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“Good location and good standard of rooms”
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Shatan Hotel
Ranked #652 of 6,606 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed 7 September 2011

Good, clean and comfortable room & bathroom. Located very close to Jingshan Park's East gate - so very close to the back entrance of Forbidden City. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the nearest metro/underground station. Service at the hotel was good, we found it a little difficult at times to communicate with members of staff as we were unable to speak in Mandarin but this was always resolved and we were able to book an enjoyable tour through hotel staff (to the Ming Tombs, Great Wall (Badaling) and some outlets).

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

We traveled to China with 3 kids (2 teenagers) and decided to go on a budget. The Shatan Hotel was good value for 7 nights. The rooms were clean, had a minibar, good bathrooms (though the showers didn't drain the fastest) nice white cotton bedding.
We didnot eat breakfast at the hotel but choose to go to the "Aly Cafe" down the street. For $7, each where we got a choice of hot beverage, eggs or pancakes, toast or fruit. It was open from 8am and the staff were very friendly- also they have free internet usage.
The street the hotel was on was very typical of local chinese living, street stalls, restaurants, small grocery shop. We found two places where we bought water, drinks and snacks. When you exit the hotel and walk left there is a lovely park call Jingshan Park where they do early morning exercises and you can get a fabulous view of the Forbidden City. Overall good stay, the staff were very helpful in directing us to buses so we could get to subways etc... Aparently some rooms don't have windows so make sure you get a room with a window.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Char035
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

I spent over three weeks traveling in China, and this was by far the best hotel I stayed at, even though it was not the most expensive. We stayed for three nights - our entire time in Beijing. Here are the main points:

-The room was small by American standards, but it was perfectly clean, did not smell of smoke, and contained a minifridge, hot shower, and working television with a few English channels.

-The hotel staff spoke English and were extremely helpful. For example, the doorman walked me to a nearby pharmacy to get cough medicine when I was sick and the staff gave us directions to restaurants and instructions for taking the bus to the Great Wall and called taxis for us to get to the airport.

-The bed was comfortable and the bedroom was quiet at night.

-The room had a window with natural light.

-The location is excellent - walking distance to the Forbidden City (20 minutes to entrance; 5 minutes from exit) and surrounded by the small, grey-bricked alleyways of the old city. Nonetheless, it's conveniently accessible on foot or by taxi and it is easy to get around by bus from the hotel. (As non-Chinese-speakers, we were amazed at how easy the buses were to navigate, in particular because a screen announced the upcoming stop in English.) The street the hotel is on has nice, authentic restaurants and bakers on one end, a small foreigner-friendly restaurant on the other end with free computers with internet access (but also with mediocre food), and low-priced grocery and convenience stores in the middle.

-In sum, I would recommend this hotel to anyone, of any age or budget, from backpackers to businesspeople.

[A final point, unrelated to the hotel: if you must for some reason take a bicycle rickshaw in the area, get the price in writing before you get on. We made the mistake of taking one of these and had an unscrupulous driver quote us a price of 3 kuai for a ride to Tiananmen Square; he then drove us at random through the alleyways for ten minutes, dropped us off a great distance from the Square (telling us it was right around the corner), and attempted to extort a fee of 300 kuai. The scenic ride through the beautiful backstreets was not worth the aggravation of the ensuing argument.]

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

The hotel was within walking distance of the Forbidden City, Mao's Tomb, etc. It also had a cafe serving American style breakfasts less than 100 yards away that also offered free internet service.

My room had no windows which was a benefit since it was also very quiet and dark early in the morning. The non-smoking room was large, comfortable, modern and well appointed. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful with enough English skills to handle our questions and requests.

This is an authentic Chinese hotel that is a fantastic bargin compared to comparable U-S hotels. Shuttle taxis are available to and from the airport for less than $30 each way.

Room Tip: Save money ask for a windowless room. Its quiet and dark for late sleeping
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  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I'd put this in the "very good hotel for the price" category. Had originally planned a trip in March, booked awesome hotels for cheap, but Delta flight problems (long story) and re-booked the flight for April. Somehow, all the cheap great hotels went up in price, sometimes double! Booked this one for the first 3 nights in Beijing. printed out a map, Chinese address. Taxi driver had problems (this is nothing rare), and got us to the right street, and within about a block. He told us King Parkview was the hotel. Security guard at King Parkview said he never heard of our hotel (just down the street), but we finally figured it out. We got in late, around 11pm. No problems with check in. Room clean. The street is awesome if you like street food. A dozen great restaurants/stalls, especially good for breakfast. Don't be afraid to point and eat. Very good food and very cheap! Get a yogurt in the clay pots with the paper lid. Awesome! Hotel is great location-wise. near JinShan park (best views of the Forbidden city, in the morning full of people dancing, tai chi'ing, etc). not far from forbidden city. No subway close, but within a 10 min walk, so you get to explore. I'd stay here again. recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

I chose this hotel based on reviews by other guests and the price. Although it was a wee bit "out of the way", I had no trouble finding a taxi driver who knew where it was (I caught the subway to Tienanmen East Station and then walked East to the intersection and caught the taxi from there). The reception staff had excellent English and I was allowed to check in at noon even though check-in time is 2:00 pm. The staff arranged a taxi to take me to my next destination which arrived promptly.

The room was clean and the bed very comfortable. The amenities were more than acceptable - none of the "fancy" stuff (moisturizer etc) but there was all-purpose body wash/shampoo in the shower and guest soap for the handbasin.

I asked the receptionist for a recommendation for a restaurant for dinner and she suggested the restaurant in the hotel next door. I had a lovely Szechuan meal for a very reasonable price (RMB78 for two courses, rice and two cans of 7-Up).

I wouldn't recommend the breakfast from the hotel unless you are Asian as it is strictly for the "locals". I ended up paying RMB38 for two pieces of toast and a boiled egg. There are plenty of places in the street or nearby to buy breakfast, so I would suggest that instead.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

If you are looking for an efficient,clean,hotel located in the middle of a snapshot of beijing life,this one ticks all the boxes.The rooms were a little bit small for 2 people with large suitcases and the beds were fairly hard but they are minor complaints in the overall picture.Location is good for a lot of things , but the metro could be closer.Still a quick trip on the back of a bike thru the hutongs and you're there. A very good launching pad to explore an amazing city.Highly recommend

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: No.28 Shatan Hou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #652 of 6,606 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range: £31 - £50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shatan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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