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The Emperor Beijing Forbidden City

#77 of 5,465 Hotels in Beijing
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No.33 Qihelou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 , China
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel that we booked was closed, so we were sent to another hotel We were not notified at the time of making the reservation, even though the closure was known then. The hotel where we stayed was dark,monosyllabic and strange. The service was awful and the food was bad. Stay away!

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in October 2011 while the hotel was relatively new. PRO: - location, location, location. It`s right next to the Forbidden City, you can practically see the rooftops next to you from the terrace - staff was very helpful, with good English - room was fairly large, clean, modern style with all the amenities - free tea and cookies... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The Chinese People have no manners or respect, as they cut in line and will try to push you out of the way or elbow you in the back to get what they want. This is great part of Chinese history and cultural but wow we were so sick of the people. I would say going during the week not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Its a huge place, do not be hurry even in a big group. Try to go to others areas beyond the central line that guide normally take you. Get one full day if you really want to enjoy it. First spend a time to know the front square with the museuns and if you want you can see Mao body.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The forbidden city is a must if going to Beijing. I recommend taking a whole day and hiring a guide like Mary Yin and her husband John Ma to be your guides. I don't recommend going on a weekend day if you can avoid it, we walked over there to see it on a Saturday and it was packed in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Our troubles started right out of the airport as the taxi driver had never heard of the place – 'obviously' you had to enter an underground carpark and follow some poor signposts down there for 10 minutes to get to the hotel – just like other '5 star' hotels. Front desk, looked like a back office, somewhere guests should have... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We booked and paid for the Emperor Beijing Forbidden City based on the wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor as well as in several guide books. We received a voucher for the hotel with the hotel's address. When we arrived at the airport in Beijing, late at night, after a 13 1/5 flight, we got in a taxi to the hotel... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I was expecting a boutique hotel but it wasn't. Location is great because is in the heart of Beijing. Let's explain our experience: our room was really really small. The floor was full of yellow blots and not so clean. The bathroom is without doors and there isn't a real shower. There's not a hot water but just warm (it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This hotel is a perfect base camp for a short exploration trip to Beijing, if it's just the two of you or with a small group (separate rooms for everybody obviously). I don't see this place as a family kind of establishment. Please check my blog for the detailed review: http://thelivingplanet.eu/?p=75

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This hotel is a perfect base camp for a short exploration trip to Beijing, if it's just the two of you or with a small group (separate rooms for everybody obviously). I don't see this place as a family kind of establishment though. Please see my blog for detailed review: http://thelivingplanet.eu/?p=75

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