- Reviews: 69
Red Lantern House: Stay in an authentic Hutong in downtown Beijing
Red Lantern House offered us an ensuite room with 1 double bed & 1 single bed - for 270 yuans per night including breakfast daily and 1/2 price airport pick-up.... what more can you ask for????
Mariel from VT had recommended this Guesthouse and I'm so glad we followed her advice, it was great location - not walking distance to most places of interest, but public transport - both the buses and subway stations - were only a few minutes walk away and public transport is so cheap in Beijing. Heaps of great restaurants, eateries and McDonalds nearby and great shopping too. The best hairdressers in China are located in this area!!
We had a room with private facilities but they also offered rooms with shared facilities which were extremely clean.
Great cheap food was served at the Guesthouse and really cheap beer, in a beautiful lounge/dining room area decorated in true chinese fashion. Internet access was cheap, skype available, cheap phone cards also available as well as tours for those wishing to book these.
Quaint courtyard location in the Hutong area - if you've seen the new Karate Kid movie with Jackie Chan - his home in the movie is very familiar in characteristic to this Guesthouse. Sooooo chinese.
- Reviews: 243
Century Huatian Hotel: If just for the breakfast! Fantastic Five star!!
Arriving off a late night flight to find our pre arranged three star hotel very unsuitable, found ourselves on the side of the road at 1.30am in the morning looking for a taxi and wondering what the **** are we doing?..........lmao!!!
After a while a taxi did stop ( Shirley did all the talking ) and delivered us to the fabulous Century Huatian Hotel, who were only too pleased and checked us in at 2.00am in the morning!!
The hotel provided everything you would expect from a modern five star hotel with great freindly staff, very comfortable rooms which we changed on the 2nd night due to our untimely check in, very pleasant interior, in house restaurant's and activities......Just very very nice!!
There is also a great ground floor food court, nicely priced with better than average Beijing style food, so we had dinner here twice and never did we regret that!!
Included in the room rate was the buffet breakfast which is for me! one morning had nine breakfast sausages, four eggs, eight crummed squid rings, six crumbed fish pieces and washed it all down with four coffee's and had it over two plates (of course.)..lol...... but i was really hungry for just a little taste of western food!!!!! Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!
- Reviews: 22
beijing ya yun cun: beijing ya yun cun
it's more an apartment with living room and kitchen
nice but boring location, metro is 10 minutes away
KFC, McD + Pizzahut just around the corner and of course several asian restaurants
close to olympic park
- Reviews: 1342
Days Inn Forbidden City: Good price and great location!
From all the hotels, I have seen in Beijing and lived in, I would always recommend the Days Inn Forbidden City. It is a 3-star-hotel, not very big, with very clean rooms (164), friendly staff and a great breakfast buffet.
- free internet
- Restaurant with Western and Chinese food
The hotel is just 5 minutes from Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street. It is quiet. I really like this hotel and recommend it to all our clients.
- Reviews: 1342
Zhong Tang Hotel: Old Courtyard
Zhongtang hotel was built in the end of Ming Dynasty, and has been the former residence of the prime minister in feudal China in Qing Dynasty. It has a history of more than five-hundred-years.
Two courtyards with 17 rooms around give the impression of the living in former days. I stayed in the hotel for 4 days in November 2009 and I enjoyed the atmosphere very much. Staff is very friendly and helpfull. They speak English.
The rooms are small but equipped with everything you need:
- private shower
- free Internet
The breakfast is very basic.
The location is very good, near to Baita Temple. There is a metro-station (Xisi) just around the corner. It is not a touristy area.
I liked the hotel, even as it is more like one of the many courtyard youth hostels in Beijing. The furniture is original old China.
- Reviews: 2
Far East Hostel: Convenient, clean, and safe.
Huge place, with clean beds, heating, lockers for storage, restaurant, bar, tour counter, and located within walking distance to Forbidden City, Tiananmen, and Temple of Heaven (short busride).
Also had kitchen, clean shower stalls, and help when you need it.
Located in a hutong (old-style architectural neighborhood). Location, location, location!
- Reviews: 147
7 days Inn: Beijing 7 Days Inn
in this DIY travel , I decided to stay in a budget Inn with a good location 7 days Inn Jiugulou Dajie ( Old Bell Tower street ).
this Inn location is very good at the north side 400m we can reach the subway and in the south we can enjoy the nightlife in Hou Hai
room was clean and convenience
- Reviews: 555
东煌凯丽酒店: Quality Inn
A "no frills" 4-star hotel with basic facilities. Formerly owned by Quality Inn chain, but bought by a local hotel group.
- Reviews: 850
Red Lantern House: great family run hostel
I found Red Lantern House through VT and after seeing it being recommended in various guide books, I decided to book it for the first 2 days of my Beijing stay and I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed.
Red Lantern House is located in a hutong. The building exterior is a traditional courtyard that has been transformed into a hostel. The interior is tastefully decorated, giving the space a cozy feeling.
The lobby is the meeting point at the hostel and where you'll have your meals or maybe a beer. They offer free wifi for those traveling with their laptops and internet (for a small fee) on their computers. The wifi is available also in the rooms (no password required).
