My stay in the Zhong An marked my first ever visit to China and was a great experience for me. Upon arrival ( I took the bus from Beijing Airport arriving at the train station) I did struggle to find the Hotel as the Beijing Hutongs are hard to navigate and after a long flight and being thrown into your first steps in China it;s a bit disorientating,
After battling off a crew of locals who wanted to charge me to show me the way a nice guy with a briefcase (who was then slapped in the face by a local conman) pointed me in the right direction! The walk is only 5 mins max from the station and all it's nearby amenities.
I was a bit unerved at the start as the first alleyway you walk up is really ramshackle and there's a rather pungent public toilet you have to pass but then I spotted the neon and was happy to find the hotel!
I was lucky that my room was really quiet, no indication I was so close to a major train station and I found my room to be clean and cosy and had a wonderful stay there. I booked a single room and it was relativley spacious with en suite bathroom, spotless bedlinen and polite staff.
Had a few language difficulties with staff but they always made the effort to either pass me over to someone who spoke more English or made a call etc. There is also a desk there that operates tours and offers tourist info so you can book up trips the the Great Wall etc from the hotel. Unfortunlately my tour was cancelled at 6am minutes before I was geared up to head out as I was the only person booked on the trip...but the facility is there if you need it! Alternatively you can use the buses from the bus depot in Tianenmen for such trips to Ming Tombs, Great Wall ect!
As a solo female traveller I felt safe staying in this area and was really impressed with the location and how quickly and easily I could walk to major sights around the city. There is also the subway system closeby to get to areas further away which was very easy and cheap to use.
There's a great Veggie restaurant just over the road from the station which served up great food as well as a handful of convenience stores for snacks and supplies.
The busy Wangfujing street and night market were about 10 minutes walk away which was awesome. It;s a great base for anyone wanting to just wander around the city by foot as spots like the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are easy walking distance.
Overally I would highly reccomend this place as it;s great value for money, decent rooms, clean, boasts friendly and helpful staff and is perfect location! I actually returned to the Zhong An a few weeks later when back in Beijing and once again could not fault my stay there!
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