Dressed up with Liberation-era artefacts and established in a gorgeous Qing dynasty courtyard, this tiny but unique guesthouse – owned by American activist and author Laurence Brahm – offers a heady dose of nostalgia for a vanished age. Make your choice from rooms decked out with paraphernalia that wouldn’t look out of place in a museum. Though standards have slipped, it remains one of Běijīng's most unique hotels.

Rooms and bathrooms are small, but beautifully decorated. What makes this place even more unique, though, is the 'wine shelter' housed below the courtyard in an underground bomb shelter! There's also an atmospheric cigar lounge at reception, packed with Communist decorative pieces.

Property description

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Exuding a quiet charm, Red Capital Residence is located in a traditional Chinese courtyard in Beijing’s city centre. It boasts a beautiful garden and stylish rooms with classical wood furnishings and free wired internet.

Spacious rooms are decorated in different historic themes, such as Chairman Mao’s bedroom and concubine’s private courtyard. Each comes with a cable TV, a radio and a comfortable seating area. The bathrooms have shower facilities and slippers.

Red Capital Residence is a 10-minute drive from Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Dongsi Subway Station is only 700 metres away.

Guests can enjoy a traditional Chinese massage or arrange sightseeing trips at the tour desk. Fax/photocopying and currency exchange services are also available for guests’ convenience. Airport shuttle services are provided at an extra charge.

The hotel's restaurant serves Continental breakfast and free daily afternoon tea for all guests.

Important information

The hotel offers free bicycle rentals and welcome gift.

The hotel offers free afternoon tea (15:00-17:00) every day.