The Marco Polo Hotel Beijing

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

6 Xuan Wumen Nei Avenue, Xi Cheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100031, China

3 Reviews

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  • Families68
  • Couples75
  • Solo76
  • Business73
  • Beijing's Terrible Hotel


    We stayed there for 4 nights, April 2007. First, the Airconditioning inside the room is nothing less than natural air, when we requested for service, the engineers told us thats already the coolest, I checked it in my watch which registered 31 degrees centigrate, they also advised us to just open the window to make it cooler. The room's window size can just fit a human's head out. When I went to the manager's office, he told me the hotel actually has no airconditioning inside the rooms because the vents actually is "natural air". They will just politelly tell you: "SORRY SIR". Bathroom, bathtub full of stains, basin also full of stains. The reason is simple, the waters coming out from the faucets are "BROWN STAINED WATERS" (Please see attached picture for information. Service? Are there any? I didn't recall any good service. Living in any 2 star hotels might be better. Outside, the Taxi Cabs are colored in Black( black taxi's meter jumps very fast compared to others). Thats the only kind of taxi you can find outside the hotel. Too Bad. Stay away from this hotel, you will thank me for that.

    Unique Quality: This hotel should be included in the reality shows such as FEAR FACTOR.

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    The Marco Polo


    The concierge and the front desk people were really friendly. They had this "We Do Care" program that focused on service. The lobby was gorgeous! It was minimalist and beautiful! The room, although spic & span and comfortable, was pretty plain and honestly a bit of a disappointment compared to the awe-inspiring lobby. And there was construction behind it, so there was a bit of noise, but I was hardly bothered by it, plus there seems to be construction EVERYWHERE in Beijing! Over-all, I sincerely enjoyed my stay there, and I wouls recommend it to anyone who does not want to spend a fortune on hotels!

    Unique Quality: The location is great! It's close to the XiDan commercial area, so if you've got nothing to do, you can just take a 10 minute walk and there you go! Food and shopping galore! The facilities are pretty good too! There's a gym and everything.

    Directions: Near XiDan district

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    Very cosy hotel close to the forbidden city


    This is a very nice hotel centrally located in Beijing.
    We really enjoyed our stay here, some good restaurants and nice rooms. Most of the staff speak english, but not all of them do. But all of them are more than willing to help, even if they can`t speak the language!

    We had some problems with our neighbours. Sounded like they had an orgy every night. I think the guy living there called for escort girls every night. Kind of disturbing....

    Unique Quality: Nice and centrally located hotel. Nice restaurant, and the staff is ready to help.

    Directions: Just three blocks away from Beijing Tiananmen Square and the forbidden city

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Marco Soso

by TripAdvisor Member tandme2

I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights just last week. Yes, it is a good location, and yes, it was clean. That's about it.

The breakfast was not very good, runny eggs, undercooked bacon, unattentive wait staff and a chef that didn't want to cook.

The rooms are very plain and out dated. Toilet paper is more like sand paper. Thin towels and they didn't want to give us anymore unless we turned in the ones we had. The carpet seems clean, but looks very used, in the rooms and in the hallways.

The lobby staff was nice, but none of the doormen we encountered spoke english, and were unable to help with making sure our taxi driver knew where to take us. Thankfully, we had a business card that had the major sites written in Chinese that we could show to our driver.

We also stayed four nights at the Marriott Beijing West, what a difference! See review on Marriott for more info.

Great hotel

by TripAdvisor Member NolaCooke2162

I stayed at the Marco Polo in late September 2005 and loved it. The staff all speak English and are very helpful; the breakfast was great; the fitness centre, though small, had all I needed; and it was well located, being only about 50 metres from the Xi Dan underground station, which is a 2 yuan ride to Tien An Men Square and the Forbidden City. Being upgraded to a junior suite was a real bonus! I will stay here again if I go back to Beijing and recommend it unreservedly to everyone.

really so so hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed there for three nights in Oct. compairing the one (Westin in Shanghai), langhamm palce at Hongkong, this hotel is just not even close. Staffs are reading newspaper at work (in the lobby), there is no one to get a cab for you. The hotel just looks like 70s hotel. Carpets are dirty.

I read the other review a bit, frankly, I don't agree with them at all. Probably I have a bit high expectation. Yes, the location is not bad. But the service and hotel itself really need a lot of improvement. Overall, the best service is at Hongkong, and Shanghai. Beijing is just about 5 to 10 years behind.

We won't stay there again.

