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The Emperor Beijing Forbidden City

#76 of 5,488 Hotels in Beijing
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No.33 Qihelou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 , China
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Forbidden City is a must see. Just to gaze upon dwellings where Chinese royalty once lived is awesome. The compound itself is magnificent and truly is a city within a city. Word of advice: Try a tour guide to help you navigate and explain the historical aspects of it all & wear good comfortable walking shoes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing is a must-do for any traveller to China. One thing to be aware of is that there are many "predators" along the stretch of shops (especially around the art shops) located right outside the Forbidden City wall. Especially if you are walking alone, they will try to convince you to go into the shops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

A very clean and tidy place. Was very welcoming. Few minutes walk to the main town centre. Lovely rooms.Walking distance to the Forbidden City. Nice restaurant with lovely food. Just a perfect place to stay. Close to everything. Thanks

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

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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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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