First of all, as already pointed out in another review of this hotel, there are two different hotels in this city with almost similar names. A couple of the reviews for this hotel on these pages are actually for the other hotel. The other hotel is named Jianguo Garden, and is located further down the road, not far from the railway station (actually: one of the railway stations...). Jianguo Hotel (this hotel) is located next to the Silk Market.
I spent 9 nights at this hotel in July 2008, and I have no problem recommending it to other travellers. I had booked a suite at the club floor. The "Jianguo Club" has a separate reception and lounge at the fouth floor, and the staff is very helpful. There is a wireless zone here, free use of computers and printer (this is rather expensive if you use their business centre on the ground floor), and each afternoon there are free drinks and small dishes in the lounge. Breakfast is also served in this lounge.
The "room" was about 65-70 square meters, on two floors.On the second floor it had a large bedroom with a LCD TV and rather comfortable twin beds, a small sitting area, a small balcony and a bathroom with a tub and a separate shower. On the first floor there was a hallway,bathroom, sitting area with two chairs and a LCD TV (personally I had preferred a sofa) and a nice office corner with broadband internet. There was also a nice balcony, but with hideous plastic chairs(!), overlooking the garden/pond. Separate ac on each floor. I wasn't too fond of the carpets though...
I liked the room, even if it looked as it had not been redecorated for the last 5 or 6 years.
I got two free newspapers delivered every day (China Daily and Wall Street Journal).
There were about 30 free TV-channel available, including CNN, BBC World, HBO, Cinemax, Deutche Welle, MTV and National Geographic Channel. They even had a french and an italian channel.
The pool was nice, and the fitness room had everything I needed.
There were lways taxis available outside the hotel.
Location is excellent: Silk Market is one block away, lots of other shopping centers nearby. Subway is two minutes away.
I'm sure there are lots of other great hotels worth staying at in this city, but I am quite sure that I will use this hotel again.
Directions: One block away from the Silk Market.
The Jianguo was fab. OK we stayed in an Executive room so I don't know what the standard rooms were like, but our room was on two levels. Downstairs was a sofa, desk, leather chair, plasma screen and downstairs toilet; upstairs was a huge bed, armchairs, another flat screen TV and the walk-in shower, bath, second toilet. It was great. Staying in this room entitled us to free drinks and canapes each evening in the executive lounge and breakfast. The rest of the hotel was also great. Nice indoor pool with nobody else using it. Good restaurants and a fun bar. The hotel is also close to a subway station (Yonganli) which is pretty important if you need to get around because the road traffic is horrendous. The other plus is it is 5 mins walk from the Silk Market, though I guess that depends if you think of it as a plus to be hassled mercilessly and physically dragged kicking and screaming into a purchase. It was quite good fun but you'd only want to experience the Silk Market once.
Directions: Near the Silk Market and Yonganli subway station.
First I let you know that there are two Jianguo hotels in Beijing. The one I am talking about is the one located in Qianmen.
This hotel has two restaurants, one bar and a Beijing opera house.
The service is excellent, every time I needed something or every time I encountered any problem they solved right away. Language communication is not a problem. They always wanted to speak English but I always wanted to speak Mandarim, so, it was quite interesting.
I would definitely recommend this hotel because is well located. In the area there are several entertainment houses, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.
The only weakness I could point out at both restaurants is their breakfast, it should be more attractive. Anyway, I always had my breakfast outside because I enjoy the pancakes, porridges, cakes, etc. I just wonder if you are bold enough to go outside and experience the real Beijing life...
Unique Quality: Inside this hotel there is a Beijing Opera House. You can take a nice bath, eat your Beijing duck in the restaurant and get ready on time for the 7.30 PM show.
There are also taxis all the time.