We paid 260 RMB for a double room with private bathroom and that price included towels, bed linen and taxes. The rooms we got were spacious although the bathroom was a bit on the small side, but hey, I don't require a lot of space, and most importantly, the beds and pillows were very comfortable. They offer several kinds of breakfast and snacks, that you can take either in their lobby/bar or in the lovely patio when the weather permits it.
Upon checking in you'll head up to the main building and pay a key deposit of 100 RMB that you'll get back on checking out, and then if your room is located in any of the other 2 yards, they'll have someone from the staff take you there. We liked this place so much that we booked a room with them for the stay after Shanghai. The first room we had was on the West yard and the second on the East one. I will be writing a VT article about this place shortly.
This I like about the hostel:
- Close to 2 subway lines: circular and line 4.
- Walking distance to Houhai and Beihai lakes.
- About 20 minutes walk distance (leisure pace) from the Forbidden City.
- English speaking staff (they speak it very good I might add).
- Cheap, good beer (Tsingdao - a big bottle for 4 RMB as of Oct 2009)
plus the usual qualities of a hostel: they can book tours, train tickets (for a small fee of 40 RMB per ticket), laundry (10 RMB per kilo), etc.
- Reviews: 349
5 star: Pullman Beijing South
Nice stay,..... friendly, english speaking staff.
Many different styles of restaurants here ...but only 2 are actually open.
Nice "all you can eat" buffet.
Stay away from the ice-cream buffet. 5 star hotel or not ... i still suffer from it ;-)
Offering complimentary Internet, iPod connections, an indoor pool, fitness centre and in room fitness, plus an Executive Lounge, cigar bar, business services and a nearby golf course, Pullman meets all the requirements of the savvy business guest.
Taken from their website ... and it's correct :-)
One thing .... it the area around is nothing.....noooooooothing. Only factories as far the eye can see.
- Reviews: 540
Days Inn Forbidden City: Affordable accommodation in the heart of Beijing
We arrived at Beijing Airport at about 5.30am and got to our Hotel about 8am and into our room about 9am. We were pleasantly surprised by this Hotel and I would highly reccomend it, both for its great location and price. This Hotel was booked by our travel agent through octopustravel.com and we paid $49 each per night to stay there, no breakfast included.
The Days Inn is a low-rise Hotel on Nanheyan Street, which is very close to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street for shopping. The room was clean and quite large, the shower was HUGE and the beds were very big as well. Staff were friendly and spoke quite good english (most of the time!) The beds were very large, our room had 2 king singles, but they were also very hard, but the pillows were lovely and soft. The room had a very funny and annoying smell for the first few days, but then it was gone, Im guessing the room hadnt been used for a while. Days Inn was our dearest accommodation, but it was probably also our best.
We ate breakfast at the Days Cafe only twice and dinner at the Restaurant only once, all times food was plentiful and delicious.
Only problem we encountered was that not a lot of taxi drivers knew where it was. It is located in a small backstreet (hutong) off a main road, Nanheyan Street, but still many taxi drivers looked at the address with bewilderment!
Smaller Hotel right in the heart of the city, close to all main attractions.
- Reviews: 169
Hotel G: Top 5 Best Hotels I've Ever Stayed In
English speaking and overly accommodating staff. For around $125 a night you have a large room with upscale amenities. Huge bathroom, flat screen TV with many international stations, iPod docking station, pillow menu (yes, that's what I said), great location and 24 hour service- we ordered ice non stop since we had jet lag, we were up late.
Free breakfast included which was a full spread of breads, noodles, eggs, salmon, oatmeal, fresh squeezed orange juice, etc. There is also a fun restaurant attached- Scarlett.
One very unique quality that doesn't really serve a purpose but was super cool was that you could decide what color of window light you wanted. See photos. You had about 6 colors to choose from and could change it from your room. And, no, the lights did not interfere with your sleep or how your room looked.
- Reviews: 1125
Beijing Sweet Garden House: Hutong happy!
Set right in the heart of a hutong (traditional narrow alley district), this hostel may not be the most luxurious, but it's pleasant and friendly. We had a student-halls like double room, with shared bathroom, for 140Y, which is pretty reasonable for Beijing; the bathrooms were kept very clean, there was a kitchen which guests could use, and internet (apparently 10Y per hour, but they didn't charge me once!). It's close enough to the subway too - DongSiShiTiao station is just down the road.
- Reviews: 1985
Simatai Hot Spring Resort: Convenient location for Great Wall access
This hotel is right at the entrance to the Simatai portion of the Great Wall. Good place to stay for a hike to Jinshanling the following day. I recommend this only for its convenience and it is quiet. Although the room is clean, the negatives include no hot water (I was told I would have hot water between 8pm and 11pm and 6am to 8am but is was just a trickle and not that hot) and the bed was rock hard. It was actually plywood with a thin comforter over it!. Not a good night sleep.
No view of the wall from where I was. Courtyard style rooms.
- Reviews: 403
Leo Hostel: Leo Hostel
This hostel was the best that I stayed in in China. Great facilities (free internet, pool table, movies, music, comfortable beds, western toilets, hot showers) and a great atmosphere. It is located a 5 min walk from Quianmen Metro Station and Tianamen Square. There is a restaurant/bar in the common room that serves good cheap food and very cheap beer (5yuan for 600ml bottles of Tsingtao). Best thing about the place other than its great location was the atmosphere of the place. Most people stayed in the hostel for between 5-7days so you got to know your fellow travellers really well.
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