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Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel feels like a hidden gem in the hutong area. I was really pleased with the amenities of this hotel. Fun little details like free treats on the bed and the full array of toiletry items. The room is small, but that was captured in other reviews. The sewer smell was the only remotely negative thing I would say about this hotel, but it would come and go. I would recommend having some sort of room freshener with you to help with the smell. But, don't let the smell deter you. The shadow art performances were a wonderful treat to experience an ancient Chinese art form. The breakfast provided was ample and had wonderful offerings each morning. I stayed here 4 nights so I really got to enjoy this hotel. The bacon is fantastic! The location of this hotel is one of its best features. An easy walk to a lake that is brimming with local activity. Fabulous people watching every where you look, and it changes according to time of day. I am happy that I got to experience a hutong, and felt safe walking there, even at night.

First impression on arrival at midnight was I do not know what to expect. However after checking in which was very efficient, our stay for 3 nights was exquisite, very relaxing. The staff were friendly and nothing was to difficult. Interesting in house activities , shadow puppets, how to make them , dumpling class added to a fantastic stay. Would definitely recommend and stay at Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel again. Special thank you to Wendy at the front desk for making our stay very pleasant.

he hotel was a completely reconstructed modern 2-story building with western style bathrooms and amenities and a helpfulstaff that all spoke mostly workable English. There was a good (if slightly repetitive) breakfast with Chinese buns and pastries and 2 kinds of eggs, bacon and sausage as well as vegetable salads and white toast. There was a shadow-puppet master who gave free shadow-puppet performances for guests in the glassed-in central courtyard/breakfast area. The hotel location was chosen to give a western-accessible hint of what it is like to live in a Hutong (narrow Chinese side street) which was typical of Beijing accommodations before the invasion of gorgeous modern architecture and many high-rise building. It was just a short walk to Lake Hou Hai and Lake Bei Hai, the Bell and Drum Tower; a relatively short DiDi ride (Beijing is huge) to Tiananmen Square, museum, Forbidden City. The narrow side streets were sometimes teeming with pedestrians, parked bikes and electric tricycles which made it tricky for taxis to navigate and about a third refused to go all the way to my hotel, dropping me off at the fringe of the Hutong about a block away. The DiDi (Chinese Uber) drivers were usually more accommodating though, and I recommend their service. I was able to buy fruit at a market down the block (in sign language). The locals were friendly and honest. The street was busy but I always felt safe. It got me a little closer to a taste of old China without any undue discomfort. In all a wonderful stay that met my tastes and needs perfectly.

Location is fantastic. You are in the hutong, the traditional popular district in beijin. Be sure is not dangerous as all the city. Metro station bei ai bei is only five minute by walk. And in 15 you are in the main square of the city. Room are in the traditional style e they are very clean. Breakfast is normal. Staff is good, above all henry that help us for all we need. Good choice. To repeat

I stayed at the Schichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel in April 2018 while on a solo trip to Beijing. Overall, I had a great impression of this hotel. It's a really beautiful, smaller sized hotel with shadow art performances a few nights each week and dumpling making courses. Those were a lot of fun. Every morning there is a nice breakfast in the lobby that includes both western and Chinese dishes. My room was very clean, although small and somewhat basic...about what I expected however given the price point and just fine for a solo traveler spending most of my days out wandering around. I only had a few minor complaints: first I arranged to have an airport pickup through the hotel. The man who picked me up at the airport had a dirty car and drove like a maniac. Secondly, before I arrived the hotel told me they took American Express credit cards. However, when I went to pay with the card the front desk staff couldn't get it to work. They said their machine couldn't read my card. And lastly the shower temperature swung wildly while I was taking a shower. One minute it was alright, then super cold, then scalding hot. All of these were very minor issues and overall I think the hotel was a great value. It's a clean, nice place to stay in a historic neighborhood. Perfect for a solo traveler who just wants a nice place to sleep. However, this place is probably not for a super discerning guest given the few small issues I mentioned above.

We are a couple in our early 30s from uk. We stayed here for 8 nights. Hotel rooms are basic but bathroom is very modern and large. Watched a shadow puppet performance one night. Hotel is in the heart of the hutongs which we loved. We felt this enabled us to experience proper Beijing life. Short walk to bars and restaurants and tube. Brilliant location. Very friendly staff.

This hotel may not be for everyone, but it is a nice hotel. To get the "not so great" out of the way, if you have a problem with stairs or walking very far, you may want to think twice about staying at this hotel. There is a flight of stairs down as you enter the front door, and then you may have another flight up to your room. Now, the folks at the counter might help with your bags, but you will have to climb the stairs yourself! If you get the smallest room, it is small. The full-size bed is a form of a traditional bed that fits in the room from wall-to-wall on the sides. The mattress is kind of like a futon. For some, it will not be enough. For those used to a firm mattress, it should be alright. The down comforter was alright. The foam pillows were quite firm. From the foot of the bed, there was only a couple of feet to the bathroom. Our bags took up most of that space. We used our own soaps, but their soaps looked fine. The shower was a problem. It did not have a temperature moderator so one moment it would be normal, the next it would be scalding hot, then it might be freezing. Lastly, as to the shower, it did not drain very well, and the door did not seal. Starting early seemed to address the draining and temperature issues. The room came with free breakfast. The choices were limited, but the choices were sufficient. As to the shadow puppets, there is a not a show every night so if you want to see a show, make certain to check the performance dates. The show is relatively brief, but it is a treat to see. The hotel is in a traditional neighborhood, which is known as a hutong. We walked throughout the hutong day and night without a problem. If you are thinking about renting a car and driving to the hotel, do not! The roads in the hutong are quite narrow, and the parking is very limited. While you generally will not be able to flag a taxi, the front desk will call a car for you. They arranged an airport car for us, which turned out well. The front desk is also prepared to help you with tour needs. Public transportation is not too far from the hotel. There are not any eating choices close by, but you can walk a couple of hundred yards and locate a number of choices, which also includes a Starbucks. The hotel does offer a limited dinner menu. The staff spoke English and was quite helpful. Though the hotel has its negatives, the positives far outweigh the negatives and if you would like to stay in a quite and traditional neighborhood--a hutong--then this is a fine place to stay.

This was my third stay in this hotel over the last 5 years. Nice to see that the standard of service hasn’t change. From the busy and lively neighbourhood you enter a quiet and peaceful place. Employees speak enough English and are polite and helpful. Rooms are a good and the beds really comfy. Breakfast is nice and the coffee machine is great! There are some convenient shops on walking distance from the hotel. The puppet performance is a interesting extra. Highly recommended.

I can recommend this hotel. The room was really nice with a big and comfortable bed. There were not many choices of dinner dishes, but those we tried was both good and cheap. The placement is inside a Hutong which was really cool. The staff was really nice and helpful.

This hotel is well situated in a quieter part of old Beijing. From there it’s easy to explore the Hutong and the parks nearby. The rooms are confortable and the breakfast is served in the lobby. Though it’s not copious it’s perfectly adequate.

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 within a short walk of Mei Lanfang Memorial Museum, Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Bell and Drum Towers. This 25-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Beijing and also close to Beihai Park and Jingshan Park.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. 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

90.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 556 reviews