Very Satisfied

by TripAdvisor Member AllanG

I stayed here 3 nights in early November and was very satisfied. Make sure your room isn't on the side where there's construction going on. The room was nice and large, the breakfast buffet was good. You're not walking distance to anything but the taxis are so cheap it's not an issue. Anyway the sights around Beijing are so spread out there really isn't one central location. But if you're back at the hotel by evening time there's no where else really to eat out the door. The staff was great and we arranged tours in the lobby tour desk. The best were the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, and Bike Tour through the hutongs. We booked the Marco Polo because the price was right so if you're looking for something modern and comfortable but want to save a bit of money I'd recommend this hotel.

Great choice in this price category

by A TripAdvisor Member

At almost half the price of the luxury hotels in Beijing, the Marco Polo is a great choice for a clean and comfortable stay in Beijing. Though 5 stars may be a bit generous (4.5 was not an option), everything at the hotel was quite nice. Please note that there is some construction next to the hotel, but all of the guests I encountered on my stay were upgraded to jr suites or put on the west side of the hotel and did not have noise problems. Make sure to ask. The rooms were everthing you'd expect from a 4 star and they were fairly clean and new by China standards. The staff and concierge were polite and very helpful. The breakfast buffet was plentiful with western and chinese options.

Beijing is very spread out and there is really no central location to stay. This property is slightly out of the way. You can walk to the Forbidden City from here, but it's a long half hour walk. There is a lovely Hutong area across the street for strolling and dining (there is a great dumpling house) and a few department stores down the street. But be prepared to take taxis nearly everywhere in Beijing no matter where you stay.

Good enough

by TripAdvisor Member piccolita

Stayed at the Marco Polo Beijing last week, and I guess I had high expectations. All in all the hotel was ok. The best thing about it was the lobby which gives you the impression of class and good things to come. It was very quiet and clean- none of the busy-ness of more commercial hotels. Buffet meals were average to above average.
The room was nice in an understated way with nice cottony sheets. But I just have to say, for those who are maniacally clean, that the bathroom had a few stray hairs and used floss on the floor when I arrived. (Eeeeew) I presume its from the previous people.
Internet was also expensive at about 70 yuan for less than 30 minutes.
About location, hmmmmm, this isnt such a great location if you plan to do some walking around the hotel area. There's nothing beside or in front of it. There's a huge construction going on beside, so it seems like the only place really in that area. But nearby, is a commercial center with some shops but you will have to cross a really wide avenue. Or maybe just take a cab.
If you are going to be traveling by bus or cab all the time, then the location is fine.

A good choice for budget travelers

by TripAdvisor Member yuwaltz

I stayed there couple times in the past few years. Not sure about other rooms in the hotel, since I've always stayed on the 10th floor Continental Club Level. My first stay was excellent and impressive, even after I just stayed at Four Seasons in Tokyo. The interior of the hotel was elegant with charming details. They gave me an oversized room with a perfect view of TianAnMen Square and the National Theater. The bathroom, however, was too small. Water pressure in the shower and the toilet was less than satisfactory. The 2nd time staying there, they put me in a really small room, which was a big disappointment especially for a return gurest. Because I arrived at 11:30pm, I was too tired to switch to another room. I had a cleaning lady knocking on my door and entered the room without permission. She didn't speak any English and was looking for something until another staff member came in to chase her away. Strange! The staff at the Continental level was very friendly and helpful. Location of this hotel is good, convenient yet away from city center with only a short walk to nearest subway stations and shopping malls. I stopped staying there since the price is fairly low and there were more and more local guests staying there with nonstop cigarette smoking and loud conversations. I really loved the decor and the class this hotel had. Unfortunately, the constant crowds of domestic and international tourist groups made this place much less attractive than before. Also, I've discovered the new Intercontinental Hotel, which is on the top of my list right now.

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Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing

by OneNightInBangkok

I could not find much information about this hotel. Has anybody stayed here recently? I believe this is formerly known as Marco Polo in Xidan. I would appreciate it if you could give me feedback about the hotel's location and amenities. Thank you.

Re: Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing

by ellyse

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Re: Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing

by yangzhigong

maybe it's a new one, because the Olympic games you know, lots of hotels were opened before Auguest.

Re: Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing

by stickan144

I stayed there a moth ago and for the price it was very good.
If you use a standard room you are not staying i the high building, but the B-wing. The main building for the more pricey room.I made reservarion through Agoda, which seems to have the best prices for Asian hotels.
It's not a 5 star hotel which Agoda rates, but a comfortable 4 star of European/Us standar. lartge rooms, but stay away from the Breakfast if you are on a budget. Rather use the supermarket across the street and the refridgerator in the room. Free coffe/te in the room. Expensive internet.
Walking distance to the square etc.


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Address: 6 Xuan Wumen Nei Avenue, Xi Cheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100031, China