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City Line Hotel (Harmony)
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.9 Youtong Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)   |  
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“Clean and affordable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

City Line

Booked a standard room on Agoda for about US$45 a night (including service charge and hotel tax). The hotel had been known for many years until recently as Harmony Hotel (or Hua Mei Lun in Chinese), so most taxi drivers may still be more familiar with the old name. Taxi from Beijing Capital International Airport to the hotel cost 96RMB. Check-out is at noon or by 1pm at the latest upon request.

Reception

I speak Chinese so not sure about the English proficiency of the receptionists. I did not find them to be rude or anything. Check-in/out was quick. They do store your luggage after check-out if you have a late flight.


Location

The hotel is just off the busy Jianguomen Inner Street and is 2km from Tiananmen Square. It is within walking distance to the Beijing train station. The closest subway stop is Exit A of the Beijing Railway Station. There aren't that many tourist attractions in immediate surrounding. The street on which it is located is a bit run-down (there is a small recycling station a few steps away), but there are a couple of convenience stores and several more local eateries (noodles, etc). A block away is a major intersection where you will find bigger hotels and the Henderson Shopping Center, which houses a bigger supermarket, a few restaurants and a bustling food court in its lower floors.

There are about several small local restaurants near the hotel, including a convenience store/restaurant that serves BBQ during the evening. Further away near the Beijing Railway Station are more restaurants and shops, including Chinese and Western fast food chains.

There appears to be strict rules regarding taxi picking up passengers in front of the hotel, but some do it anyway. Otherwise, you can easily catch a taxi on near the Beijing Railway Station (but not on Jianguomen Inner Street where curb-side stopping/parking is strictly prohibited)>

Bedroom

Apparently the rooms have been renovated and the wallpaper still look very fresh. It is a non-smoking room, but I was still glad that there is no cigarette smells as is usually the case in many Chinese hotels, where guests more often than not ignore the non-smoking rule. The bed is on the hard side and there is only one pillow and one cushion provided for each bed (there are two beds in the room).

It is not terribly spacious but is adequate when compared to a standard/twin room in Hong Kong of a similar price range, which tends to be claustrophobic.

There aren't that many easily accessible sockets in the bedroom. I had to pull the work desk a little bit away from the wall to reach one socket.

I was here in early April, and central heating has already been turned off, but it was not very cold in the room, so it was fine. Although it would have been nice if the fan function is working to provide a little circulation during the night. Instead, the window can be slid open slightly (but not all the way as there is a stopper).

The walls are a bit thin so it would be advisable to ask for a room away from the elevators, where there are also conference rooms. Rooms with odd number face the back while those with even number face the front.

Bathroom

The doors of the shower stall do not close completely so water may get on the floor. The shower stall itself could have been a bit bigger considering there is some unused space. Water pressure though is quite adequate and the water warms up quickly.

One minor complaint is that the bathroom light takes a good 7 seconds to turn on.


Internet

There is free wifi signal on each floor, but it is very weak. I wonder if the signal would be stronger depending on the proximity of your room to the signal source. However, I noticed the signal appears to be stronger on my smartphone but it was still spotty.

Amenities

Two pairs of white slippers
Toothbrush sets
Shower cap
Shampoo and bath liquid in dispensers attached to the wall in the shower
Electric water kettle
Two ceramic teacups with lids
Alarm clock
A work desk with a lamp
Small flatscreen TV
Two armchairs and a coffee table
A closet by the door with wooden cloth hangers
Minibar items for which you need to pay (two 1.5L bottled water, two cup noodles, and two cans of soda)
Two hand towels and two bath towels

Although there is an empty slot beneath where the water kettle is, which appears to be designed for a small fridge, there isn't one. In the summer, I would imagine a fridge will definitely be appreciated and useful. It would have also been nice to have complimentary bottled water considering Beijing's tap water is not drinkable. The bottled water at the minibar cost 15 yuan but you could buy one for 4 yuan in the convenience store just across the street. There is also no safe in the room, but one is available at the reception.

When they cleaned my room, for some reason they did not clean the cups and put them back to the original spot.

Room Tip: Away from the elevator and facing the back.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

let's put it this way, if you are just looking for a place to sleep then this should be okay. The location is central and 5 minute walk, you are already in the Metro Station of Beijing Zhan (Beijing Railway Station). There are some places to eat around there but nothing stands out. Head for Henderson Malls to stock up in the supermarket or there is like a bunch of restaurants and food court. It is also close to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City and WangfuJin street. Just a few blocks away.

The wifi is pretty reliable, The bed is unbelievably hard. But I guess that's very common in China?I didn't have breakfast because breakfast isn't included.

The room is enough, pretty clean and has free coffee and tea.

The downside is, there's almost nobody who can speak English. So, it's a bit difficult to ask any information or to fix things. The Heater was turned off in beginning of Spring. So if the temperature is still very cold, they won't make any exception. Definitely not recommended for unusual cold weather in the spring or Fall season.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Rooms have been nicely touched up with major update carpet or gone for floating floor. Restaurant is greatly improved. Price + location a BIG plus! Only drawback that keen & helpful front office staff have little English. If there is a problem ask for katy frp. Sales Deparment who was top Harmany Hotel front office sub manager who has definitely okay English.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

HARMONY HOTEL – We stayed here at the start of an Intreid tour. Tired 3 star hotel but clean. Staff very good. Rooms as you would expect in China, not large with very firm beds, but in good location, right near Beijing train station. 5 min walk to Henderson mall with supermarket in basement. Plenty of places to eat in the mall. Good for walking to Tiannemen Square and Forbidden City. Food stalls in the side street near hotel, be careful. Mcdonalds just over the road and mini mart on corner. Ask for a taxi card as hotel is in a side street and difficult to find.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

I was very much disappointed to find out that the great *** Harmony Hotel in Beijing closed down on 30Jun2012. Then I was expecting it to re-open greater than even it was before. Moreover the location was ideally central to transport + much more. However after speaking with an ex senior staff member yesterday I now know it has gone forever! Evidently the property owners have taken back the site to redevelop for their own purposes. This is not good news for us long term clients and MOST importantly for all their great staff from friendly efficient concierges, ever tremendous front office staff, terrific domestic people and ever obliging maintenance engineers who were always happy to do anything and everything including repairing client bags. I can only wish the very best for all these lovely Harmony Hotel staff.

Room Tip: For those who stayed there jut be thankful.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The hotel is no glamour, but the location, and the quality of the food and the energy of the local area is first class.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Hotel is basic, but clean and a reasonable price. Good for exploring the city - not far to forbidden city etc, close to railway station. Restaurants & shopping centres within 10-15 minutes walk, mini mart across the road. Had a great stay, usual Chinese firm but comfy beds. Chinese & western breakfast options. Definitely value for money & good location. Make sure you get a card with hotel address for help getting back in case you get lost - Chinese taxi drivers do not speak English. Bottled water provided each day (don't drink the tap water).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.9 Youtong Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#462 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — City Line Hotel (Harmony) 2*
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