This little hotel was recommended to us by a friend from Beijing and we were delighted. All the rooms have been recently refurbished in a modern style and are large clean and comfortable. The air conditioing was excellent and not as noisy as most we have encountered.
The bathrooms likewise were well appointed of a good size, fresh and clean. If you were wanting to be picky there is a shortage of drawer space and no wardrobe (hangers on the wall instead) and a mirror in the room as well as in the bathroom would have been useful. There is no hairdryer either.
The hotel had no dining facilities but there are plenty of small eateries nearby. They do not offer laundry facilities but directed us to one just up the street.
Like other Chinese hotels we have stayed at the hot water was not always abundant however there was hot water all day. In other hotels a bit off the beaten track in China we discovered that hot water was turned off for large parts of the day!
The staff spoke very little English but they were friendly, keen to help and they smiled - not a universal custom in Chinese hotels we have discovered. In fact outside the big chains we found a number of hotels had a grudging attitude to guests . China has a long way to go in the tourist stakes!
This is not luxury accomodation but the room rate was moderate and we negotiated a 20% discount. We stayed for a total of 6 nights - using the hotel both on our arrival in China and again when we returned to Beijing on our way home. I would certainly stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Iras Hotel Beijing
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Iras Beijing is a budget hotel, as well as being clean and comfortable, and is situated in the heart of Beijing Central Business District, just 8 minutes walking distance from the metro and 10 minutes walk from the famous Xiushui Market. By car, 10 minutes from Tiananmen Square and Beijing's numerous historical sights and 30 minutes from the Beijing Capital International Airport. We offer a variety of single, twin and suite rooms with modern facilities, equipped with color TVs, air-conditioning, hot & cold shower. All the rates includes taxes and service. In the hotel you'll find a comfortable atmosphere where you can relax in Beijing city with a drink and enjoy Chinese culture. ... more less