I spend a lot of time in Beijing. Everything from hotels for locals only, to four star hotels. This was a good compromise. English television stations, English speaking staff, Japanese levels of service, for the right price. I paid just under $100US per night.
The rooms were spacious, the beds comfortable. My room faced the main road, but the room was quiet. The window blinds were effective.
Finding a taxi was no issue - the hotel now allows taxis to line up just off site. My room overlooked the taxi line, and there were often taxis available.
The subway is very close, and it was quite convenient. The fare never exceed 2 RMB - something to consider over a taxi when going to Tienanmen Square or Wangfujing - both are very accessible by subway.
The restuarants within the hotel were pricy. We went to the seafood buffet, and it was fine. I could not justify $25US for breakfast, and found local street vendors selling breakfast for under $1US. No illness, no issue, just good street food. There are quite a few restuarants off site that are reasonable and decent.
Taxis from the airport - the airport taxi initially refused to drive me, saying that they didn't know the location. I was shuttled to a gypsy cab, where the driver demanded 650RMB for a 100RMB fare. Use your head - have the hotel telephone number handy, and ask the taxi driver to call the hotel. Pantomine if needed. Feign misunderstanding, since the taxi driver is doing the same to you. I assure you - all taxi drivers have a cell phone. Make the driver call and get directions from the hotel front desk if needed. Don't fall for the gypsy cab routine.
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