We are currently AirBnB hopping in Europe and I am so glad that it’s much better than the panic room sized Hong Kong Airbnb. It then reminded me of the hotel in Beijing. Random I know (!”). Then I got nostalgic and went through my Beijing pictures. Even thought I wrote about my solo journey before, about the failings and loneliness; I haven’t shared about the hotel yet, so here goes.
161 Hotel’s located in Li Shi Hutong. Hutong, you guys! You haven’t experienced Beijing fully before you stay in the hutongs. It was near to the shopping area, I got to know only on my last day in Beijing. In my defense, I think traveling in the winter one into an introvert. More so in my case.
It’s an old hotel (previously a hostel) with vintage-y decoration, but the room looked like it has been renovated recently. It’s a decent size, came with a flat screen TV and a clean bathroom. My only woe of the room was the coldness. They didn’t have central heating and the heater didn’t work properly. Brrrr..
My favorite part of the hotel was the café on the second floor. I ate my breakfast here and spent hours at night here, reading with Miaw. On the weekend it was filled with a mix crowd of youngsters and foreigners.
How cool’s the cafe decoration?! Colorful and fun inducing 🙂 and I got to meet Doraemon.
Another issue I had was the TV channels. All of them were non English. The only thing I kept watching was the cartoons, but the story line seemed so bleh, I wasn’t sure it would funny even if it was translated. The lack of emotional connection with the TV made me feel even lonelier.
You can check on tours in Beijing, including the Great Wall and Tiammanen Square at the front desk. Overall, I was happy staying there as it’s in the city and definitely value for money. I would recommend it to any of my friends who are visiting Beijing. Thank you for reading.
Have you been to Beijing before? Where did you stay?