very very friendly service, and just 10 minutes from airport this is a top hotel with all the amenities of the international brand it represent. Biased as I once worked for the IHG group ::) with good memories!
They went to pick me up at the airport, as there was an accident on the road and the shuttle arrive late, they discounted the price as a gesture from 80 RMB to 60 RMB.
Once in hotel I was given an upgrade on the room to a suite !!! nice indeed great way to first visit to a country and city.
The hotel is tops location with many restaurants shops and bars just walking distance outside. Inside you have the JOT restaurant for light meals and breakfast or the KR Korean traditional resto both nice. As there were in house restos will not give a separate tip my way, but the KR has nice meats cuts and seafood with great local beer tsing tao. At JOT is where breakfast was served very plentyful and nice.
There is a swimming pool and gym and great lobby as well. Highly recommended for business trips and business outing ,also for pleasure its close to shops/restos.
too many to mention, for me it was easy close to airport and business park office. big rooms, nice views on the city and close to restos and bars in town quiet area.
I was concerned by reviews I had read, but we had a large room, think we had BBC World. Run the water if it isn't hot to start with. Breakfast buffet.
One of the best positions of any hotel we had in China. On the edge of both the beautiful old town, and the new town (try the shoe shops!).
The local minority is Naxi so try jew-bey-sayh for thank you and ah-la-la-lay for hello!! They really appreciate it.
Great foyer. Breakfast buffet in lobby. Restaurant upstairs. Rooms vary. The first one looked over back of hotel and was wedge shaped, bigger than usual. But friends of ours had a brick wall about 6 inches away from the window! Later we returned and had another room, again over back of hotel, but with windows, not so big.
A taxi ride to centre of town. Not far from train station and supermarkets (turn right out of hotel). Turn left out of hotel, and immediately left again. Then take first right. Walk down street and you come to a mall on left. Downstairs lots of shoes, but go upstairs and better quality merchandise but you can still get items for half the ticket price.
Big room, overlooking a "well" at back of hotel, but quiet. Only hotel in China where we didn't get CNN or BBC World News.
We were at north end of main street, and in the financial area. All the shops are mainly electronic but there is a general store on corner opposite. Turn right out the hotel and there is a lake with pretty lights at night.
Further south is the main square and shopping area, I would have prefered to stay in that area but we were on a tour. Being a "smaller" city, we found it a lovely place.
We were on a tour and this was the best hotel we stayed at. Big room, BBC World on TV. Busy breakfast buffet.
Close to old town (north west corner) and opposite a park. Also, turn right out of hotel and walk a couple of blocks to a supermarket. You will also pass a new "eat" street, with bars, restaurants, and shops which was still being finished when we were there.
This hotel had smaller rooms than some, but it was in a quiet street, with local restaurants and close to the city centre. Interesting stuffed peacocks in the centre of the spinning doors! BBC World or CNN.
Walk down to the West Gate of the Temple of Heaven and there is a small department store.
Opposite the hotel are small shops with water, beer and basic requirements.
The rooms may be a bit tired but then many hotel rooms in China are. But there was hot water, amenity packs in bathroom, clean king sized single beds, tea making facilities and CNN. Extensive buffet breakfast.
Get used to China. Most of the staff are not trained to smile and be happy as in the west, as at this hotel.
But you are out of the town centre and only a ten minute walk to the Metro, which is easy to use (signs in English).
Nearby there are streets with a local wet market, shops and restaurants. We used them all with hand signals!
I stayed in Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel for 2 days during the first part of my trip. During the last part of the trip, about three weeks afterwards, I stayed in this hotel again - this time for 6 days. So yeah, I can say that it was a great experience!
The hotel is located in the depth of a side alley named "Dongsi 4" (if I remember correctly, the sign pointing to the alley will note: "Dongsi Sitiao" because "Si" in chinese is number 4). The alley is located a 5 minutes' walk away from Dongsi Metro Station, which stands right next to the Wu-Mart. If you're not into Chinese food, you can eat at the McDonalds that is situated right next to the Wu-Mart, too. And if you want cheap food products, snacks and such - Wu-Mart is a great place to shop for that kind of stuff. To sum up - the hotel is in a wonderful location! If the weather is good, you can walk to the Forbidden City from the hotel and it will take you only about 25 minutes.
