Fish Inn

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Average rate: $45 - Hotel class: 1 star
15, Beijing, China

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Hidden but OK. Jun 27, 2012

We had arrived in the middle of the night, we weren't sure of how to get to our accommodation at that time. Thus, I went to the counter to ask of a possible way and of course cheapest. They suggested to take the taxi and they wouldn't mind calling in one for us. Obviously, we didn't want to because it cost us ¥400 and definitely they would get some commission for that. Another choice was to take a bus ride to the bus 'station' and get a taxi. We went to a small booth stand where there was a man selling bus tickets. You have to know well enough of where you want to stop.

I am sorry to say but you need to know how to speak Mandarin or at least, know how to say the street name that you want to go. Perhaps he might know and be able to sell you the ticket you want. If you're smart enough, you would figure your way out such as asking a someone who knows both Chinese and English; and also willing to help you in the communication (bonus if that person's topology is good too). Worse come to worse, just take the taxi which is the last option (take one of those green-yellow taxis and make sure they're running on meters). He doesn't speak or know how to read the English characters. For us, we knew we wanted to go to Xidan Station (it is a metro station 30km away from the PEK airport) so I asked for 2 tickets. Each ticket cost ¥16 which is A LOT more cheaper than a taxi.

Well, the bus driver would announce every stop that he made so you have to listen carefully. The bus stank heavily of cigarettes, even though we didn't see any trace of them. It was really packed in there. Our stop was along the road; in front of some old buildings. Not very well lit pathway, in fact it was so dark as there was no light coming from the buildings behind us. We tried to stop for taxis, showed them the location on the 'not-well' drawn out map that we got from an E-Mail from Fish Inn. None of them knew where the inn was located. They went off and then one came along and we asked, and it was so cold that we just got in with our hand-held luggages. He too didn't know where exactly it was but he had no choice and tried to figure his way there.


Pretty much, what is a 'hutong'? A hutong is actually a small hidden street alley which can only be found in the old cities of China. Don't expect those normal kind of alleys which you see in your own country that is located between two tall buildings and such.


The inn is located there thus, making it very difficult to find and our taxi driver had to drive through squeezy hutongs (alleys) to find that place. In the end, he did manage to find Xiao Yuan Hutong but it was too small for a car to go through. We paid him, ¥22 and walked through Xiao Yuan Hutong but the problem is that it is split into two as in there's an intersection. By the way, calling that place in the middle of the night to ask for directions on how to get there; well good luck. The taxi driver tried calling but no one answered which was really bad.

My guy managed to find the door of it because he recognised the round, yellow-red sign which they have outside. Unfortunately, the sign wasn't lit up thus obviously no one would have noticed it. We walked by and missed it for the first time but not for the second time. Also, on the business card, they did put the number '15' on it which is the unit number of the place. Ignore that, it doesn't matter at all because it wasn't marked on the wall or on the door.


Rang the door bell twice and a sleepy looking girl opened the door (it is very bright red). She collected a deposit of ¥200 and gave us a slightly bulky, red key pouch with a key and two cards in it. The key is for the door to your room and the card is to unlock the maindoor from outside (to enter the lobby). No door number, the rooms are each known for each element like 'earth', 'wood', 'water' and et cetera. Not many rooms as there are only maybe about five accommodation rooms and they surround the courtyard. The lobby is the open-office (two work-desks and two computers) and also the dining area where there is just one dining table and six chairs. Many plants and two fridges whereby only one works and has the drinks in there.


It isn't big and it seemed quite cramp. Floor skirtings have a layer of thick dust, the lamp on the side table-cabinet was dusty and there was something shocking in the bathroom. My guy found a black hairbrush with lots of grey hair stuck onto it, it was laying on the sink-top. What a 'welcoming' gift on the first night of our stay. He gave it to the receptionist the next day. It was just plain disgusting to see it when you have to brush your teeth. In the bedroom, you have a queen sized bed (which was very hard), with a huge orange, modern-styled Chinese lamp above. A table-cabinet (which we didn't dare open) with a big lamp on top (could hardly put anything big on it) as the side-table and there's a television and also a chair. Near to the door, there are hooks for you to hang your clothes and coat (if you went there in the winter). The door frame is wood but the middle of the door is made out of glass thus, you have no privacy but it was good that they had curtains long enough to cover the whole stretch. There are windows too so if you want full privacy, make sure you cover it well with their curtains and lean the chair onto the curtain (leaving no gap available for peepers).


