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Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We loved our 5 day stay at this hotel. Location was great, situated in the Hutong only 10 minutes walk from Behai north station. It is also only 10 minutes walk from the lakes and great areas in the Hutong with bars and lots of authentic shops. The hotel itself was very clean and staff were helpful. Breakfast was also nice - although my only complaint would be that they stop serving at 9.30am! We attended one of the shadow puppet performances and it is definitely a must see while at the hotel! Great show and only 30 minutes - it was soo interesting to get an insight into an old Chinese art. They hotel had Beijing’s youngest shadow puppet master performing which was very cool. You could also paint your own shadow puppets or do dumpling making classes!

We stayed for only one night in March and will recommend this hotel to anyone who will ask us about Beijing. It’s a small and very unique hotel with a lovely atmosphere. The reception staff are very friendly and have very good English skills, and were very helpful with everything. We got a map from them in which they marked down our location and also few good places to eat, which was a life saver! We had room 108, which is a small room without a window outside, and it was very cozy, clean and comfortable. The breakfast was very diverse and delicious! The area seems quite rough on the outside, but we felt safe nevertheless. We took a normal taxi from the airport for approximately 100 yuan. Make sure you print the address in Mandarin or have it on your phone to show the driver. Don’t be scared when you enter the small streets right before you arrive to the hotel! I would prefer this hotel over a big brand hotel anytime.

Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel will provide you with an authentic stay in a traditional hútòng (surrounded by locals). Something a big chain hotel amongst the city skyscrapers cannot do. An email pre-arrival confirmed our stay, provided tour options and clearly identified how to get to the hotel via chosen means. Make sure you check the direct website before booking elsewhere online for any special offers. We arrived by the local subway (Beihai North) and found it be a 15 minute walk. The directions provided helped us to easily find it. The Beijing Subway is easy to use and very efficient. Check in was very pleasant with a complimentary cup of tea, information about the hotel and surrounding area with a map was provided. The styling of the lobby and common areas is to a high standard and beautifully done. The hotel has several room types - Standard, Deluxe and Premier. It seems a Standard Room is on the ground floor, a Deluxe Room is on the second floor and perhaps the Premier Rooms are the fancy ones with the ornate screens. I think to enjoy your stay the most and have more space and amenities, I would recommend you book a Premier Room (budget allowing). We booked a Deluxe Room on the second floor and it was a very small western style room that did not have a refrigerator. To be fair there is a full list of room inclusions on the direct website so take extra note of what you are booking (as we assumed a deluxe room would include a refrigerator). The bathroom was nicely done and very large with great water pressure in the shower. The staff in the hotel were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. They really helped us out with an extra night's booking at the last minute when we had flight problems. Breakfast was ok but became boring after 5 days with no rotation of items. Some of the bakery items were stale and some were fresh each day. The coffee machine was very slow and average coffee but that seems to be the norm in China (from our experience). Lots to see and do in the local area with plenty of areas to explore on foot. Varied array of eating options also in the local area. Also not far to the major sights on the subway from the local station. Be prepared for lots of stairs on the subway, escalators are not always available in the direction desired. If you turn right from the hotel and walk a little way down the street, there is a corner store. We picked up extra snacks and drinks from here. We did the tour to the Mùtiányù Section of the Great Wall. This tour gives you three hours free time on the wall and in winter this section had a minimal amount of tourists. Our guide was knowledgable and we enjoyed our time on the Great Wall. Overal I would recommend you book a stay Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel. It was a pleasant stay, the staff are friendly & helpful and the location feels authentic.

This is the friendliest most welcoming hotel. It’s not flashy and if you are new to Beijing you may be surprised as it is in narrow streets. But those streets are safe and the welcome is warm. The staff do everything to make you comfortable and to help you get around. It also has performances and displays and so has people especially kids coming and going so is lively and fun. Do stay here!

