Not too far away from Wangfujing and Tiananmen, it offers medium to high end rooms, an excellent breakfast and most of all the absolute best proximity to the subway lines 2 and 5 on Chongwenmen station. Staff is courteous, although you may need to know a minimum of Mandarin to communicate outside the utmost common phrases. I'd recommended it greatly, especially if you - like me - want to avoid traffic at all costs.
Unique Quality: Subway proximity and breakfast buffet are outstanding. You can reach any attraction effortlessly, avoiding Beijing's infamous traffic.
This branch of the well known French owned Chain is superbly situated and its location is ideal for sightseeing. It has several restaurants, a consierge and all the amenities one would expect. Service is great. Free wi-fi is also available for all guests in the rooms as well as in the lobby.
Unique Quality: The hotel boasts 2 Chinese Restaurants, a Japanese Restaurant and a cafe where breakfast, lunch and even dinner can be enjoyed.
We stayed here April of 2011 for 9 days. We payed about 100$US a night, which included breakfast.
This is a great hotel with a even better location.We found the service very good. Clean rooms everyday.Our room had a fridge so we can stock drinks for the day and night. The breakfast is on the main floor by the check in and has everything westerners would want for breakfast. At the grill you can order eggs and how you want them done.
But the thing is the location. It's central to everything.Three blocks west is the south entrance to Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City.One block west and one block North is Wangfujing Dajie pedestrian Plaza.Lots of shopping and if your hungry for insects try the Nite Street Market close by.
If you walk south of the hotel there's a mall across the street.In the basement just before Mcdonlds there a grocery store downstairs.Just look for people with bags.Continuing on south you go the second pedestrian crosswalk over the road and you'll get to the Silk Market. Awesome deals.Right opposite the market is the Temple of Heaven Park. Just cross over the walk to the other side and go south a few meter and you'll see the entrance.
To go south from the hotel just go down the subway station and cross under the street that way.
East of the hotel is the main train staion and the old Beijing Wall.
Unique Quality: The pool wasn't open when we were there.
Directions: Central Beijing
We stayed here for 3 days at the beginning of our trip and two days at the end. The hotel is close to the subway and the main railway station. rooms are large and well appointed. Very clean except for the carpet which is badly stained and could use some carpet shampoo. Most comfortable beds so far in China and wonderful soft pillows. Free internet in the rooms a bonus. Good selection of food at breakfast.
There are now 4 non smoking floors so seems the word is spreading. Very friendly staff some of whom speak English.
We enjoyed our stay here.
Unique Quality: Very good location next to metro lines 2 & 5 and Main railway station
We booked our stay in the Novotel based on our friends' recommendation, and were glad that we made that choice. The hotel is situated on a main street, Chongwenmen, right next to the subway station (lines 2, 5). It is a few minutes by car or subway to Tianamen Square and the forbidden City, within walking distance.
The hotel is spacious and modern, the staff speaks English (at least most of them do) and is helpful.
For 516 RMB per night we got an "executive premier floor" room on the 11th floor. There was a separate reception desk and breakfast hall for the executive floors on the 12nd floor. There was an ample selection of Western and Chinese food for breakfast. We had free internet in our room and in the business center. We were very happy with this hotel.
We had a total o 5 days at this hotel, 3 at the beginning of our China trip , and another two days at the end.
We paid 774 RMB including breakfast at the beginning, and 830 at the end, not including breakfast,I am not sure why the rate changed.
Anyway the hotel was very satisfactory ,clean, and the breakfast good.
We found the staff helpful, they booked us a flight from Guilin to Shanghai, and answered all our questions as best as they could .They allowed us to check in at 8am when we arrived straight off the plane, and the best thing was the location, right next to Chongwenmen subway station.
Unique Quality: Location
Directions: If you get the airport bus it drops you at the Beijing Train station,which is very close to the hotel.
The Novotel Xinqiao Hotel is very conviently located. in central Beijing. The Forbidden City and Tianaman Square is within walking distance. There is also a subway station out front. The hotel was well run and we had no problem with our reservation even though we arrived six hours late. Most of the staff were very friendly and helpful. room service is a little expensive but overall this was an excellent place to relax after a hot and humid day of sightseeing. It also offers tours and has a money exchange.
Unique Quality: Modern clean and comfortable
Directions: Dongcheng District
Stayed here in May 2007. Location was ideal, close to all desired destinations. Rooms were very comfortable and reasonably priced. English capabilities of the staff were very limited but they were more than helpful when it came to getting taxis to take us places.
Ground floor restaurant is quite expensive
Overall a very pleasant experience
Unique Quality: Combination Safe in room,
Staff very helpful
close to restaurants, supermarket and subway system
I chose this hotel due to it’s central proximity in Beijing, especially to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven (all of which were 5-10 mins by taxi). This hotel also had an advantage in that it is only a few steps from the Chongwenmen subway station.
