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“A hotel and location you might overlook - Excellent staff made the trip!”

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Mingri Wuzhou Hotel
Ranked #2,024 of 6,483 Hotels in Beijing
Boston, MA
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“A hotel and location you might overlook - Excellent staff made the trip!”
Reviewed 12 November 2012

In looking at all the hotels Beijing has to offer, as a western traveler, this is a place you would probably overlook. This is not your typical hotel for American travelers; it caters primarily to Chinese.This is a good place to stay if you want a very Chinese experience. The rooms are clean and spacious with the usual amenities, including a good Chinese breakfast - you will not find western breakfast here. The hotel is also quite far from the usual tourist attractions and is not close to a subway station, the closest is at Military Museum - although taxis are very inexpensive in Beijing. The staff had very limited English (and my Mandarin was not much better!). It is convenient in that there are a few banks nearby (hotel does not change money) and there is a Carrefours and KFC across the street. Like much of Beijing, there is quite a bit of construction going on, so there is likely to be new services available soon.

It doesn't sound so interesting does it? Well, this hotel is right in the middle of the Maliandao Tea District and is surrounded by tea shops and a fascinating hutong. By 5 am, the neighborhood is humming with tea merchants, the whole area smells of different types of tea, there are beautiful tea sets to be bought, little children sitting on big burlap bags of tea studying and playing, women hand sorting and grading tea. There are lovely little shops which have tea ceremonies and unique small restaurants with regional cuisines. Although off the beaten path, this is a fascinating area. If you can, take the Maliandao Tea Tour to see and understand it all.

As for the hotel itself, the thing that makes this hotel so lovely is the staff. Despite a serious language barrier, they went out of their way to assist us. The porter was particularly helpful and everyone refused to accept a tip for work that was above and beyond. We had to settle for offering our sincere thanks.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Tyne and Wear
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Reviewed 12 October 2012 via mobile

Myself and 11 others arrived at the Mingri Wuzhou hotel from England on a trip to the Great Wall, armed only with 1 word of Chinese, we suffered badly, the staff were well turned out and were keen to help but couldn't understand a word of English. The hotel caters mainly for Chinese so the food and customs are specific and no western food available. The rooms were spacious and toilets satisfactory but the location is not practical for tourists looking for gifts unless that gift happens to be tea, I think this hotel is ideal for work conferences etc but very little to do on a night time except visit a Karioke venue about 800 mts from the hotel.
The general area is a mix of the haves and have nots and care should be taken when walking alone at night.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

Friendly staff but in the middle of the Tea District and nowhere near anywhere you want to visit. Basic and reasonably clean but our wash hand basin was cracked and the beds are like stone. Decent shower though. Could not change money here. Glad to be there as part of a group and only staying for a couple of days or would have felt very isolated. Tried breakfast one day - when couldn't discern difference between coffee and hot orange juice, I knew it wasn't worth going down again!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

I stayed at this hotel with a group in March 2012. The hotel was okay, but I do not recommend it for western tourists. For one, the location is not great. It is quite a long ways away from any of the sites you will want to visit. Secondly, there are very few amenities for tourists. We were unable to change money at the hotel, and the closest bank was a ways away. I also found the hotel to be rather loud and very smoky. I would not choose to stay here.

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Property: Mingri Wuzhou Hotel
Address: No.16 Malian Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100054, China
Region: China > Beijing > Beijing West Railway Station
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Ranked #2,024 of 6,483 Hotels in Beijing
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Hotel Class:3 star — Mingri Wuzhou Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 230
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