I joined a 5-day Beijing tour and was arranged to stay in this hotel in Beijing.
Loong Palace is location in Changping area, the "fifth ring" of Beijing, which is remote from the city centre. However, it is near a highway to the Great Wall. It is convenient if you are planning to visit the Great Wall (the Juyongguan pass) and the Ming Tombs (Thirteen Tombs of Ming Dynasty). If you can avoid the rush hour (8am-10am & 4pm-8pm), it takes only 45 mins to travel to the City centre.
As my transportation is arranged by the tour guide, I am very happy with the location. If you are planning to stay their by yourself, transportation may be a bit difficult. As I remember, I couldn't find any bus stop or public transport nearby. Moreover, public transport in Beijing is not as convenient as it is in Hong Kong.
What's good staying in a hotel located in remote area is that it is spacious! My room on the 3/F of Block 4 is around 500 sp. ft (as the tour guide told me). It is almost the size of a flat in Hong Kong! For a person who have been staying in a busy city filled with skyscapers, the low rise buildings and the view are very relaxing. However, I was a bit disappointed that my request of a double bed was unable to be arranged, neither my accompany can. But I was happy with the large room.
The room I stayed is nicely furnished with simple decor and warm colours. From my room I can see another block on the right. It wasn't too close. There is a garden/open area in between. On the left, there is low-rise house and lots of trees. The view is very pleasant with the clear blue sky. In the opposite room, where my accompany stayed, you can see an indoor swimming poor and trees.
It was odd to find a "classic" TV nowadays but you can find one in the room! Luckily it worked well. It provides various local and overseas channels, including HBO. There was nothing in the fridge as I stayed there in mid-November (average temp. -3 ~ 8C). But you can always call for room service. In the bathroom, there are both a glass shower and a full body-length bathtub. It is neat and clean. I enjoyed hot water bath very much during my stay.
Central heating was on in my stay so there was no air-con. It has to be 26C indoor according to regulations. The switch was adjusted to 22C and I couldn't adjust the temperature at all. It was so stuffy in the room that I couldn’t sleep at first (maybe because of my hot water bath). Fortunately, I opened the tiny square window on the bottom right-hand corner to let some fresh cool breeze in so that I can sleep well.
Buffet breakfast was included. We had our buffet breakfast in Palm Terrace (1/F). The glass roof at the centre provides natural sunlight. It was quite crowded when I went there for breakfast at 7:20am. I had to eat in a function room on Day 3 and 4 as more people checked in.
Personally, I prefer western style breakfast. There wasn't many choice of food. There were fried noodle, fried rice, a few types of bread, eggs, sausages or ham, congee, fried vegetables, some salad, juice, etc. The food was rather oily. It didn't change or vary much in the four mornings. It would be better if they can provide more western dishes.
As I came here with a tour package, my meals and activities were all arranged by the travel agency. I didn’t spend time enjoy the hotel facilities nor dine in other hotel restaurants. I spent most of my time in the hotel on my bed, in the bathtub and having breakfast in Palm Terrace. But as I walked around the hotel, it seems that the shops closed early at around 9pm. The massage is more expensive than elsewhere.
In short, it was a comfortable stay to me as I like the spacious room and the bathtub. The environment is quiet and spacious. No worries on their cleaniness. If transportation is not a problem to you, it is recommanded to stay in Loong Palace Beijing.
1. There's no G/F in most building in China. Thus, 1/F = G/F and so on.
2. Loong Palace was rated a 5-star hotel in China, but not the same as internationally recognised 5-star.
3. I didn't know the exact price for the room I stayed as it was already included in my tour package. I just know it is the basic room.
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