Cours et Pavillons

Beijing, China

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  • A traditional courtyard-style property nestled in the hutongs of Beijing old town
  • Sensitively restored, blending Qing and Han dynasty design with modern luxuries
  • In-house restaurant fusing contemporary French gastronomy with seasonal, local ingredients
  • Art and antiquities on display throughout the stylish property

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With scorching summers, cold winters, temperate springs and pleasant autumns, Beijing and its surrounding area experiences four distinct seasons. During the summer months, the mercury can reach over 40°C, bringing monsoon rains and extreme humidity, despite being the peak season for travel. From November through to March, northern winds whip through the city, seeing temperatures tumble to as low as -20°C in January, the coldest month. Springtime is windy yet pleasant, although sandstorms from Mongolia sweep through at this time of year making outdoor sightseeing uncomfortable. The Autumn months are the perfect time to travel, with fewer tourists and the most clement weather for exploring the city.


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Housed within a restored mansion amongst the ancient hutongs of Beijing, Cours et Pavillions is a 7-room luxury boutique hotel that seamlessly blends imperial grandeur with contemporary Chinese style.

Cours et Pavillons is an intimate boutique hotel nestled amongst the ancient hutongs of Beijing. Sensitively resorted and brimming with character, this collection of dwellings built in the traditional courtyard style offers a glimpse into China’s imperial past whilst upholding true 5-star luxury standards.

With just 7 stylish rooms, each subtly different in size and style, the hotel feels like a home from home. Decorated in either the Han or Qing fashion, each room is bedecked with antiquities and art from the owner’s private collection, complimenting the traditional carved furniture and opulent fabrics. King-sized beds, air-conditioning, high speed Wi-Fi and rainforest showers have catapulted this historic property into the modern age. A contemporary glass roof connects the central courtyard lobby with the surrounding buildings and temple-like grounds, which feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of China’s capital city just outside.

Housed within the Wei Jia courtyard is the French Restaurant, where the cuisine blends classical French gastronomy with the best local and seasonal ingredients. Expect dishes like manuka honey duck with morels, courgette and truffled turnips, or lobster noisette with pomelo, sea urchin and cauliflower. The hutongs on your doorstep are lined with arts and crafts shops, traditional restaurants and characterful homes. A short stroll from the hotel will reward you with old winding streets and the National Art Museum of China, yet you are far enough away from the main hub of the city to feel relaxed and able to soak up the hallowed atmosphere of the hutongs. Only a short journey by car are the main attractions of the city, from the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square and the peaceful Temple of Heaven, to the stunning architecture and imperial beauty of the Forbidden City. Cours et Pavillons is the perfect retreat from modern Beijing, for those seeking style, comfort and a sense of individuality, off the beaten track of the well-worn tourist path. This is authentic Beijing at its best.

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There are three room categories here at Cours et Pavillons, each varying slightly in size and style. The Superior Rooms feature king-sized beds, baths and separate walk in rain showers. The Executive Room is slightly larger, with the Deluxe Rooms the largest of all. All room categories have air-coniditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi access and views out over the manicured courtyards and each is decorated in the Han or Qing decorative style, with plenty of chinoiserie and antiques.


Despite its diminutive size, Cours et Pavillons ensures that no luxury touches are forsaken. The 24-hour butler service can cater for your every need, from restaurant reservations to arranging guided tours of Beijing.  The in-house French Restaurant serves up three sublimely gastronomic meals each day, using the very best local, seasonal ingredients.


Cours et Pavillons is located in the Dongcheng District, at the heart of old Beijing. A mere 40 minutes by car from Beijing International Airport, the hotel is also within walking distance of both Zhangzizhonglu and Dongsi metro stations. You are well placed to discover Beijing’s highlights, including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.


  • 798 Art District

    Today enjoy a half-day tour of the 798 Art District which was a former military factory and has been turned into a contemporary arts hub for local artists. You will also visit Caochangdi Gallery and Red Gate Gallery.

  • Acrobatic Show in Chaoyang Theatre

    Enjoy a stunning acrobatic show that showcases the highly skilled acts from contortionist to balancing routines to high wire stunts.

  • Badaling Great Wall by Helicopter

    Tick off the iconic Great Wall in a spectacular fashion for a bird's eye view on one of its most well-preserved sections.

