My fiancé and I had a wonderful stay at this hotel from October 5th to 14th 2011. We chose it because it was the highest ranked 4-star hotel at lowest price in such a central location on Hotels.com, ebookers and booking.com. Superb value for money!
Had read all the reviews we could find but we got surprised anyway. Location and the hotel was much better than we had expected. Never travel with high expectations. It's better getting postively surprised. We had a room on 11th floor on the hotel's front side and had a beautiful view of the city and even the Forbidden city and Tian'an Men on clear days with less smog. The hotel is right next to two different subway stations. Dongdan and Chonwenmen. Attractions like Wangfujing shopping street, Forbidden City, Tian'an Men and Tian'an Men square are all in walking distance. We varied a lot in walking, taking subway and taxi. The Malls at Oriental Plaza were a 5 minutes walk away giving you tons of shopping and eating choices. The underground floor has a shopping street with plenty of restaurants of different kinds. You find everything from Burger King to more decent and expensive restaurants with both local and western food. If you're looking for cheap, fast breakfast the nearest options is McDonalds on the corner of the Oriental Plaza, the foodstreet at the Oriental Plaza or nearby Chongwenmen subway station where there is another mall with Starbucks, KFC and many more. We used to buy take away breakfast at a nice little Bakery right on the corner next to Chongwenmen subway station. Delicious, fresh and very cheap.
The staff at the hotel is great. Lots of nice people working for your best. Not everyone speaks fluent English but they all speak at least a bit and and always try their best to understand and help you. Best English speakers are the ones who works in reception. Everybody, also Cleaners always smile and greet you in the morning. We had a problem flushing down the toilet and they fixed it immediately. The hotel looks a bit dull from the outside but on the inside is very nice. Clean lobby, corridors and rooms. It shines in every corner.
We stayed at the Deluxe King rooms which are a bit bigger than standard, they also have sofa and writing desk. The bed was not hard at all (most tourists in China complain of hard beds). It was perfectly soft and we both slept like little angels.
The consierge called a taxi for us in advance for the day we were leaving and it was there on time. I have read reviews from other hotels where many complain about too long time waiting for check-out. We waited only 20 minutes having no problems at all.
We will definetely recommend this hotel for every kinds of travellers and also go back there another time. Don't forget to have the hotel name written in Chine characters or else none of the taxi drivers will not understand where you want to go if you take taxi from the airport. At the hotel you can get a card including most attractions in Chinese characters.
Do not hesitate in choosing this hotel!
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