When I went to Beijing I knew I wanted to stay somewhere cheap and I knew I wanted to stay in the Hutongs. When I found Beijing City Court Hotel I picked it because the reviews were great and the price was a “whole” $25 a night… So I took a chance and that is where I booked…
When I pulled up to the hotel at first I was a bit… concerned because A: the hutong alleyways are crazy narrow (I still don’t know how that taxi was able to get there) and B: this was honestly my first time staying in a small family run hotel and it seemed so small.
Not to brag or anything… but I picked the BEST location. If you are wanting to stay in the hutongs I truly do not think you can pick a better place. It is within walking distance of 100s of restaurants, shopping and the drum towers… and yes you can walk to Forbidden City… while that was a very bad day… it can be done but I recommend you take a taxi.
Fun fact: I really wanted to go to Mr. Shi’s Dumpling’s as I was told about this place prior to traveling to China. I thought it was a lost cause until I learned that it is LITERALLY right around the corner from here. I have dreams about Mr. Shi’s ya’ll. I literally ate there every single day.
So the good– GREAT location, super cheap, the staff is FANTASTIC and food is EVERY where,
The bad– wifi is spotty my VPN barely worked with the internet connection but since I wasn’t really into being online during this trip… It didn’t bother me. It may bother you. The nearest subway station is about 3/4 a mile away which kinda sucks but the walk down the major shopping street makes it so worth it!
The ugly– I found most cabs would drop you off at the main street, because uh like I said the alleyways are CRAZY narrow and I think most of the taxi drivers didn’t want to deal with it, so you will have to walk. So after walking a marathon every day this did get a bit… tiresome.
Overall if you are looking for budget accommodation with a FANTASTIC location I HIGHLY recommend this hotel. If I go back to Beijing I will stay here again.