “tourist” spots. Some are within walking distance (Bell and Drum Tower, Lama Temple). The historic nature of the Hutong makes for a pleasant experience. You do not feel like you are in the middle of huge metropolitan area.
>Excellent front desk staff that adequately communicate in English. They went above and beyond in helping me communicate with my tour company.
>Breakfast was included in my rate and I enjoyed the Chinese offerings each day. Although they offered western breakfast options, I can’t imagine why one wouldn’t partake in the local favorites.
>The room was small, but comfortable and the bathroom was clean. Housekeeping did a nice job each day. I did get to see other rooms, which appeared to be spacious. However, for a single traveler who only used the room to sleep and bathe, it was perfect. Nice touches included a bathrobe, slippers and bottled water. Note: I did see other rooms which were significantly larger than mine, and those would be very comfortable for a couple.
Cons: Not many to mention. The smallish bathroom is what some refer to as a “wet” bathroom. The shower had a curtain, but is not separated from the rest of the bathroom. Thus, the floor tends to get wet.
Tips: I had the most fabulous Peking Duck at Siji Minfu Roasted Duck restaurant (Dongsi 10th Alley location), which is a short bus ride away from the hotel. Also, had great Jian Bing close by the hotel on the east side of Jiaodaokou Street.
Bottom Line: I would certainly return to Lusongyuan Hotel, and am happy to recommend it to my fellow travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beijing Lu Song Yuan Hotel is a traditional compound of quadrangle composing of 5 courtyards. It lies at the centre of the ancient city, in an old styled "hutong" (Mongolian for water well) in the eastern part of the city. The hotel building is famous for its imperial living taste of the Qing Dynasty with a history of nearly 170 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lusongyuan Hotel Beijing