Great Affordable City Hotels
The Hotel: A historic courtyard mansion turned boutique inn, the Côté Cour’s 14 stylishly appointed rooms surround an inner sanctum of blooming magnolia and cherry trees, where parakeets sing from bamboo cages. Garden-view deluxe rooms are spacious, with carved-wood king-size beds, sumptuously colored rugs and textiles, and sleek modern baths with both walk-in glass showers and huge freestanding tubs. Breakfast and afternoon cocktails are served daily in the airy, art-filled lounge.
The Locale: Set in the inner city of “Old Beijing”, the hotel abuts a protected historic district of bustling, lively hutongs (alleyways). The city’s most famous shopping neighborhood, Wangfujing, is within easy walking distance.
The Bottom Line: Standard rooms with queen-size beds start at around $170 per night; deluxe rooms with king-size beds and garden views are around $230.