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Shatan Hotel
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

I returned to this hotel for my 2nd holiday trip to Beijing, China. The reception staff this time around needs improvement in the "friendly smile" department because you don't get the 'welcome atmosphere' when you check in the hotel anymore. There rest of the hotel staff are helpful and friendly. Yes, they do understand and can speak a bit of the English language.The dishes from the hotel restaurant for dinner are actually excellent! I had a wonderful stay and the hotel location made a lot of my trips/walks around the city much easier.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank nzam65
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Now getting to the hotel by taxi if it is during the day is a bit difficult. The neighbor hood is a Chinese neighborhood and getting through trafic can be trying. We had one taxi driver tell us know when we showed him the address. I have traveled all over the world and read a lot about China and the taxi drivers NOT speaking English. Well it is very true. Make sure you have the Chinese address before jumping in a taxi. The hotel staff was great. They booked a private car for us for the Great Wall. They also helped us with directions for all the attractions. The Hotel is about a 20 minute walk from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The closet metro station is Dongsi and it is still about a 15 minute walk minimum. There is also a metro right by the Forbidden City.
I enjoyed the hotel - it was very clean and the staff went out of their way. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dina N
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Reviewed 3 April 2013 via mobile

+ Location
Very good location near many of Beijings attractions, like The Forbidden City. Many Hutongs are in the neighborhood also for those interested. Supermarkets are nocturnal so getting bottled water for example is not a problem. Remember to check the expiry date on everything you buy as almost everything had expired!

+ Price
Not too expensive.

+ Rooms
The rooms are big and clean with a nice toilet and hot showers. The refridgerator worked well and the AC kept us warm! Very quiet during night.

- Language skills (English)
A language barrier exists here also. But the receptionist tried at least. It's OK!

- No metro station nearby.
The closest one is Dongsi (to my knowledge), about 1,5 km from the hotel.

All-in-all, I would definately stay there again and I recommend it to everybody!

1  Thank kankelbaer
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

Conveniently located, Sha Tan otel is 20 minutes walking from Tiananmen Square and Subway line 1, and 20 minutes walking to Drum & Bell Towers. Clean and 1 block from Bus that takes you to West Beijing Railway. Clean, safe, and friendly front desk personnel. Even it is in an alley if you arrive at night make feel not so secure, but once you walk around feeling changes. Good breakfast buffet, tipical chinesse buffete at good price. If you want to Visit Forbidden City, the rear entry is only 1 block of distance. We spent 3 nights here, I may recommend it. I may only advise that some times hotel smells as ash tray but I learn that even you may say Non smoking signs everywhere Chinese do smoke alot.

Room Tip: Looking for better rate, we choose a non window room, but we were all day out so no needed it...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Clausen06
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Together with 3 friends, I have stayed in the Shatan Hotel Beijing for 5 nights in total in March 2013 and would generally recommend this hotel for people who want to visit the main sights of the city as Forbidden City, Tianenmen square, Wangfujing Str., etc.

The hotel is located in a hutong area (Shatanhou) which is right next to the Jingshan Park and the rear side of the Forbidden City. This is a significant advantage for tourists, but it can be sometimes a bid hard to catch a subway line, as the closest subway station is approx. 20-25 mins away on foot.

Otherwise, the hotel is clean and provided us with free breakfast (though breakfast includes almost exclusively Chinese dishes, there still is bread, butter, fruits and strawberry jams for Europeans). The rooms are nicely furnished and the bed is quite comfortable.

So overall a good service at a very good price. Here I would like to point out that while the hotel service in general is good, we always felt that we have to be careful with what the hotel staff said and could NOT rely to 100% on them. Good that we had an excellent guide to help us!

The following information about airport and train station transfers might be important for you:

- Taxi from Beijing Capital Airport - DON'T BARGAIN and just let the driver know the hotel address in Chinese (prepare a card) and indicate that ypou want him to activate is metering machine -> PRICE to Shatan Hotel should be RMB 80 roughly. If you want to bargain, use this price as a base.

- Taxi from Shatan Hotel to Beijing South Railway Station (trains to Shanghai) - PRICE should be roughly RMB 50 per taxi. If you want the hotel to call a taxi for you keep in mind that this is very difficult (almost impossible) on Fridays and in the rush hours as the distance is short and you should speak to the hotel staff on the day before. Otherwise you might fall in the same trap as ourselfs, who were told by the hotel staff that we can call a cab just before our train departs (on the same day). But as we did that no taxi arrived. Luckily we had 3 hours left and only with the help of our tour guide (Skye Gao) could we catch our train with the help of some "un"-official taxies.

- Shuttle bus from Shatan Hotel to Beijing Capital Airport - let the Hotel call organize a shuttle bus for you (but insist on a price of RMB 200 or below) as they sometimes offer a shuttle bus for RMB 300, which is more than enough.

Pros:
+ clean and specious rooms
+ received free breakfast
+ very good price of RMB 358 per night (and value for money)
+ WiFi in the lobby

Cons:
- English is an option, but sometimes difficult to understand
- always difficult to catch the subway, since it is far away from the hotel
- expect a deposit payment of roughly RMB 400 (this seems to be the standard for China)
- hotel staff twice mislead us when we wanted them to call a taxi for us (to the Beijing South Railway Station), but then made up with a very good offering for a shuttle bus to the Beijing Capital Airport (RMB 200)

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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