  • Beijing City Tour

    Today, embark on a full day tour of Beijing city as you explore the highlights including the Yonghe Lama Temple, Guozijiang Street, the Drum Tower and the Temple of Heaven.

  • Beijing Highlights - Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Palace

    This morning, explore the highlights of Beijing. Visit Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City. Delve into the rich history and witness the past grandeur and glory of the Chinese imperial family.

  • Beijing Sidecar Fun

    Take an exciting ride exploring Beijing in a sidecar! Discover the other side of Beijing as the tour brings you to the less known Hutongs, Fan Yuan Si - the oldest Buddhist temple, Confucius Temple or the Drum and Bell Tower.

  • Beijing's Modern Architectures

    Today, we discover the modern side of Beijing's ever-evolving cityscape, such as the Bird's Nest, National Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Phoenix International Media Centre, CCTV, and the National Grand Theatre.

  • Biking in Beijing

    View Beijing in a different light as you embark on biking tour at night. Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City and cycle through Tian An Men Square and the National Theatre. End at the night market where you can sample some local snacks.

  • Boat Ride at Beihai Park

    Enjoy one-hour boat ride on the lake of Beihai Park, a beautiful imperial garden with a white pagoda.

  • Chinese Kung Fu Show

    Enjoy an exciting Chinese Kungfu Show this evening where a Buddhist monk endures trials and challenges as he grows up to be a successful Kungfu master.

  • Cuandixia Village

    Today, we make a visit to Cuandixia village approximately 90 kilometre from Beijing.

  • Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Full Day Hike

    Embark on a full day hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Visit this untouched and remote ruins as you witness the original glory of the great wall.

  • Hutong Calligraphy Class at Summer Palace

    Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy for 2 hours inside the Summer Palace, where the emperors once upon a time studied.

  • Hutong Cultural Immersion

    Enjoy a unique Hutong experience on this half day tour as you take a rickshaw to visit the Drum Tower and a local home. Take part in the cultural activities like Chinese paper cutting, kite making and biking through the Hutong.

  • Jinshanling Great Wall Exploration

    Visit Jinshanling Great Wall where fewer tourists venture. Enjoy the pristine beauty and serenity as you walk along the wall.

  • Maliandao Tea Market

    Taste three main tea types: Green, Oolong and Pu'er and discover the health benefits and processing practices associated with the different tea types. You will also learn about the art of tea-potting and tea-brewing.

  • Morning Jingshan Park Visit

    This morning, climb up to the top of Jingshan Park for a great view of the majestic Forbidden City. Interact with the locals going about their daily routines and gain an insight into their lives.

  • Mutianyu Great Wall Exploration

    Today, visit the restored section of the Great Wall - Mutianyu. Take a cable car ride up and go for an easy walk before riding down on a toboggan!

  • Peking Opera with Behind the Scenes Visit

    We will head to Liyuan Theatre for a classic performance of Peking Opera. Before the show, you have the chance to watch the actors and actresses painting their faces.

  • Private Kung Fu Class

    This morning, enjoy a 1-hour private practice of Chinese Kung Fu under the guidance of a Kung Fu master.

  • Private Peking Opera Painting Class

    Immerse in a one-hour private class on a local tea house and learn how to paint Peking Opera face on a mask.

  • Qianmen Pedestrian Street

    Walk along the Qianmen pedestrian street with a history of 600 years old, and if you have children, they will enjoy a ride on a "diang-diang" tram.

  • Shadow Art Class

    On this one-hour shadow art class, you will be joined by a teacher who will share insights into the history of Shadow Arts and you can learn how to ink the materials and turn it into a puppet.

  • Special Access to Chonghua Palace

    Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute visit to Chonghua Palace, not open to general public.

  • Summer Palace Exploration

    Discover the enchanting Summer Palace, one of the most well-preserved of palaces in Beijing. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and take a shared boat ride on Kunming Lake.

Location & directions

Beijing, China

Cours et Pavillons is located in the Dongcheng District, at the heart of old Beijing. A mere 40 minutes by car from Beijing International Airport, the hotel is also within walking distance of both Zhangzizhonglu and Dongsi metro stations. You are well placed to discover Beijing’s highlights, including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

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