Directions: In Qianmen, at the end of Hepingmen Street
Jinglun Hotel,****, put into service in 1984, is one of the earliest Sinoforeign joint-venture hotels in Beijing; Jinglun (operated by Nikko) ,known previously as BEIJING-TORONTO HOTEL, located in the downtown area on the ten-mile long Changan avenue. The main building of the hotel, 12 stories high, has 659 rooms and suites, a variety of restaurants, bars, banquet rooms and function rooms as well as a complete set of service facilities including a business and fitness- centre, shopping arcade and an in-door swimming pool.
Entering the hotel gives you a feeling of being very small, although the service is somewhat better than average, but not living up to what you might expect from an Asian 3-4-star hotel.
Unique Quality: Its central location may be one of its advantages, many stores and markets nearby,10 minutes drive from Tiananmen Square, 30 minutes from the int. airport, China world trade Center,Friendship Store, Business and Embassy districts near by.
For a hotel with one of the best French restaurants in China, a three-night stay at the Jianguo was pretty disappointing.
The room was small and the plumbing was so bad that I actually used a colleagues room at the St Regis Hotel for my showers! Yes...the water supply was so bad that it oscillated from cold to scorching hot regularly and without warning.
The room (in the 'tower' building) was on the 9th floor and was reached by long grim corridors.
The room had all the usual amenities, including kettle and coffee/tea. One consolation was free broadband (so why, exactly does last week's stay...the Regal East Asia in Shanghai...feel the need to charge RMB120 per hour?)
Room service at the Jianguo was quick and efficient, but it couldn't make up for the poor bathrooms and dreadful water supply.
The cafe at the Jianguo (and Justines) remains as good as ever, but I wouldn't stay here again.
Unique Quality: Ground floor 'inner' rooms look out onto a small pool with fountains, which is nice..each of these rooms has a tiny terrace with really cheap and nasty plastic chairs. These are so naff, but is a sign of the times and indicative of the lack of "style"of this hotel.
Directions: Close to the Silk Market. If coming from the west, best to get out of taxis opposite the Silk Market and crossing the street by the subway to avoid a long trip up to the Guo Mao intersectiion and back again.
Jianguo Hotel, Beijing was built in 1982 as the first joint venture hotel in China it has only 5 floors which gives it a small almost family feel. The staff are supurb and the location great, it's a 4 star hotel with club facilities. Just a short drive from Tian An Men Square, the forbidden City and only 40 mins from the airport.
I would recomend staying here (I have myself 3 times) but make sure you are not on the ground floor. Trust me, here is where they put families who are on adoption holidays. They will keep you up half the night with their excited chattering through the corridoors. For the same reason pay the extra for the club facilities as this will get you justines breakfast room the std breakfast room will be full of foriegn couples and their new baby's!
Unique Quality: The rooms are good value for monry, well appointed if a little small. There is a nice water feature running through the hotel.
The best thing about this hotel is the location easy for everything as well as the 'family' feel. Especially close to the famous Silk Market which is less than 5 mins away.
The lesiure facilites are good, if you swim in the morning the pool is 'refreshing!'
All the usual mod cons Air conditioning, Modem connection, Telephone, Voice mail, Satellite TV, Room safe, Mini bar , Hair dryer Tea/coffee making facilities etc.
Directions: Financial district
This hotel is located near the Beijing Railway Station. So if you get to Beijing by train, you will probably arrive only two blocks away from this hotel.
It is well located right between the Forbidden City and WTC. So taxis do not cost too much if taken from there.
Accomodations are very comfortable, price is average, breakfest in western style and service is friendly.
Unique Quality: The hotel offers a health center where you can get body or feet massage. Specially handy when you stay all day long walking.
There is a Tourist information desk where you can get information on tours, exhibitions and shows in Beijing.
Also ATMs (Visa, Master, others) are available in the lobby.
Directions: DongCheng district, very near to the Beijing Railway Station.
The hotel is located at about 4 blocks east from the Forbidden City.
When staying in Beijing for pleasure, I would leave the business hotels in peace and settle for something cheaper and folksy oriented, and I would look for the right location.
