Spent last night going through booking sites to find a hotel in Beijing. Looking for a reasonable price but something that has good reviews (Tripadvisor). Settled on a place called 161 Hotel which is really a hostel with a few private rooms (went for the private room). It describes itself as a “homestead in a traditional hutong”. A hutong is a Chinese home built around a courtyard.
Didn’t know what to expect so I only booked for 1 night just in case. Let me take you on a journey.
Seedy part of town. Coming around the corner on the left which will lead to the hotel.
The hotel is there on the left about 4 buildings along.
Snack room / bar.
Mezzanine lounge area.
And you know what? It’s a flipping lekker posi. It is a good lesson for our guesthouse back in SA. They concentrate on the things that matter to this level of traveller:
– spotlessly clean bedroom and bathroom (clean carpet – the first clean carpet I’ve seen in the Middle Kingdom) – crisp linen
– free wireless in the rooms
– reception staff that speak English (whoopa) and are happy to help
– it is not pretentious and has a vibe
My window looks out at a concrete wall,, the furniture is cheap (but stable), everything is all over the place. These things don’t matter unless you’re Hilary Clinton.
So I’ve just booked for the remaining 4 nights until I leave.
What do you guys think? What do you look for when you travel?