23 aprile 2018
Authentic Hutong Luxury
The coffee could be better, hotter and faster in the mornings.
Breakfast options should include scrambled eggs as everyone asked for them instead of just fried.
Four well-traveled couples stayed here in April 2018 for 6 nights in a ground floor suite and 2 queen balcony rooms. We all loved it !!! You will not find a more unique property. If you want to be in the heart of the Hutong in contact with the real life of Beijing this is the perfect place. Just steps ( literally 20) from lots of little boutiques, pubs, ice cream, snacks and activity.
We are thankful we avoided the Wangfujing high rise hotels & its mall area feel as we were still a short cab or subway ( clean, simple and all in English) to Forbidden City, Tiananmen etc. There is a little market down the street and a pharmacy ...more important Great Leap Brewery too. 2 blocks north is Gulou street with plenty of food options and Mr Shi's made to order dumplings that were pure heaven and a short walk to Houhai lake area.
Our balcony and the upper deck was a welcome respite from the busy streets. Our room was small ish but after we organized our stuff and tucked away the suitcases its was delightful.
The beds and linens are fabulous....I am a bed snob and its my greatest worry when I stay in a "local'ish joint". They were both soft for a side sleeper but firm and conforming at the same time- LOVED THEM! Nice pillows and towels and the skylight shower with many wall valves providing what we called the Car Wash effect was perfect for washing away the city dust.
Every day they left us delicious treats like dates, walnuts and fresh fruits in our room. The front desk staff was helpful and breakfast enjoyable in the courtyard cafe.
I would highly recommend LeZai for an authentic Hutong experience. It was agreed by all of us to be wonderful, authentic and a lovely slice of real Beijing in a sumptuous setting.
( If you havent read what a Hutong is in detail perhaps you should prior to booking- this is not for everyone)