Now - about the hotel itself: it's a nice little courtyard hotel, deisgned in a lovely, traditional way. The rooms are all situated around a medium-sized courtyard, the main color that you'll see on the carpets and walls is red, all kinds of small Chinese artifacts sit on corner tables and shelves and to get to some corridors you need to open curtains that are followed by doors. There are two floors and no elevator, so if you have problems with climbing stairs, ask for a room on the first floor.
I got a room with a single bed. When I arrived, I was afraid that the room will be really cold, because I got to China in December, but there is no need to worry about the heating. The heating is great! There is a heating system that works all the time and if you need some more heat, there's an air conditioner. But it's really - really warm there. When I went to sleep, it was so hot that I had to change to short PJs. I think that the hotel has a heating system under the beds, too. Maybe some kind of heating mattress.
The room is traditionaly designed. The sink has wonderful paintings on it, the curtains are nice and the bathroom has a glass wall that has some Chinese illustrations of fish on it, which are really beautiful. There is a TV and a computer in the room. But the best thing that is in the room is the tea, which is supplied for free. Furthermore, the hotel supplies 2 bottles of water every day for free, too. And when you come back from your trip in the city, a snack awaits you on the tidy bed.
I would recommend you to add breakfast in the hotel to your order. The breakfast that is served in the hotel's restuarant is wonderful! There are Chinese dishes next to Western food. You can eat with forks or with chopsticks. And there is a large variety of pastries. There is also cereal and bread for those who want something really light. You can have coffee, tea, or fruit juices.
At the reception you can find a list of tours that the hotel can arrange for you. The cost is fine. I went on a tour to the Great Wall through the hotel and the tour was fantastic. I also went to an acrobatics' show that the hotel arranged a pick-up to and was really happy with the service.
And now - the most important thing about the hotel - its staff:
This hotel's staff are out of the ordinary. They speak good English. From the very first day in the hotel they treated me kindly and with a smile. The bell boy helped my get my luggage to the second door, one of the staff members gave me an explanation about the room's facilities and after a while one of the staff came to bring me a basket of fruit as a welcome gift. When I needed to get some info about the city - the staff at the reception always tried their best to help me out. Once, when I was looking for Majong and asked where I could find one, they knew exactly where I should go. When I came back on my second part of my trip they welcomed me back with the same smile they did on my first stay. They remembered (even though three weeks had passed) in which room I stayed the other time and I felt very happy to be back. When I left, they brought me a box of jasmine tea as a goodbye present.
To sum it all up - wonderful place and service!
There's a bar in the hotel called "Happy Bar" that sells drinks and dinner, for people who don't have the time or energy to start looking around for restuarants outside the hotel. The prices are OK.
I was very happy when I saw the room - a one-bedroom apartment with separate TV in lounge and another TV in the bedroom. The whole apartment is a nice size with soft beds which is a luxury in China. I was surprised to see a iron and ironing board in the closet. The kitchen does not have any plates or utensils. Only 1-2 English TV channels. The staff are very friendly and will try to help where ever they can. A lot of restaurants around the hotel. The Metro stop is about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. There is also a 7-11 right next to the hotel which is very convenient.
Modern rooms!! Soft beds!
This is 6 stars hotel in Tiajin . Total floor 50. It gives you wonderful sky view. Previous name was Raffles Hotel. The rooms are cozy and chic. The bar is located on the 50th floor, which will bring customers a great view of the prosperous Tianjin in the night
Swiss Hotel Beijing is 5 stars hotel but should not be compare with other Swisshotels ( i.e Istanbul ) , little bit old , but its quiete good. Service/Price ratio is reasonable. Hotel location is fair.Its close to Sanlitun Village ( Area ) where mostly foreigners are hanging. ( Salitun is a place where you can find bars, shopping malls, clubs and KTV ..etc )
Best thinng is Subway station 3 meters far away ( YES only 3 meter )
No WI-FI in the rooms only lobby
day inn forbidden check in and out is fast. good big room and clean, a big window to serve as light source in the morning but in evening lack central light so room become dim, food is ok buffet style that keep you going for the rest of the day. staff can speak a bit of english, good location near subway tianaamen east station so going around not a problem. i be back here..
good location, quiet neighborhood
I have not stayed in YH or HI in Beijing before, but I have stayed in a hostel with private room with shared bath , No 161 Hostel. It cost around Y 138 per night, it is consider inexpensive but very uncomfortable, not much space and the room is not that clean.