We stayed here for 3 nights in Deluxe Room. This hotel is really parked in the middle of hutongs, you could see houses and several family grocery stores around it. As we booked direct through their hotel website, we were offered a free airport pick up service so we didnt have to worry about getting a cab with our luggages. They offered us a drink while they process our check-in and also provided us with a map while explaining to us how to reach the subway. Room: The hotel atmosphere was really good, you could feel the pride they have in Shadow Art with the interior designs surrounding every corner. The room was basic and a little small for our luggages, but overall we managed with that. Only downturn is that they do not have a fridge in the room. Location: Shichahai is a happening place, you can find eateries, pubs, shops, entertainment, attractions all around. We basically walked to most of it. Great Wall: We woke up early and walked to Deshengmen Bus Station from the hotel, takes us about 20-25 mins while enjoying the morning scene of hutongs. You can take bus 877 from the bus station to Badaling Great Wall. It just happens that on the day we went, snow came in Badaling area and 877 service was stopped. Eateries: We had Peking Roast Duck at the famous Quanjude, they actually have an outlet in Shichahai. Also BBQ at one of the shops along the main road called Ba Qi Shao Kao (八旗烧烤) Attractions: Recommend visiting Prince Kung's Mansion, walking through Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yandai Xiejie) and do Ice Skating on Houhai. Overall I would recommend anyone who wish to experience hutongs yet need a comfortable place & good location to stay here. At the same time, if your stay includes either Sat, Tue or Thur, do not forget to catch the amazing shadow puppet show which is free to hotel guests.

We absolutely loved this hotel. The service was incredibly helpful and friendly from before we even arrived in answering our enquiries, the information they sent us, and our experience with all reception staff while we were there. I also booked the wrong room type, and couldn't change on booking website, but the hotel confirmed availability and changed to our intended room type, for minimal additional fee. The location was perfect for us, in a very local feeling hutong, close enough to 2 subways, walking distance to great local restaurants, the riverside area, drum tower etc. Whilst they warned us some taxis won't go to Hutong, we caught a taxi from airport in the early hours of the morning with no problems at all, and only 100y. The room was fine, and warm given we were there in late December. The shower, size, layout and water pressure was one of the best I've had travelling. Breakfast was great, and varied each day, and coffee machine whilst slow, was good. Only negative was the toaster didn't work well, which seems to be common in a lot of Asia, but a small thing. I would definitely stay here again when next in Beijing. I absolutely loved Beijing as a city, and this hotel and its location and general feel, was part of the reason.

We stayed here for 3nights. The hotel is in a great location. It’s conveniently located for access to the metro (10 mins walk) and is within easy access of a number of bars and restaurants near the lake in the hutong area. It’s also within easy walking distance of shops selling tea and hand crafts as well as the bell and drum towers. We really enjoyed the shadow art performance and the opportunity to paint your own dragon. The food was good and the rooms clean. Highly recommended.

The hotel is located 800m away from the nearest subway station (Beihai North). At first sight the neighbourhood seems not very nice but don't be scared. The staff welcomed us explaining us everything we needed to know about the facility and the nearby attractions. The room was comfortable and spacious as well as the bathroom. Breakfast was very, very good and had different options (western or asian, sweets, eggs and bacon, tea or coffee) everyday. If you don't know what to eat for dinner you have a few choices in the hotel or you can ask to order take away with staff help (they have flyers for pizza, chinese and other options). I would like to thank Michael and Adele for their help and kindness.

The Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel is located in a narrow hutong which sometimes may be an issue with the cab driver, It's about a 10-15 mins walk to the nearest MRT station. The location is central and it is easy to go to the main attractions either via train, bus or on foot. The hotel is clean, staff are helpful and they have interesting activities for the guests to take part in. Will definitely recommend this hotel if you will like to have a feel of life in the hutong.

This is an excellent hotel for a number of reasons. It has a clean and spacious lobby and sitting area if you find your schedule postponed due to wet weather. The majority of staff are very courteous and willing to help. Micheal is by far one the most professional and hospitable members of the hotel, and his vast knowledge on the local art pieces scattered around the hotel made a dull afternoon very enlightening. Micheal and a number of other staff do speak English and have a good knowledge of the local area and things to do. The rooms aren't huge but they are spacious enough and the modern decor means the place does not look tired. The novelty of this hotel is as the name suggests, its shadow puppet performances. Guests can watch the short show for free and then converse with the puppeteers afterwards whilst learning about the history of the art. Breakfast is a mix of local and western food and on the early morning starts, the staff were kind enough to make up breakfast boxes for us, which is an indication of the type of service you will get from this hotel. Whilst not everything goes to plan, when things were an issue the staff dealt with it with professionalism and patience. As with any hotel recommendation, the most poignant question to ask is would you stay there again. My answer in this case is a resounding yes.

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 Xicheng, 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

Single Room-No Window

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

90.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 541 reviews