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“Surprisingly Elegant” 4 of 5 stars
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Jianguo Hotel Qianmen Beijing
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.175 Yong'an Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China (Chongwenmen)   |  
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Ranked #213 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
Calgary, Canada
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Elegant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The hotel was built in 1956 and was updated 6 years ago, the room we got had high ceilings and crown mouldings. I don’t understand what other reviewers called outdated, as our room was very comfortable and upscale though the bed was harder then we like. Free wi-fi and also had a wired connection in the room, flat screen TV but limited English programming (CNN). A small fridge and room safe was a nice touch. It’s also equipped with 2 pairs of slippers and 2 robes, bath scale, emergency flashlight, hair dryer, umbrella, kettle but no coffee or tea. Bring an expired card (Coffee, Subway) to insert into a slot near the door to keep the power on in the room while out. Don’t forget the power converter and adapter!
The included breakfast is from 6:30 to 9:30 and has perfectly cooked bacon, potatoes, hard boiled and fried eggs, cooked and raw vegetables, fried rice or noodles, 2 types of sausages, toast station, cereal, fresh fruit and juices, the mandarin orange segments are not canned and you can really taste it, get it early as it exhausts quickly. If travelling with larger groups, the seating is communal, just sit where there is a vacancy so some planning may be required as earlier would be better.
This hotel has good bones and has been updated to 4* Canadian standards, our bookings changed a few times so we reviewed both locations and this one was better by far overall. This location was one of the original first hotels in Beijing and is still highly regarded as the place to stay both for location and prestige.
There are shops across the street for liquor, smokes, and a corner store for pop and water. There’s a great restaurant 2 blocks from the hotel, go left 2 blocks and right for ½ block called Little Snowflake, very tasty and recommended by our tour guide. We went there 2 nights and it was handy as the menu had photos and some English. The other restaurant we went to was directly across the street and was adequate, we got surprised as several of the selected dishes were cold plates. Please Google tipping practises (none, with very few exceptions) prior as I tested it at this restaurant and it was returned to me before exiting.
We did the standard Beijing bucket list excursions and the Great Wall has a tram (80 Yuan-$12 CDN) to bypass the steepest lower parts, this wasn’t available when I was here 30 years ago and was a pleasant surprise as I had a sore knee prior to the trip. Mind you it’s still very strenuous and the terrain is broken and uneven before you get to the Wall, they have installed handrails on the steeper parts of the Wall and the rise of the steps are irregular, where solid footwear for certain.
Overall this is a fabulous hotel and the room we had was more than expected, would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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10 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

September 2012 - a very pleasant stay - provides all the conveniences one would expect from a three/four star hotel. Within easy distance of Tienanmen Square and Forbidden City.English speaking staff a big bonus.Very helpful people.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights on our tour. Rooms were a good size, clean with all amenities but the beds were rock hard! Traffic in Beijing is a nightmare so taxis don't like short fares! Taxi to Silk market was 25 from hotel but had to haggle for 80 coming back.breakfast had a good selection but each morning they put everything in a different place! Also if you got up from the table to fetch something your plates were taken by the waiters so you had to start again! This seemed to be the same in all the hotels we stayed in.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

good location, close to a few clothes shops, restaurants, supermarket and lovely fresh fruit shop. Rooms clean but the beds were hard as nails...not so bad to sleep on tho. Walls were paper thin so can easily hear the people socialising in other rooms. breakfast was great, such a good selection of food. tried out the massage services, great price and instant availability. good to have free wifi in the rooms. our group took the challenge to navigate our way by bus and subway to the markets which worked well. I would definitely visit this hotel again for a revisit to beijing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

we booked this hotel because it is easy to metro, close to some restaurants hutong nearby.
we were not dissapointed. originally to stay 4 or 5 nights but as we could not get any form of transport out of Beijing to Harbin where our son is teaching english we had to stay a total of 2 weeks. It was good, staff good. In house restaurant overpriced. in house travel agent very good.
the rooms were oriental and very good. we blew our budget a bit but really enjoyed our stay. A nice walk or cheap cab to metro then for pennies anywhere in the city every 5 minutes. mid winter! no problems the hotel was warm

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here because my regular hotel raised price. for one night this was ok. my suit case got lost on its way to my room so i had to go looking for it. location was convenient for others wanted to go to the silk market. breakfast nothing special.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Houghton, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

I stayed here with my family. They gave us a room with two twin beds, and nowhere for our daughter to sleep, so we had to upgrade to a bigger, more expensive room. Hotel is noisy and dirty, with lots of cigarette smoke, even on the nonsmoking floors. Could barely see out the windows, they were so dirty, People roam the halls at night shouting. We could hear the people in the next room having sex. Surly staff at front desk, although bellboys and other staff were OK. Mediocre food at breakfast buffet, terrible coffee. I would never stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.175 Yong'an Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Chongwenmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #213 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
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Hotel Class:4 star — Jianguo Hotel Qianmen Beijing 4*
Number of rooms: 393
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