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Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed here 3 nights with my husband whilst in beijing.. The Hutong area is like staying in the alleyways of Beijing, it was an authentic experience. It was about 15 minutes walk from the busier shopping/bars/restaurants area which was convenient but is far from the more modern side of Beijing. Given the cold weather during our stay i'd recommend staying here during the warmer months instead. The hotel is quaint, our room was basic given the price paid. We enjoyed the shadow art performance and the talk on its historical significance and the painting sessions which encouraged socializing with other guests. They even played movies at night in the common area for people to enjoy. All staff were very friendly. Breakfast was fairly basic and left a distinct smell lingering around. I'm not sure i'd stay here again, at least not in the colder months!

What a great hotel. Very clean and amenities were high quality. The staff was fantastic and very helpful. The Shadow Art performance itself was enjoyable. It was a great experience to stay in a Beijing hutong.

This hotel has all a traveler could need especially if they want a real sense of life in a hutong, a disappearing China cultural phenomenon. Accommodations, staff, food (breakfast comes with your stay) all excellent. And you can learn about shadow puppet theater. Would recommend highly with only drawback being it might require more walking than some desire. Therebis always a rickshaw to order remember.

We had a wonderful stay at Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel. The staff were helpful, friendly and very accommodating from the moment we arrived. The Hutong location was perfect for us as we were able to visit local points of interests that can be overlooked as Beijing has a lot of sights to offer. We also took part in their dumpling making class and also enjoyed the Shadow art performance during our stay. The breakfast buffet on offer was generous and delicious featuring western and local dishes. Our family room on the second floor was spacious, clean with great toiletries and free wi-fi. I would not hesitate to return again!

I would highly recommend this hotel. They are located only about a 5 minute walk from the restaurants and bars. Also, their WiFi works really well. The hotel staff is very helpful and friendly. The breakfast they serve is very good, they offer authentic, as well as western style choices.

This is a lovely small hotel in the middle of a hutong district with lots of small alleys with local, traditional housing and small food shops. We had an upgraded room on the second floor which was very spacious with a huge bathroom. Like others have mentioned there is a potential problem drain smells in the bathroom because the sinks and bath have no traps - but if you keep the plug in, it really isnt a problem. Staff really very friendly and helpful. Breakfast great and coffee definitely the best we encountered in China. Shadow performance fun as an introduction to shadow theatre. The real attraction of the hotel is its location - its superb to be in a hutong and to be able to walk to the Hou Hai lakes, Drum and Bell Tower, Behai Park, Nanluoguxiang Lanes. There are lots of great places to eat and drink around the lakes. Nearest metro is Shichachai is about a 10-15 minute walk but as others have said, it is not that easy for taxis to navigate the narrow streets - ok for arrival and departure but generally better to arrange a pick up on the edge of the hutong, or use public transport.

The Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel surely qualifies as a UN World Heritage Site! As a hotel alone it is quite charming with a lovely staff, very convenient for the Hou Hai Lake, Prince Hung Mansion and several good restaurants. What sets it apart from other boutique hotels is that it doubles as a charming Shadow Theatre, with its own cultural expert and master shadow character creator. There are frequent shadow performances held in the hotel's comfortable covered courtyard/lounge and the opportunity to make your own shadow character from scratch, guided and helped by the hotel's knowledgeable and patient staff. We had booked to stay here for several nights before setting off on our journey around China. On the Saturday afternoon we returned to our room after a lovely walk through the Hutongs to hear the sound of excited children's voices. As our room overlooked the courtyard/theatre we were able to look out on a children's afternoon workshop. About two dozen children were enjoying a performance, followed by shadow puppet making. We made our way down to sit in the bar area and soak up the wonderful,l busy atmosphere. Although there are plenty of good eating places within walking distance, I would recommend having at least one meal here. Their Won Tun soup with noodles is delicious. This is a very special place, not to be missed.

Nice boutique themed hotel with the same recurring shadow play theme applied across most of their decor. It's traditional decorated yet have all the modern facilities including accepting foreign credit cards which most hotel in China we realised don't unless you part of a chain, international etc. Hotel is located right inside the hutong where it is close to residential so it did help to make the hotel feels like a home away from home. The room we had was on the 2nd floor and was rather big - we got an upgrade so it was good! The hotel is famous for their shadow art show and is popular with the folks living in the area so you won’t get lost. Most of them are rather helpful in helping you find this hotel. Somehow the way they name the streets can be confusing as it did not run in order on that street where they are. There are a lot of eating places around the hotel if you want to explore (turn to the right after you exit the entrance). We discover most of them by taking different bus routes though we didn't get to dine there as there were more delicious options available where we were. One of the restuarants that we did try by the river, food was not that great there. There are a few bad things about the hotel though. Not sure if it is common in China but the bed is a bit too hard for my liking. The breakfast served also need some improvement. Location of hotel can be a bit of walk from the metro station - 10-15mins. However the area is serviced by both metro and buses so it is rather accessible. When we were staying there, most taxis are not willing to take you to key areas (like Wangfujing/ Sanlitun) as it is too near so taking public transport is your best bet (it did help us explore the area more). Most buses there goes to key tourist areas around town. We use Baidu map to help us navigate (do need to know how to write Chinese though or know how to write in Chinese the places you going).

There are several things we liked about the Shadow Art Hotel, location, public areas, and breakfast. Unfortunately there are a few we didn't like. We were there for four nights and made three separate requests to have the air conditioning turned on, our room was too warm. Each time they said they would take care of it, and didn't. The walls in the room were very dirty near the baseboards. My wife, and some friends in another room complained about a sewer gas smell in the bathrooms. As I said at the beginning of my review, we enjoyed the location, it was on a narrow alley and a few blocks from a subway station.

My 11-year old son and I just spent 6 nights in this wonderful hotel. We watched the shadow art performance, took a dumpling class and my son also painted his own shadow art dragon. The room was nice and clean ( 205) and there is a small grocery store around the corner for fruits and snacks. The breakfast is included and offers both western and Chinese food. The only thing is that it is somewhat hard to get to the hotel. Most taxi drivers will not drive into the hutongs. Especially at night. We asked for a better solution from the front desk but never got one so we finally got the business card to a restaurant out on the main street. Then we would just take a taxi there and walk back to the hotel.

No.24 Song Shu Jie, Xicheng District Beijing Beijing

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Houhai Park
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Downtown Beijing, Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Tao Kings Mansion and Prince Gong’s Residence. This 25-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Centrally located in Beijing, the hotel is also a short walk from Mei Lanfang Memorial Museum and Chunqinwang Royal Residence.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Get an energy boost at the coffee shop/café, or grab a drink at the bar/lounge.


Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel's 25 individually decorated rooms provide iPads, private yards, and free newspapers. 32-inch TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Memory foam beds sport pillow menus and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Free local calls, free bottled water, and safes are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and coffee in a common area. You can take advantage of free offsite parking, along with limo/town car service. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include free use of bicycles, a library, and express check-in.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Double Bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Premium Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 526 reviews