Friday, April 22, 2011

The Unexposed Charm of Candy Inn

Candy Inn Beijing/1 Hai Inn (北京海纳宾馆官方网站)
No. 31 Beixin Hutong, Yonghegong St.
Dongcheng St. Beijing, China

We arrived Beijing International Airport past 12 am and took the van to Beixin Hutong, Doncheng District, the location of our inn for the next three days. We took the van for CYN400 because the taxi only allows 3-4 passengers and would cost us around CYN180-200 for each taxi. Since we are eight, with two Pinays who asked to join us in going to the city, we opted for the van instead as it was past midnight already and we did not want to go to the hostel separately. Travel time is around 30mins.
Beixin Hutong street sign
The van dropped us off in the intersection of Beixin Hutong and Yonghegong St(main road). The stretch of Beixin Hutong from Yonghegong going to Hai Inn is only around 10 meters away. You can actually see the Hai Inn signboard from the main street. Our main landmarks are Yonghegong Station and Lama Temple. From the street, you won't think that the inn looks beautiful inside.
1. Hai Inn (Candy Inn) neon sign board; 2) Reception Area; 3) Chips for sale
We were greeted by Christina, sweet, soft-spoken, Chinese girl who talk a little English. After 30 mins of verifying our reservation and paid in full total of CYN291 (around Php2000) for our stay of 3 nights and 3.5 days, Christina handed over our key card for our triple room accommodation. I, Jen and Joan were in the same room 107 while Anna, Vian and Lea in room 308.

our rooms in Candy Inn
Candy Inn or 1 Hai Inn is a comfortable home away from home with only 30 rooms suitable for backpackers and independent travelers like us. Adjacent the reception desk is a common room with 3 computers for free. Guests can spare some time to play fooseball and also offers breakfast that should be ordered a night before and free drinking waters along the dining hall. On the second floor is a Fun Bar where events are held every Saturday nights. Guests can gather together for whatever theme set-up for the night by the host.
arts and homey feel at Candy Inn

I experienced a good stay at Candy Inn - it was homey, cheap but clean and good location.

Check my friend Anna's blog on Candy Inn here.

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