The Orchid Gulou
Nestled in the maze of back alleys near Beijing
’s iconic drum and bell towers, the Orchid Gulou is a small boutique hotel catering to adventurous travelers looking for the quaintness of a boutique hotel in the middle of the capital. The hotel is a converted siheyuan
(courtyard) that, although thoroughly modernized, retains much of the lived-in character of an ancient Chinese home. One of the location’s standout features is a top-level deck that allows you to peek through the tops of old-growth trees for views of the drum tower and the surrounding hutongs
. Room amenities include heated floors, complimentary bottomless fruit baskets, and air purifiers.