We stayed at this hotel as part of a tour of China and we liked it a lot. The room was a good size, very comfy bed, nice bathroom with bath (which we like), quiet AC. The decor is standard holiday inn so you could be anywhere in the world but it was comfortable. We requested a non-smoking room and didn't notice any smoke smell.
The hotel is next to Funcheumen metro station but to find the entrance turn left out the hotel (on the main road which you get to via an access road) turn the next corner again left (major road junction) and the station entrance is tucked away on the left - not that easy to spot to be honest even though you are on top of it.
The station is in the same building as a shopping centre and in the basement is a large supermarket - again not easy to spot from outside. You can access either via an escalator from the shoes dept or from a side door inside the metro station (on left at bottom of stairs before you get to the ticket machines). This was a great find as there were lots of beers and large bottled water at good prices (4.5RMB for 4l of water). If like us you are on some all day trips with lunch, then you can get a DIY room meal from here, salads, even hot take away local dishes, very cheaply.
Breakfasts in the hotel were the best on our trip - good quality and variety of dishes, well presented and plentiful. Really sets you up for the day.
The metro system in Beijing is great - everything in english as well as chinese. The tickets are 2RMB anywhere and the touch screen machines have an 'english' option you touch and it guides you through the process. We went up to the olympic park in about 25 mins (one change) and spent a day there - even had a swim in the olympic pool (you must take a swim hat) for 50RMB each. You can also go in the birds nest stadium - again tickets are about 50RMB. Tip - on the metro, look for the name of the station at the end of the line for your direction of travel, as all the signs are for 'trains to....' which is the last station. This is the same in most cities in the world - except London which uses northbound, southbound etc.
If travelling by air in China, it's worth taking a drinks bottle (empty through security) as both hot and cold purified drinking water is available free from every set of loos, both public side and air side - no need to buy bottled if you have a container. The hot water is for the chinese who all carry green tea flasks about with them and expect the hot water in public places.
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