- Reviews: 309
Beijing Forbidden City hostel: Beijing Forbidden City hostel
Conveniently located, about 10-15 minutes by feet from Gu Gun (Winter palace).
In the centre of the city. Easily accessed from Tian’anmen Square, just 10 minutes walking
It has everything, necessary for a budget tourist. We needed a convenitnt place to sleep and we got it. It was recommended by my friend Julia (who took a sabbatical year, left Moscow and went to Shanghai to study Chinese).
Hotel offers a lot of local trips for turists. We took a trip to Great Wall, Beijing Opera.
Thanks to them, they organised for us a private car with a driver, to make a day-trip to Chengde moutain resoty and temples, about 250km North-East from Beijing
- Reviews: 1
Legendale Hotel Beijing: a True Luxury Hotel
Stayed in the Legendale for a few nights this May.
Was coming from a Leading Hotels of the World member in Shanghai (which lets say was disappointing) so was a little worried.
The moment we stepped in all my worries disappeared. This is one of the top.
Call me old fashioned but new hotels nowadays are just a disappointment !!
- I mean when we enter the door The Legendale bellboys actually come after us to ask if they could take our 1 shopping bag up to our room !!! Recently with other 5star hotels there's a 50-50 chance that if you check in with one bag you end up taking it your self to your room unescorted along with your room key !!
-We are Muslims, and they Knew !! first morning while having breakfast the staff there even knew our room number (my mom wears the head scarf) just so they can advice us of which food has pork in it !!
Ordered room service one night.. they called after we just made the order and APOLOGISED that the soup was cooked with pork oil !
I loved it ...
-The Portuguese restaurant was superb !!
-The public ares have complimentary WiFi while the rooms have complimentary LAN internet.
I am a Mac user and one night decided to connect but couldn't called them, came up and told me (apologetically) that for Macs some things needed to be done on the computer itself and if I would be patient enough the person can come up tomorrow morning to fix it.. Will was not an important issue for me so left the hotel early in the morning without telling them about the internet. Returning in the afternoon found that the cable was removed and WiFi Router was installed :)
p.s. just assuming that I do sound older in this post, I am not :P I'm 25
-True 5-star service- with outstanding manners and professionalism.
-Pretty luxuries decor.
-Amazing rooms and bathrooms. And TV and sitting area and books in the it and the carpet ! and the beds!
-a true concierge service.
-Every one goes the extra hundred miles for their guests.
-Location is great.
-Half of what we paid in The Leading Hotel member in Shanghai.
- Reviews: 862
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing: Worth every cent you pay
We stayed 5 nights in this hotel. The location is very difficult to beat as it is very central. You are 5 minutes walk to Wanfujing Road and 10 minutes to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. The room was clean and comfortable. The staff was speaking fluent English and very helpful. There are 2 metro stations in 5 minutes walking distance which gives you access to any part of Beijing. There are many food options around the area. For budget travellers, this is one of the best option you can get in Beijing. I definitely suggest this hotel to VT members.
Great location, helpful staff
- 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: 201
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: 1341
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: 1341
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: 64
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: 496
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.
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