Booked this hotel and given the small price different I decided to go for the "Great Room" as it was meant to be a bit bigger, plus it included breakfast.
The staff were very helpful even before I left on my holiday and prevented me from being completely ripped off by the taxis and when I arrived at 5am in the morning it would be easy for someone to rip me off. I was told by a guy in what I thought was a uniform that it would be 500 yuan to get to the hotel and that the taxis over here would do it for 250 yuan. Luckily I already knew it should be between 70 and 100 yuan, with a bit of variation due to traffic. So we ignored the uniformed guy and made our way over to another taxis and in the end we paid 85 including the toll road, after a little help from the staff.
We were able to check in at 7.30 am which was great as it allowed us to freshen up and grab a bite to eat before heading off on our tour to the Great Wall at 9am.
My first impression, upon walking into the room, was "It's HUGE". Second impression, was that it looked pretty much like the pictures, although the walls are not flock wall paper but instead the pattern painted onto the concrete not that it really matters. Bathroom with shower and bath was also on the large side. I live in Europe and so my scale is on the smaller side for any Americans reading, however I think this was big even by US standards.
Good comfy bed, selection of pillows, loads of hanging space. One very small complaint is that there was only space to lay down one suitcase. But as you can see I'm having to go down to small details to say anything negative.
Included WIFI worked with no hassles, although obviously when you are in China some websites are not accessible. Also coverage in the lobby and restaurant.
Breakfast buffet, while relatively small was tasty with both Western and Chinese offerings. I quite liked the Chinese breakfast soup that was on offer.
Location is possibly the one downside of this hotel, as it is a good 3 or 4 kms from the city center. Although there is a big new shopping district, Sanlitun Village which has all the big brand shops and a few nice restaurants. Also nearby is one of the main cheap markets, Yashow Clothing Market but make sure you bargain hard as I think they like to process and also will take all the extra cash they can off the tourists. A taxis ride from here to the Forbidden City was only about 15 minutes and about 30yuan, so very cheap. Personally I don't think the location is a major issue, we even walked into the center from here in a bit over half an hour.
- Also Known As:
- g Hotel Beijing
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- nspired by the retro chic of the 60's, Hotel G is a luxury hotel in Beijing located in the fashionable entertainment district of Sanlitun. This Beijing boutique hotel has 110 rooms ranging from the standard good room to super deluxe, loft-style suites with raised bed area and a large bathroom complete with free standing tub. Designed by the highly acclaimed designer Mark Lintott, Hotel G Beijing is one of a series of luxury hotels with 60's-inspired designs to compliment the rhythms of metropolitan new Beijing.This luxury hotel in Beijing has won a number of international awards, and is regularly voted amongst the top 10 boutique hotels in the world. Scarlett restaurant is also achieving award winning status, recently winning the "Best For Wine" by the Beijinger 2011 Bar & Club Awards. When looking for your perfect Beijing boutique hotel, Hotel G Beijing is a fine choice for business travelers as well as tourists looking for an affordable yet unique experience in the heart of Beijing. ... more less
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