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Red Capital Residence (Xīnhóngzī kèzhàn)

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Fodorites rave about the friendly service, unique atmosphere, and intimate feel

    Cons

  • small rooms
  • limited facilities
  • quaint more than comfortable
  • dysfunctional website

Fodorite Reviews

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Red Capital Residence (Xīnhóngzī kèzhàn) Review

Each of the four rooms at this boutique courtyard hotel—located in a carefully restored home in Dongsi Hutong—are decorated with antiques and according to different themes, such as the Chairman's Suite, in playful homage to Mao, and the two Author's Suites (one inspired by Edgar Snow, a 1930s US journalist who lived in Beijing, and the other by Han Suyin, the Japanese novelist who wrote Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, among others); there is a cigar lounge where you can sit on original furnishings used by China's early revolutionary leaders, as well as a wine bar in a Cultural Revolution–era bomb shelter. Special arrangements can also be made for guests to tour Beijing at night in Madame Mao's Red Flag limousine.

    Hotel Details

  • 4 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 03-21-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    We visited the Red Capital properties in July and August of 2009. The staff at the Red Capital Club in Beijing, the House of Shambala in Lhasa, and the Red Capital Ranch near the Great Wall were exceptional. All properties are similar as far as rooms and restaurants go. We only had dinner at the Red Capital Club but we stayed at the other two properties.
    Rola at the Club and the Ranch is an amazing person! She was great help to us with all of our reservations, which included lots of changes! She is very knowledgeable but above all, very friendly and always ready to help no matter what you need.
    In Lhasa, Lobsang was the greatest! He worked with me to get a travel permit to Tibet and had the permit sent to my hotel in Beijing. His English skills are great both written and spoken and he knows what he's doing. Lobsang is also one of the nicest people I've ever met!
    All in all, the Red Capital experience was GREAT! It's not the Ritz so if you're looking for the Ritz, book the Ritz. These properties are nice, clean, friendly, and a "cultural" experience. If you're looking for nice friendly people, small numbers of guests and local flavor these properties are for you!

    by copelama, 8/9/09

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