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The Emperor Beijing Forbidden City

#74 of 5,460 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I was expecting something cosy but found modern hotel which should be modernized. And needs maintenance. Location is great. View from the terrace is great - you see all Forbidden City (actually only roofs). I stayed there for a week - and every day breakfast was exactly the same. A bitt to less for 4/5 star hotel. So good for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The location adjacent to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square lifted the property (to four spots), which I have to say has commenced to deteriorate in places. It is also within walking distance of "walking street", if you are interested. The hotel is a little quirky in that there are no room numbers, just the names of Chinese Emperors, It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This hotel was absolutely lovely! I arrived at Beijing Airport late at night, a solo, older woman traveller and my pre-booked transfer was there waiting to whisk me through the fog and traffic to The Emperor Hotel where I stayed for 4 nights. My room name was HuangTai Ji on the ground floor with an orange colour scheme. The free... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Walkable distance to main tourist locations. Reception staff were very helpful and English speaking to book taxis etc. Colourful rooms, spacious and modern. Breakfast not bad with Chinese and European selection. Would recommend for a trip to Beijing

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