There are several restaurants in the hotel, including Chinese, French and Japanese, none of which are expensive compared to prices on the street, but are average compared to Western prices. I am embarrassed to say that we did eat at the hotel 2 out of the 4 nights of our stay, mainly due to lack of time, once in the French restaurant and once in the Japanese restaurant, and we were very satisfied with our meals.
The service in the hotel was very good, and unlike reviews I had read previously, I found the staff’s English to be fine, and they provided maps for us and pointed places out if need be. If you needed a taxi you simply stood outside the front of the hotel, and one was beckoned for you from a line waiting nearby. You simply told the doorman which destination you needed and he would write it in Chinese for the driver. If I was to return to Beijing I would definitely stay here again.
This hotel has nice facilities for the tourist, but the staff could be friendlier and more dedicated to the guest than just following hotel policies and regulations.
Standard rooms are not roomy but they are quite good if you plan to stay the entire day on tour.
Best quality is definitely its location.
Unique Quality: Well located, both Temple of Heaven and Pearl Market can be reached within walking distance. Chongwenmen subway station right across the street and not far from the Railway Station as well as from the Forbidden City. All this avoiding the rush of the ChangAn avenue, the main east-west avenue in Beijiing.
We enjoyed a great stay at the Novotel. It had a great location (10-minute walk from Tianenmen Sq) and the price was OK. At 55$ a night, it was one of the cheaper 4-star hotels in the city and certainly the most highly-praised. I only chose it because of the recommendations of other VT members. We got there at 6am and early registration wasn't a problem (we had reserved a room a week earlier). However, a 3500-yuan deposit was required and we didn't know about that.
The double room was quite spacious and clean. The staff was extremely nice and billingual as well. I do not recommend eating at the restaurant on the first floor, however, because it's extremely expensive. We usually bought groceries down the street or at the McDonalds around the corner (I know, I know!)
Overall, a great place to meet foreigners and a great location.
Unique Quality: Good all-around staff
Directions: A 10-minute walk from Tianenmen Sq, and about half an hour's walk to WangFuJing shopping street. You can't get any better, though, without paying a lot more, trust me.
Comfortable 4-star accommodation. Seems popular with tour groups. Conveniently located near shopping and tourist sites, and there is a metro station (Chongwenmen stn) right in front of the hotel's entrance!
Disappointed with the buffet breakfast at the Chinese restaurant. The restaurant has large round tables which you need to share with strangers, and the food selection was limited.
Overall it was a good stay though.
Unique Quality: It's a 5 mins taxi ride to Wang Fu Jin shopping district, and there are also other dept stores within 5 mins walking distance.
Directions: Near Tongren Hospital
I'm planning a stopover of 1 week in Beijing and was wondering, since I've no knowledge of Beijing's geographic/historical layout, which section of Beijing I should stay in. Besides the usual historic treasures i.e., Forbidden City, Tiananmen Sq., The Great Wall and others, our family enjoys outdoor markets, shopping, restaurants. If you know sections of Bejing and hotels that will best help us enjoy our stay I would like to hear from you.
We stayed at the Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel last April. It's just a block away from Wangfujing St. which is a major shopping strip and also a few mins. walk from Forbidden City. I believe it is where Air France crew members stay in between flights. The hotel is clean and comfortable, with a great breakfast buffet.
I would stay within the 2nd ring road (personal preference for Dongcheng district) and within comfortable walking distance to a metro stop.
When are you staying? How many of you are there? What's your expected monetary price range?
There are alot of choices, however, here is a quite decent 4 star hotel that has a most convenient location (in WangFuJing area) for getting to the sites, etc. It's a little older than some of the more expensive places, though kept up well.
TianLun Songhe Hotel (Sunworld Hotel)
Here are links to the reviews on TripAdvisor and the official hotel website.
Of course you can find dozens of others, and it all depends on your budget, etc. But this is one which is very close to the subway stop, main shopping areas, good restaurants, and tourist sites (Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, etc.)
and the official hotel website: http://www.sunworldhotel.com.cn/Eng/Home/Index.aspx
Have a great trip!
Agree with Ellyse, try for Dongcheng. We stayed at the Lishi Hotel, which is situated in a hutong, so in effect you're staying IN a tourist attraction! The hotel is basic, but comfortable and its location more than compensates for perceived luxury.
Agree that it's great to stay in a Hutong hotel as it's something special to China. Definitely Dongcheng or Chaoyang district but I'd avoid Wanfujing as it is just like any other shopping centre anywhere else in the world and everything is overpriced around there.
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