Beijing Double Happiness Hotel
Great hotel, but watch out for scooters!
We totally loved the hotel, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for families with small children or anyone with limited mobility, because of the hotel's location.
The hotel was extremely charming with a friendly and helpful English speaking staff, cute rooms off a lovely courtyard, and a fantastic free breakfast with both American and Chinese offerings. The location is in an alley off of a main street, which (for us) added to the charm as it seemed to be in the middle of a typical Chinese neighborhood. The neighborhood is cramped and lively, with people playing cards, shops cutting up meat at 10pm, and many many scooters zipping through. This was all great, but we did feel that we had to be pretty alert in walking from the main street up the alley to the hotel, because of the scooters and the occasional van coming down such a narrow road. We felt the alley was totally safe with regards to crime (the hotel is a few houses down from a police station) and our rooms were quiet, but I was glad we only had our 18 year old son with us and not any younger children.
We really did love the hotel, though, and will definitely stay there is we ever return to Beijing. The location is about a 15 minute walk from a centrally located Metro station (Dongsi). Also, I don't remember staying at a hotel where the staff was so warm and friendly.