This is truly an outstanding value! We stayed for ten days with two children, age 9 and 15. Price was USD $110 per night including all taxes for a large two BR, two full bathroom, spacious living room and small kitchen. Hotel is located in the middle of a busy shopping district with large department stores all around. We could see the Forbidden City in the distance. Go armed with a map with the location clearly marked with a big red X as even with the hotel's business card most taxi drivers seemed confused as to the location and needed some direction from me. They also don't seem familiar with the name of the big department store Huawei Center of which the hotel occupies the 9-11 floors. As other reviews have mentioned, it isn't on Xidan but instead is located on the small side street Tangzi (Hutong). The photo of the big building posted by an earlier reviewer was most helpful in finding it the first time, and also there are a couple of pedestrian overpasses going across Xidan that serve as a good landmark. Again you NEED a map with you to show to taxi drivers to get back there. The awning is now orange instead of green as per previous reviews, and it is located on the north side of the street. The room itself was clean and generally in good repair but not perfect. Housekeeping cleaned every day, fresh towels, etc. My only major complaint is that they cut off the heat the week before we arrived and the weather in Beijing (Apr 3-5) was cool with highs in the 50s and lows in the upper 30s F at night. The rooms have functional air conditioning but the heat is central. They provided us extra blankets and we used the oven (electric 'broil') to help warm up the apartment in evenings and mornings. It wasn't bitterly cold but the room was probably 60-65 at night. Happily by our third day it had warmed up and the rest of the stay was comfortable. Showers and hot water were great, housekeeping did a very good job. Desk staff spoke limited English-it was kind of hit and miss, though usually there was someone there that spoke a few words of English. We found the staff to be very friendly and they always tried to be helpful. They also arranged taxis for our two full-day Great Wall hikes. Their taxi tour prices were a bit high and you might want to negotiate a bit with their vendor. Lots of very nice and reasonably priced restaurants all around (local prices, not tourist rip-off prices) and this was great especially for kids who got tired of Chinese food. Lots of pizza, a Sizzler, DQ, McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Yoshinoya's (Japanese fast food). There is a small bakery across the street on the street level by McDonalds entrance. Very few non-Chinese people in that area and it definitely does not have a tourist feel at all. It felt very safe there. The pool was very nice and just long enough for laps (small $3 USD fee per use) and the gym also charges a small fee and was not much--a couple of exercise machines, ping pong, and a squash court. The breakfast buffet was nice, price $7 USD. Location of hotel is very central, one could walk to places like the Forbidden City though it was over one mile away. Taxis are cheap, pleantiful, and always right outside the hotel front door so we just took them all the time and saved the hiking for other places. Bank of China is in the building 4th floor but you have to go out and back in the store entrance to get there. Internet access worked fine and was free.
I most highly recommend this for the price and value! This is not the best place to stay if you are a demanding or needy traveler. However you will not find a better value anywhere in Beijing for family travel. I would definitely stay again.
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