Jiangou Hotel has what I need in those terms. It has facilities needed for communications: taxi drivers know the place well, there is a small business centre near the lobby, and a vault to store the valuables while you are travelling out of Beijing and you can leave your suitcase with them as well while you're off to some faraway adventure.
The rooms are a bit dark and worn, with that checkered bathroom tiles look. But the serice is good, the place is quiet - a bit in away from the traffic, and good areas to relax in lobbies, and restaurants.
This was the first joint venture hotel in Beijing and it's getting a bit old and tired at the edges. Very lively. Easy taxi access and nearby key shopping and restaurant areas.
Best French restaurant in town if you are interested.
Different categories of rooms, some rather on the smoke-filled side, ask for a smoke-free one.
Not too far from Beijing railway station for the Trans-Mongolian train.
Unique Quality: Jiangou Hotel is frequently on offer as part of discounted deals from airlines. Last time I stayed here I got 6 nights thrown into the price of an airlines ticket. As the SARS scare is diminishing, there will be further between such offers, but off-season there may well be.
The location is great, just near some major shopping and transport areas, a stone throw from the "Silk market", walking distance to several restaurants.
A much preferred hotel for people who adopt children, this is a place where you will be met with an informal atmosphere, and with screams. Good breakfast buffet, but they run out of certain food items toward the end opening time.
Yes, I'll come here again.
The rooms were very nice, although like all the places we stayed in China, there was NO clock in the room! We stayed two nights at the first of our stay, and one night on our way home. DO NOT stay in one of the rooms near the lobby/nightclub. The music from the bar was so loud, and we were only a few feet away with the courtyard. If you rent a Panda Phone, it will be waiting for you in the business center. It says the business center is open 24 hours, but when I saw the lights off, I thought that meant they were closed. But if you go in, sleeping attendants get off the couch to help you onto the interntet. The breakfast in the main cafe is nice, but the one in the bar area is very bare bones. Overall, it was a very nice hotel, and I would stay there again.
Unique Quality: The beds were the softest of any I slept on in China!
If you go all the way down the hall on the first floor, there is a children's playroom. It was great to take our newly adopted kids in there and have them let of some steam.
There is so much within walking distance of this hotel - Friendship Store, McDonald's, Starbucks, etc... that it is very convenient to stay here.
I am going to Beijing in August with several friends and would like some information about Beijing. We will be there for about 3 days.
Apart from the Historical sites: The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tian Tang, The Summer Palace, what else is there to see and do in Beijing?
Is there any natural beauty scenic spots?
Where is the best and cheapest place to eat Beijing Roast Duck?
Can anyone recommend a good place to see a Bejing opera? - maybe one that is suitable for foreigners to see and understand.
Does anyone have any contact for vehicl hire. We will be needing to hire a bus - maybe even as big as a 20 seater.
Thanks in advance for your help.
For scenic spots around Beijing, have a look at mke1963's travel pages. There is so much there, you won't know what to pick!
First I'll actually respond to your questions, then you can peruse my Beijing page and give me copious amounts of 5 star ratings! (*nudge nudge, wink wink*)
If your stay includes a weekend, I suggest you and the gang go to Panjiayuan Market and shop for cheap souvenirs such as Mao Zedong badges and Cultural Revolution propaganda posters. If you would like to test your skills at firing machine guns and rocket launchers then perhaps you and your friends can go to the China North Interntaional Shooting Range in Changping County.
Shidu is a natural beauty scenic spot in Beijing's southwestern suburbs where you can also try bungee jumping.
The best place to try Peking Duck is across from the Zhaolong Hotel at Tuanjiehu Beijing Roast Duck Restaurant. The cheapest place to try good Peking Duck is Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant in the Qianmen district.
The Liyuan Theater is the best place for foreigners to sample opera. It's located inside the Jianguo Hotel.
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