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.
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.
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)>
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.
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.
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.
Two pairs of white slippers
Shampoo and bath liquid in dispensers attached to the wall in the shower
Electric water kettle
Two ceramic teacups with lids
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.
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