Almost all visitors who have lived in Hutong of Beijing will take a fancy to Chinese quadrangle courtyard and old Beijing culture. For them, to go deep into Hutong, the past memories and traces of Old Beijing, is the only way to experience the authentic Beijing flavor. Nanluoguxiang, or South Luogu Lane, a Hutong built 700 years ago in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), has become a popular haunt for both domestic and foreign travelers today with many distinctive bars, stores and galleries. Inside Nanluoguxiang as well as its surroundings, there are many hotels and inns featured with strong old Beijing flavor. And here are a few for your reference during your Hutong tour.
Former Beijing Inn: A hotel just transformed from a typical Beijing dwelling, Former Beijing Inn is the right place to get back to the old Beijing times- the delicate courtyards, carved beams and painted rafters, neat rooms of primitive simplify, carved wooden beds of antique beauty inside, and outside crisscross Hutong, old Peking snacks, vendor’s cries, bustling residents… Former Beijing Inn not only stands among the age-old architectural complex but also connects the prosperous modern blocks of the city. It is adjacent to hot tourists’ attractions, like Tiananmen Square, Place Museum, Houhai Bar Street, Prince Gong Mansion, and so forth. During your Hutong tour, Duge Hotel presents itself with a unique blend of Chinese and western styles: It kept the courtyard’s original layout, with the black gate and red walls, wood-carven lattices, and the vigorous bamboo grove… Boldly using colors in the western way, rooms are decorated with diversified Chinese articles, the hostess’s paintings and calligraphies, collected photography works, ethnic headwear, porcelain paintings, facial makeup in Peking Opera, Old Shanghai posters, and so on.
N.E.Hotel Beijing–traditional Chinese paintings are the themes: An antique quadrangle courtyard with red walls and gray tiles in Yueya Hutong, N.E.Hotel Beijing is no less than a cultural hall. It is full of wooden carvings patterned with Chinese dragons and phoenixes, as well as decorations of Chinese paintings and calligraphies. Hutong Impressions Beijing Guesthouse–the memories of ordinary Hutong inhabitants: An old bike (a fashionable vehicle in 1960s and 1970s in China) pauses at the gate, with bamboo birdcages hang under the eave and copper bells tied on the door handle. On the clean walls are decorated paintings of bamboo, birds, and the paper-cut lamps. When opening the window, the authentic Hutong life scene just leaps to your eyes.