I have stayed in YHA (Youth Hostel) in Luoyang before, terrible experience. Don't expect you will get YHA standard like you have in Australia! But I have seen some nice YH in Xian, very cultural , look nice from the outside , but not sure about the room. The room rates are comparable with other hotel chains in China, maybe slightly cheaper but not much!
My points are;
1) The hostels in China does not have the Western standard in term of cleaninese and good operation! If they charge you Y50-Y80, they think you should not be demanding too much. You will either get a simple bed or a simple room without attached bath. YHA in China does not have the YHA standard like other developed nations.
2) Based on my own observation, foreigners or westerners choose to stay in hostel mostly because of the language barrier, which most hostels staffs can speak English ! and of course they think it is cheaper to stay in hostel, and usually thay are situated in strategy location.
3) Hostel is the comfort zone to a lot of backpackers and westerners ! Here is the place where they can meet new friends, and have good chat with international visitors.
4) The hotel rooms in China are not that expensive as comparing to hostels especially you are traveling with another persons or friends! I usually pay around Y120 ( US$20) to Y220 (US$38) per night everywhere in China,; Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian are slightly more expensive, but if you book earlier with www.elong.net , you can get good deal! Try not to book last minutes! Walk-in is a bad idea! I usually stay in Home Inns , a hotel chain throughout China. I usually have comfortable sleep with their room. Internet, drinking water supply , good locations! All their hotels are standard , you won't see much different in each one of them! But they are many hotel chains out there , you can search www.elong.net. You don' t need to pay using cc during booking! U pay upon check-in , this is the great part I like!
5) You must be aware that not all hotels in China can host international visitors! You must ensure to tell them that you are foreign visitor during your booking, otherwise you will not be able to check-in to the hotel if they don't have the licence to guest you.
Your revised itinerary looks fine but from Day 12 - 15, it will more make sense to stay at a local hotel instead of going back to Shanghai which will waste your time on the road. Besides, there are many unique streets and different nice unique cultural hotels in Hangzhou and Suzhou (I've stayed at Pingjiang Lodge, it's good). And you can also explore the night life there. My suggestion:
Day 12 - Hangzhou (hotel in Hangzhou)
Day 13 - Tongli(travel to Suzhou the same day, hotel in Suzhou)
Day 14 - Suzhou (hotel in Suzhou)
Day 15 - Fly home
Read more: http://forum.virtualtourist.com/forum-1440-1-Travel-China-1-forum.html#ixzz22AX3WcOr
To my understanding, Pingjiang Lodge is a cultural hotel with unique cultural flavour. If you are very much into cultural stuff, this is where you should stay. But if you are used to traditional western style, then just forget it. I recall that it was also November when I stayed at this hotel two years ago. There were beautiful maple leaves at the entrance of the hotel.
We stayed here back in 2008, actually we were there during the big Chegdu earthquake (everyone was ok though).
This place had a great Travel Information Centre to help out with trips to Songpan, Tibet, and other areas.
It's a massive hostel (was an apartment building) but the dorms are spacious and have dividing curtains and individual reading lights.
They have great Japanese gardens inspired and built by the previous owners Sim and Maki. They also have a large library with lots of reading areas and outdoor decked seating.
This was the best hostel we stayed at in China. It was sociable, there was lots of space, and the staff were great. It was a hard place to leave.
It has to be said that the amazing owners Sim & Maki, have now gone travelling with their 2 daughters. They left in Dec 2010 and I'm not sure what impact this may have had on the property. I would suggest in addition to this review that you look at Hostelworld or Hostelbookers for other up to date info.
Sort by: Most recent | Most helpful
Top China hotels