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“Good value and good location” 4 of 5 stars
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City Line Hotel (Harmony)
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.9 Youtong Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)   |  
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Ranked #937 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
Tynemouth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good value and good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2008

The Harmony is in a convenient location, a 20minute walk from Tiananmen Square. Better still, it's a short stroll from Beijing Railway Station, and from stops on two different subway lines (Dongdan and Beijing Railway Station). The hotel is up a side street, near the main post office. Quiet at night, but we always felt safe walking about.

The staff were very pleasant and helpful, and were very tolerant of this jet-lagged westerner who locked himself out of his safe in the room twice in ten minutes (well it had been a long journey from England...). The room was clean and comfortable, with decent bathroom facilities. If I have a complaint, it's that the beds were very hard; good for the back I suppose...

Breakfast was erm, interesting (eggs, smoked sausage, fried noodles etc). We only had breakfast once, then made other arrangements. Room service food was quite nice, and cheap.
Of course there are lots of good restaurants to try in Beijing.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Hard beds
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

We booked for a deluxe room at USD85/night---stayed for 5 nights but got one night for FREE!

Hotel is conveniently located near a subway station which makes tourist spots like Forbidden City, Tiananmen, Lama Temple,Temple of Heaven very accessible as these are found a few strides away from the exit of the subway stations . Fastfood chains and restaurants are also just around the block (Mcdonalds, KFC etc).

What's even better is they have currency converter inside the hotel---with NO commission or service fee!

Tip : The hotel is very accessible from the airport. Take Bus 3 from the airport (CNY16) and get off at the last stop (Beijing Railway Station). The hotel is just a good 5 minute walk from there! You can take the same bus going to the airport.

If you can help it, do not exchange your notes at the airport as FOREX in the airport charge CNY60 per transaction.

Stayed May 2008
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2008

Stayed at Harmony Hotel for 4 nights. Lived up to all the positive reviews. The room is clean. Staff are polite and nice. Got a good deal for the 4 nights. Paid 3 nights and 4th night free. Good location. Near to subway. Will definitely recommend to friends.

  • Liked — Very good location
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2008

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights in March 2008. It is a nice hotel tucked down a small street a short walk from the fancy shopping district of Wangfujing. It is in a good location, close to shops and markets, and a short taxi ride, or about a 20 minute walk to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. It is also in immediate proximity to the subway, railway station, and convenience stores. It is adjacent to the Harmony Spa which my wife and I both had a good massage. The room we stayed in was clean and spacious, with a large living area. The shower was a little temperamental, and there was only one English-speaking news channel amidst the 40 or so channels. Besides from one or two people, the staff didn't speak alot of English. Although the decor is a bit dated (plush pastel pink and golds) it was very functional and comfortable considering the price we paid (around AUS$60). You would be hard pressed to find a comfortable hotel in as good a location for the price.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2008

Harmony was much better than we expected for the money. The rooms were clean, well serviced, and of average size. The reception staff were delightful and very keen to help. The breakfast was a generous buffet,with a good choice of Chinese, British, or Continental. We actually ate in the restaurant on two evenings which we would not normally contemplate. The only downside was a trip to the great wall which we organised through the travel agent on the first floor. Our guide,Fang, was really disinterested and unhelpful. But overall top marks to the Harmony for the price.

  • Liked — clean and cheap
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ENGLAND
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2008

The Hotel Harmony lived up to most of the reviews,believe me I could not fault this Hotel for the price I paid. The staff was always courteous, the rooms where of a reasonable size,neat and clean. The location is excellent for the sub-way which is very easy to use.
The staff at reception mostly could speak enough English to help in most instances, no real problems . The restaurant was of excellent value both for breakfast and lunch and dinner.At breakfast there was enough to choo

