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“good clean hotel with helpful staff” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Shatan Hotel
Ranked #538 of 6,435 Hotels in Beijing
mansfield
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67 reviews
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“good clean hotel with helpful staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2010

stayed 2 nights dec 27th & 28th { cost £33 per night ] and also jan 15th [ £25 ] both rooms had a window, free internet connection, safe, flat screen tv and provided free toiletries, slippers, etc. As stated, breakfast cost £3.80 per person and was buffet style, eggs, toast, and chinese choice.

Staff were very helpful, especially Pansy who spoke good english. We only tried the evening meal once - no western choice unfortunately - and we did not enjoy it.

The hotel does do transport to & from airport priced 200 rmb (£20) but we made our own way and this cost 110 rmb from airport taxi rank. The taxi driver also took us to the Great Wall at Mutianya the next day for 400 rmb. He could'nt speak english but that did'nt put us off.

Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2010

We were very happy with our stay at Shatan. We stayed in a room with no windows but that didn't bother us, although it is a bit weird having no natural light coming through. We stayed there for 7 nights and we really enjoyed it. It is close to forbidden city (5 mins) a big shopping area & food market (wangfujing) is about 20 mins walk, and the subway is about 15 mins walk.
Prefer to stay closer to Wangfujing as there are more restaurants and the subway is closer but we were on a tight budget and this was very good value for money.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NZ1983
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2009

The Shatan is an older hotel that is a good value. It‘s in a great location for seeing Beijing’s central tourist sites. You can walk to the Forbidden City’s North Gate in about 7 minutes. The China Art Gallery is just also close by. I especially liked the neighborhood “hutong” location. You are in the middle of real Beijing here with shops, restaurants, street vendors, etc. I stayed in a deluxe room that had a nice window overlooking the street. The room was small, but adequate, and featured a safe, flat screen TV, and free LAN wifi. I liked the comfortable bed, the inexpensive breakfast buffet, (get there early), and the helpful staff. I didn’t like the many cigarette smokers, or the foul sewer smell that occasionally wafted into the bathroom (old plumbing ). In general, the carpet and furniture could use a good cleaning, too.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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manchester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2009

Nice hotel situated in the hutongs, you will be surrounded by local chinese residents doing their everyday food shopping as there are butchers and shops selling fruit and veg etc. Do not be put off by this as they do not even notice our prescence and are very friendly people. Little shops on the same road selling water and drinks for about 3yuan which is approximately 30pence.

The hotel is approximately a very easy 15 minute walk to the nearest train station/subway stop. Easy to get there just ask the receptionist for details. (receptionists can speak english, some better than others regardless they will assist you as much as possible) Also taxis are very cheap to travel in. For example from Wangfujing snack street it costs 20yuan which is about 2gbps, or is walkable, about a 15minute walk.

The hotel is located approximately a 3minute walk to the forbidden city, which if u enter will lead u through to tiananmen square on the other side of the forbidden city exit...

The hotel itself is very clean and modern. We opted for a room with no windows and 2 single beds. Fresh towels were given and beds were made everyday. Only problem was the toilet got blocked one night but it was fixed by the next morning.

Didnt try the food, internet available for a very small charge. Liked the hotel and would recommend however I would have preferred it if there was a subway stop closer by for convenience at night times because after a long day of walking and sight seeing walking in the dark for 15 minutes is not the most desirable thing on my mind, however like i mentioned there are taxis therefore making this just a small minor disadvantage point about the location.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 88travelbug
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UK
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2009

We [hubby and myself] have just come back from 2 weeks at the Shah Tan hotel, and had a brilliant time. We made our own way from the airport to the Hotel, we got a taxi which cost 12 Yuan [£12]; as soon as we pulled up at the hotel, the porter from the Hotel was there to take our cases up to the room for us.

The room was immaculate; rooms were made up daily but towels and sheets were not always changed. Shower gel/shampoo, toothbrushes, shower cap, combs, slippers and a hair-dryer were provided. Rooms are air-conditioned. There are tea making facilities in the room which were free and there is also a mini bar. There was a wide screen TV [but only 2 or 3 English channels], and a safety deposit box.

