We were in Beijing for 3 nights. The hotel was minutes away from the forbidden city- the north east corner.
The hotel was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. People have complained about lack of English but we were fine- English wasn't great but our mandarin was pretty much non existent beyond hello and thanks.
The rooms are as described- a bitty tatty but they were cleaned. Yes there were stained carpets but again- they were vacuumed and overslly we were really pleased with the hotel. We would stay here again (we paid £30 a double through expedia).
1) to get here- train from airport to donzhimem, change to tube here and head for dongsi station (you change twice). Subway very easy and only 2yuan for any amount of connecting journeys. When you get to dongsi-exit side b, have a look at your map and head straight down to the corner of the forbidden city, you will pass the art museum before the hotel on the right.
2) if you get a taxi INSIST on the meter- and have the mandarin address (available on the hotels website). Taxi min is 10 yuan then 2/km after. We got a taxi to houhai (lake north of forbidden city- lots of bars and food places for 20 yuan, some taxis tried to charge 100 yuan for the journey back- walk away)
3) DO NOT, DO NOT, get a rickshaw/pedicab near the hotel. We took one from the corner to the right of the hotel with the idea of getting to the forbidden city faster (we had slept in and were jetlagged). They offered to drive us on one each and agreed 3 yuan each. They dropped us off and asked for 300 each (£60) and like idiots we thought- that's a bit steep- but assumed we were in the wrong (tired, hot and a little stupid). After they drove off (not before asking for a tip) I realised and did what you always tell others not to do in a foreign country and went after them. They had gone. We spoke to a local guy who waif report it to the police so we decided to head back to the corner and tell them we were tuning the police 110. The corner is very public and it was broad daylight. Other rickshaw drivers were there with no sign of the others. I explained my friend had gone to the hotel to phone the police and that we had photos. Within 15 minutes someone on a rickshaw arrives out of nowhere with the 600 and said- money back, no police. Which was good because the police couldn't do anything because we had handed money over and the were nowhere to be found. Obviously, trust your instincts, this was in broad salient in the city centre- I think I'd have let it go if it was a night.
4) Dont book tours on street for great wall. Get the bus- it cost next to nothing for the mutianyu section if the great wall from the bus station near dongzhimen (leaving at 830 ish, coming back at 2 or 4).
5) taxi to airport through the hotel was 280 yuan leaving at 4am, inclusive if everything.
Enjoy- have your wits about you but Beijing was fantastic. Climb the hill in the park across from the exit of the forbidden city for a great view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The buildings of the hotel are arranged like a court which is similar to European hotel and is different from the normal hotel of high buildings. The construction area of the hotel is 14000 square meters. The hotel has about 200 rooms of modern decoration or Chinese court style. The soft tone of the hotel, the elegant and bright lobby, the classic and exquisite decoration and natural & romantic de ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Wall Beijing
- Hotel Red Wall
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