This courtyard house converted to ten-room boutique hotel provides an enticing blend of seclusion -- it stands at the end of a sliver of an alley off a narrow street -- and proximity to the bustling Gulou area a short walk away.
Rooms come with wireless and a daily fruit basket. Two of them, the 'Yin' and 'Yang' rooms, include a private garden and private terrace respectively, while 'The Lookout' has views of both Drum Tower and Bell Tower.
The Orchid has a restaurant, where guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, as well as a first-floor bar where they can relax and sip a tasty tea-infused beer made by nearby microbrewery Great Leap. Step outside and you find more options, including Modernista Cafe in one direction, Yunnan restaurant Southern Barbarian in the other, and homey Mr Shi's Dumplings right across the street. Beyond that are hundreds of restaurants, shops and bars.