Beijing's Boutique Hotel Scene Gives Travelers a Traditional Experience

Jan 27, 2010, 10:00 ET from The China Guide

BEIJING, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Hotel choices in Beijing are endless, with many large brand names popping up continually. What most travelers don't realize is that there is also a great selection of locally owned boutique hotels that offer an intimate experience in a traditional setting. The China Guide ( ), a Beijing-based travel company, offers boutique hotel bookings included in their itineraries.

One of The China Guide's favorite choices is the Guxiang20. This 4-star boutique hotel is located in one of Beijing's most famous traditional alleyways. Using traditional Chinese styles throughout the hotel and furnishing the rooms with classical furniture, the hotel makes one feel they are inside a movie set. The Guxiang20 has a selection of rooms available at affordable prices including family suites. The rooms have modern amenities for a comfortable stay.

"Location is one of the most important things for travelers when choosing a hotel, especially in a big city like Beijing where there is so much to do and see," says Judy Huang, Travel Manager of The China Guide. "Beijing's boutique hotels are most commonly set in traditional neighborhoods where guests can be surrounded by everyday city life. You can walk out the door of the Guxiang20 and be in the heart of old Beijing. You don't need to take a taxi to find a good restaurant, cafe, shop or bar. The area is also accustomed to foreigners, so many menus will be in English and shop staff can speak a bit."

The Guxiang20 is situated in the middle of NanlouGuxiang alley, which is a historic hutong (alley) in Beijing lined with boutiques, cafes and restaurants. From the hotel, guests can easily get to the Forbidden City, Drum and Bell Tower, Houhai Lake district as well as many other city sights. "It's only a short stroll to Houhai Lake, where travelers can enjoy a great meal or rent an electric boat to relax on the water. They can explore the old alleys surrounding the Drum Tower or walk over to Beihai Park. The subway is even close by so guests can venture to further destinations such as the Summer Palace," adds Huang.

The China Guide can make hotel bookings for guests or include the booking with tour itineraries. Their Beijing join-in group tour includes five nights accommodation at the Guxiang20, see here for details:

The China Guide

The China Guide, , is a Beijing based travel agency, American owned and operated. Specializing in western-style service and quality with hassle free web bookings, they work with clients to customize tours that match their travel style. Operating only in China, they have up to date knowledge and offer exciting experiences for travelers including their famous Sleep on the Great Wall tour. The China Guide avoids the common factory shopping stops that are not reflective of the true China.

SOURCE The China Guide