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Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I have stayed in this hotel 4 years ago. The accommodation and the service is very good and after all those years still on the same high level. The bed is very comfy and there are coffee making facilities in the room. The warm shower was amazing, the best I have come across in Beijing. You can borrow some bikes at the hotel so you can explore the area, which is very nice. From the front of the hotel go 100 meters to you right and on the corner of that street is a little supermarket for your basic needs. Around the Houhai lakes you can find nice restaurants and souvenir shops. Breakfast in the hotel is well organised and the coffee tastes very nice. The art and the puppet show makes this place definitely a different experience then other hotels. Recommended.

This is a wonderful hotel. The location is fantastic if you want to experience the hutong culture of old Beijing. It's far enough away from the tourist intensive hutongs around Prince Gongs' mansion and Yandai xie to be much more authentic, but within waking distance of those areas as well. The included breakfast was great with good coffee, and the Chinese cultural experiences were really worth doing.

I loved my stay here. The staff are very helpful. Location is excellent as this part of Beijing is not allowed to be developed and there is a close by subway, restaurants and The One shopping area. Beijing is huge but this area has a more community feel. It was safe to walk around even at night. Prince Gongs palace is a must see in the area. The hotel has the youngest shadow puppet master in residence and you can make a shadow puppet with him. Breakfast is very good and meals are also available later in the day.

This beautiful hotel is situated in the midst of a Hutong. The room is very nice, even though it was just a standard one. The staff speaks English but, although manageable, you have to work hard to understand them. They are super sweet! They gave us a bottle of wine for our honeymoon. Breakfast is good and there is plenty to choose from, i.e. bacon, eggs, toasts and different kinds of fruit.

Good location to reach different subway stations, quite close to Houhai lake with bars and restaurants although the neighborhood is quite poor and dark at night. There is a beautiful and bright atrium where a good breakfast is served. Our room was clean, quiet and very well equipped. Our room doesn't have an external window but only an internal one facing the atrium. Staff is kind and speak good English.

The hotel is located in the Hutong. We had a family room which had plenty of room and was very nice decorated. The bathroom was awesome. The hotel and the rooms were very clean and well take cared every day. If you want to see the every day life of the chinese people the hutong is a great area. The lake shichahai is only 15 minutes by foot away and there you can find many restaurants and bars with live music to spend your night. The neighborhood is old and authentic and very safe to walk at night. The breakfast had a lot of variety and the coffee was of excellent taste. You can ask the hotel for airport transfer because it is difficult to find and chinese people do not understand english. The people of the hotel were always very happy and polite.

Great small hotel located in a Hutong. Super friendly staff made us feel like home. Do not miss one of their shadow art performances. Rooms nice and cozy. All rooms are decorated differently. Highly recommended.

From the welcome cup of fruit tea, to the arranged ride to the airport, we LOVED this hotel. Embedded in the HuTong neighborhood in Beijing, this hotel is a remodeled grand home. Yes, the rooms are small but the atmosphere of the hotel more than makes up for that! The shadow puppet show was amazing, and afterwards I took the opportunity to paint a puppet of my own (I did the dragon - the choices ranged in price from 100 to 200 yuan). The breakfast had a lot of variety and everything was good. The neighborhood is really cool - not touristy and it feels old and authentic. We never felt unsafe walking to and from the subway, even after 10pm. The driver they contracted to take us to the airport was BY FAR the best driver we had - not one scary event in the whole trip!

I thought I had a room here, but there was confusion with the booking agency that caused the reservation to be canceled. The staff was extremely sweet and helpful in finding an alternate location in Beijing. My daughter and I came back the next night for the puppet show and puppet making. The on-site restaurant was good and there always seemed to be something fun going on here. I will try to stay here if I have the pleasure of returning to Beijing in the future!

This is a gem of a hotel! Situated in the middle of a charming hutong area not far from the Lotus Lane and about 40 min walk from the forbidden city. The hotel is lovely with nice rooms and friendly staff. We booked an airport pickup to get to the hotel. If you don't mind spending 400RMB, I highly recommend doing this as a lot of taxis have problems finding the hotel. We stayed in a deluxe room with a view of the courtyard that had a shadow puppet theatre. There were a 30min performance held every other day. The room was lovely, well airconditioned and had a nice size. They served a comfortable breakfast in the lobby that consisted of western and Asian food. All in all a fantastic hotel that I highly recommend to everyone.

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90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 499 reviews