Apart from it being dusty, the television channels were all in Chinese, one English channel which is for news and that was it. The internet is a handicap whereby it slows down and sometimes it cuts off. Don't expect any top speed Internet from this place. My guy had to switch the modem on and off from time to time to get it working again. Why did he have to do that and not the receptionist? Simple, the receptionist was a sleep from time to time. There are some old books available in the lobby for reading but if you're seeking for another other forms of entertainment, there's none in this inn. I guess you'll have to create one for yourself.


We went during winter time so surprisingly what kept the room was the heat coming from the floor. It was nice to walk on the warm floor which kept us warm. Sadly, one part of the floor was scorching hot thus, we had to place the cushions/bed throw on it. Just imagine yourself walking on half stones on a sunny day. There is a controller on the wall whereby the heat can be controlled BUT the sad bit is this, you can't control it as it is locked. Only the receptionist can unlock and adjust the temperature for you. If you're tall enough and standing close to her; watch carefully of the buttons she presses, and then you'll be able to do likewise. We had room service on the second day as we missed the first, downside is that room service is only available from 10AM to 1PM. Everything is stated on the piece of paper that is stuck on the wall (next to the door of the room). Read it carefully as WiFi password is also stated on it. The room service wasn't much, when we got back, the room was UNLOCKED and the temperature of the heater was adjusted. All she did was empty the bin, made the bed and change the towels and floormat. It was really freezing cold in the room and we closed the windows which were also opened. Tried to adjust the heater but it didn't work after waiting for a couple of hours. Thus, we went to the receptionist to be able to do something about it. She came, my guy watched her closely on what were the buttons she had pressed to unlock the controller. She didn't adjust the temperature much as it was still cold after a while. Brilliant! My guy managed to unlock it and increase the temperature thus we needn't had to freeze through the night.


I would rate the cleanliness of the bathroom, 2 out 5. Firstly, the 'surprised gift' that we had gotten on our first night. The dirty edges of the shower screens. There were two pairs of room slippers (wrapped in plastic) provided and another two pairs of slippers for the bathroom. The bathroom slippers are reusuable and of course from there, I could tell and no way I would use them. In the shower, there were two big soap dispensers which are shampoo and bodywash. We didn't use any of those. Now this is the funny part, there's a piece of paper on the bathroom wall which at first I didn't quite understand. 'Please leave paper into ashbin', does anyone understand this? After much analysing, I realised what they meant was the toilet paper was on the 'ash tray' that is on the toilet paper holder that doesn't work! There's a big boiler in the bathroom, and you'll notice a small indicator with digital numbers on it. Before you shower, lets say the number is 64 on it. When you shower, you better keep an eye on it because when the number drops to 17, be ready to shower in cold water. No long showers for you.


They do provide breakfast (¥10 per person and per day) but I suggest that you could buy buns from outside. It is better. BreadTalk is located in Joy City which is very near to Xidan Station and it is a walkable distance. They also provide laundry, I didn't go for it but I know that they do as stated on the paper that is stuck on the wall of the room. They do print out documents for you, that cost you ¥2 per page. You can leave your drink in their fridge, if you asked. Entertainment tickets are available in the inn so they do sell those and also tour tickets to visit certain parts of the Great Wall of China. My suggestion is that you shouldn't because it tend to be very expensive (they probably earn commission for selling the tickets.


It is located very near to Lingjing Hutong Station (next stop to Xidan station, in fact Xidan is further away from the inn) and it is walkable. You need to cross the road after coming out from Lingjing Hutong Station and then walk to Bing Ma Si Hutong whereby you turn into your left (just incase you don't know how to read the roadsigns; you will notice a pharmacy just across the road) and walk a few blocks then turn to your right hand side. After that, to your right hand where the inn is located. Difficult to find this place but you have to be happy that it isn't far from the shopping areas and other attractions.


- Free WiFi, but crippled

- Same prices for bottled water and beer sold outside, in other words, they didn't mark up the prices

- Floor heater

- Located near to the shopping areas and other attractions

- Located near to the metro station, Lingjing Hutong Station

- Check out is at 12PM

- Lined trashbin


- Dusty

- Dirty shower screen edges

- Surprised gift (someone's hairbrush full of hair found in the bathroom)

- The heater controller is locked

- Room service wasn't much

- The sign outside the inn; the light isn't on thus, difficult to identify the place

- The boiler in the bathroom doesn't provide hot/warm water forever

- Mysterious phone calls asking about the inn (probably someone wanting to book a room) but to avoid such nuisance again, was to unplug the cord

- Difficult to find because of where it is located and hidden

We rate this place as 3.5 out of 5, what brought the score down is because of the hidden location, it wasn't clean and a crippled WiFi. We paid ¥1351.25 (including the 15% service charge) for 5 nights.
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