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Lu Song Yuan Hotel, Beijing

$199 or less
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Beijing, China, Asia: The entrance of Lu Song Yuan Hotel, Beijing
22 Banchang Lane
Tel: 86 10 6404 0436
Fax: 86 10 6403 0418's insider take:

Stone lions, known here as menshi, guard the heavy wooden doorway to this lovely hotel more than 500 years old. Just a short walk from the Back Lakes, it occupies the onetime imperial home of General Zeng Ge Ling Qin, a military leader during the Qing dynasty. The 68 cozy rooms are traditionally furnished, with red-tasseled lamps and dark wood furniture, but they don't feel like museum galleries. Most have private courtyards with manicured plantings and rock gardens, and stone tables and chairs. There's a stone-floored teahouse in the lobby, and a great, inexpensive restaurant serving a mix of Szechuan and Cantonese dishes.

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