We visited a number of places. The Forbidden City is a 10-15 minute walk from the Hotel. Entrance fee - 60 Yuan [£6] plus we hired an audio guide [costing 40 Yuan with a returnable deposit of 100 Yuan]. A full day could easily be spent in the Forbidden City - we were there from 10am until 230pm and hadn’t seen everywhere. Jingshan Park: entrance fee- 20 yuan [£2]. It’s a huge public park just a couple of minutes walk from the hotel. The park is very popular with locals who gather in many groups to exercise, play music, sing and dance; there are also café’s, as well as some pavilion’s to look around. The Temple of Heaven: entrance fee 25 Yuan [£2.50]. The surrounding of the Temple of Heaven is a very popular park for exercising, and with musicians, singers, dancers and games players. Great Wall/Ming Tombs: we did a trip organised through the hotel which went to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, a jade factory, silk factory then the International Stadium for a foot massage. The Great Wall was absolutely fab for to see, but steps are really steep; there are different parts of the Great Wall to see but we went to the Badaling Site. We were picked up from the Hotel at 7am, and dropped off again at 530pm and the trip was well worth doing. Birds Nest Stadium: entrance fee: 50yuan [£5]. There are souvenir shops and places to buy drinks etc. Lama temple: entrance fee 25 Yuan [£2.50] . The Buddhist temple has 5 halls separated by courtyards, each hall taller than the preceding one; there are prayer halls and several rather beautiful incense burners.

Getting out and about is easy enough; there is a good subway which charges 20 Yuan per journey whether you do 1 stop or 20 it’s the same price. Everything is in English as well as Mandarin as well. Nearest subway to the Hotel is Dongsi, about 10-15mins minutes walk

Eating out:
We spent some mornings in the hotel for breakfast; this cost 38 yuan per person per breakfast. It was buffet style and felt there was a good choice - melon and bananas, various types of bread, cakes but also a good choice of cooked food to choose from. We also stayed in the hotel for dinner a couple of nights; they have two menus – a Chinese menu from which there is a large selection to choose from; there is also a ‘Western menu’ which has burgers, pasta/spaghetti amongst others. One night we had a meal in the hotel – we both had tofu with chilli and rice as well as 2 cokes and 2 lagers. The bill came to 64 yuan [£6.40].

If we didn’t stay in the hotel for breakfast, we went to a place called Alley Café which was just down from the Hotel. There was a choice of omelette, corn flakes, pancakes with syrup as well as different types of eggs with toast; there was also the choice of either apple juice, orange juice, tea, or coffee. 30yuan each. They have internet access too. A couple of nights we went there for dinner; they do different types of meals, burgers, chips, pizza etc. I had margarita pizza which cost 45 yuan [£4.50], and two beers costing 25 yuan each.

A favourite restaurant [but a bit more expensive] is the pub called ‘No Name’ in the Xicheng district. Hubby wanted to try the duck and we’d passed this pub looking for another place so went in there. We paid 20 yuan for duck for hubby, tofu dish for me and spring rolls as well as 4 beers. [approx £20]

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Penang
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2009

After a thorough research with the help of Tripadvisor we booked the Shatan Hotel in Beijing. Upon arrival we were greeted in English by Anne the receptionist who told us that we had booked a standard twin room which have no windows and if we would like to book a superior standard room with windows. Her colleague and Reception Manager Payne, who speaks equally good English showed us the superior room with windows which is, in size and amenities, the same as a standard room. We finally opted for the standard room without windows. The ameneties we found were: Flatscreen TV, Hairdryer, Showergel and Shampoo, Coffee/Tea making facilities, Individually controleable and quiet Aircon, Keycard system, Safe deposit box and Minibar. Internet facilities at the reception area for a minimal charge. Housekeeping is doing an excellent job in keeping the rooms above average clean.

Due to the excellent aircirculation system in the room we did not find our room stuffy smelling at any one time of our stay.

Excellent Location: 8 minutes walking distance to the Forbidden City, 30 minutes to Tiananmen Square, 20 minutes to Night Food Market, 3 minutes to Jingshan Park, 25 minutes to the Bell & Drum Tower, 10 minutes to Jade Islet and Beihai Lake. A 3 minutes walk to the right in the same street you will find a small but very well supplied Supermarket called "Chaoshifa" as well as many little local restaurants and shops.

In short we were really happy with the choice of the Shatan Hotel, its location and the very helpful two receptionists Anne and Payne who were ever ready to give pleasant and accurate information.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Betelnutisland
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Gwynedd, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2009

Stayed in Shatan Hotel during a 4 month backpacking holiday and felt very spoilt. The hotel is lovely with 24hr concierge and in a great secluded location behind the forbidden city. The street that the hotel is on seems very rustic but the hotel itself is very nice. The enterance to the beautiful jinshang park is only meters away and here you can get incredible photos of the whole of the forbidden city. Would definately recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travelboots1
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Property: Shatan Hotel
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 #538 of 6,435 Hotels in Beijing
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Hotel Class:3 star — Shatan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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