We reserved the Capital Hotel for a 3-night post-cruise stay in Nov '11 and chose it the way we choose other hotels, which is based on a combination of price and guest reviews that are mostly positive. So we and others arriving at the same time were all pleasantly surprised and impressed to see what a beautiful hotel the Capital turned out to be. Our initial impression lasted throughout our stay, and we are giving the Capital Hotel 5 stars in all categories.
The exterior is very attractive and the lobby is huge, sophisticated and and much more elegant than the reasonable prices led us to expect. The staff were all helpful, professional and friendly. We were in Tower B in room 850, and our room was surprisingly big, very well appointed and comfortable with a big wall to wall window. The only negative was a hard bed, but we slept fine and we knew to expect a hard bed from other reviews, and this seems to be a common factor in hotels in China.
We also really enjoyed the location of the hotel. We are a fit couple in early & mid 60's who enjoy walking, and we walked to the Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City areas easily, as well as to some of the shopping areas. We even walked past the Temple of Heaven to the Pearl Market from the hotel (a longer walk), but we took a taxi to return to the hotel.
Note: Not related to the Capital Hotel, but watch out for the pedi-cabs. We experienced one trying to charge us 10 times as much as he had quoted. We held our ground and paid what had been agreed initially and he left, but it might have been worrisome if we had not been in front of our hotel. We had been warned by a Beijing resident we met on our cruise not to trust the pedi-cabs unless someone arranged it for us, and we should have listened. This is why I am adding this note, which has nothing to do with the lovely Capital Hotel. That was the only negative incident in an otherwise great visit to Beijing.
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