se from , even for the most picky type who usually end up in Mc donalds or K.F.C. which we all do at times. Give a try you will not be disappointed, my wife is of the most picky type as afore mentioned and in the end I had her trying all the different types of food and I think it might have changed her thoughts on foreign foods at last.
The hotel is a good and honest 3 star Hotel and I was pleased I used it for my stay.They also have a travel company on the second floor, they are not the cheapest, but are good at what they do. Use the internet to plan what you want to do, and choose how you want to do it when you get there. on your own or with a tour operator, however I would advise you to do the wall and the Ming tombs with an operator.
When you get to the area of the Hotel Harmony at first you might think it looks a little dodgy round here, but there are no problems, and it is very safe.
I did most of the important sites in Beijing, and only seen 1 tourist trap, and that is at Maos Mausoleum. You cannot take a bag or camera into the mausoleum, and some helpful chinese person might try to show you what to do. Have nothing to do with them. They are after either money or some of the contents of your bag. There are signs in English to tell you where to take your bag or camera, it costs 10 Yuan, about 2 euros to store your bag. Its safe and easy to use.
Pick the hotel Harmony and most people will be pleased, I cannot speak for everyone, but I am a very worldwide traveller and have stayed in most areas of the gobe in 5,4,3,2,1 and none star, and this is the first review I have ever written, so I can help you the public, which also helps the Hotel.
One final thought, taxis or bus? IF you can afford it Taxi. it only costs about 15$ from the airport and is very cheap around the city.
Hope this helps you all, I for 1 had a great time, Bai- Bai

  • Liked — LOCATION
  • Disliked — NO BATH IN MY ROOM
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

We stayed at the Harmony Hotel in Beijing from March 05 to 15 in 2008. We booked our room before hand and chose a deluxe room over the standard (387 sq. ft. vs 268), which gave us a bit more room with a sitting couch and small table. Our actual room was #516 on the 5th floor of the 7-floor building. (see accompanying floor layout plan)

The room (and the hotel in general) appeared to have recently been upgraded with new fixtures, paint, beds, etc. A lot of this type of upgrade has been, and is currently in progress throughout Beijing in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics in 5 months time. So, the rooom really looked new and very clean.

Our room had two single beds, which quite frankly were the firmest beds we have ever slept in. Having a bad back, I welcomed this, however, I did think they were a bit too firm as we both had sore hips and ribcages after our week's stay. Like sleeping a a board covered with a mattress cover.

Our room faced east but the morning sun (when it does shine through the smog) is easily and completely blocked by heavy drapes. (see accompanying photos)

The bathroom was spacious with a full tub and shower attachment. The water pressure is sufficient, but the shower head makes it somewhat light, but still very acceptable. Hot water can be slow coming, and at times warm instead of hot, depending on the time of day.

There is a small stocked mini-fridge/bar, which you can use to keep a few small items cool if you wish.

This hotel has a power saver feature typical in many hotels in that part of the world, whereby you need to insert your access key-card into a slot in a device by the door to enable electricity to the room. We chose to always leave our second card in the device to keep the fridge and heating/cooling on while we were out.

Power is 240-Volts, 50 Hz, so you will need a power converter and adapters to use 110/120-volt devices. Despite using the converter, my wife fried her power toothbrush charger - must have been the frequency (50 Hz vs 60 Hz), because we definitely had the step down transformer. Be aware that there are two differnt outlet types in the rooms: one that accepts the standard double flat prongs or round prongs, and the other that accepts a grounded plug but the prongs are at 45-degree angles (see accompanying photo). Given the very cheap prices, you may be better off buying a hair dryer or curler in Beijing.

Although there is maid service each day, in order to converve energy you can leave a card on the bed to not change the linen - only make it up. We obliged, but chose to have fresh towels each day.

We found our stay quiet in the evenings and at night, with no noises to wake us. However, we always travel with a white noise generator to mask out external noises.

While there is cable TV with a good number of cable channels, the only english speaking channel is CCTV, a mostly news oriented channel.

The staff's english is acceptable, but only a few are fairly fluent in English. For the most part, they were very helpful and accommodating.

There is a business center on the 2nd floor, where you can use one of several computer terminals for checking email, etc. The cost of this service is 1 Yuan per minute, and the center is open from 8am to 8pm.

Although we did not use it, there appeared to be a very nice and clean (with table cloths) restaurant on the main floor, which usually served meals buffet style. On the other side of the lobby, a small bar (which we rarely saw anyone use).

Although the hotel is very clean, neat, and well kept, probably the best thing about it is the location. It is very centrally located, minutes from the Beijing Subway and the Beijing Railway station. There are also a few western style eateries (McDonalds and KFC) within minutes walking distance. And right beside it, is a small Chinese eatery that features breakfast dumplings for those that like that for breakfast. Directly across the street is a small convenience store for snacks, soft drinks, etc

  • Liked — Location, price, cleanliness
  • Disliked — There are a very limited number of the larger rooms available.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: No.9 Youtong Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #937 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — City Line Hotel (Harmony) 3*
Number of rooms: 125
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