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News Plaza Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.26 Jianguomennei Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)   |  
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“Location both good and bad, no window room.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

This hotel is at the intersection of subway line 1 and line 5, Dandong station. The location is near several local banks. However, I found out that I cannot use my ATM card at these local banks, must be a national bank, such as Bank of China, or China Construction Bank. There is no national banks near this hotel. Although convenient for travelers because of the proximately to two subway lines, the surrounding is completely dead at night. I've been to many Chinese cities and stay in many hotels. This is the only one hotel that I can remember that has no restaurants, snack stands, convenient stores, or any eateries... nearby. Also, one of the subway lines ( I don't remember which) has a lot of steps ( 100 steps, I counted) to get to the ground level and both do not have escalators. Therefore, if you come here from the airport, do not attempt to take the subway, take a taxi. You can take the airport train to Donzhimen subway station (where the train terminates) and then take a taxi to this hotel. However, there is no escalator at Donzhimen; you have to struggle with the luggage.The room that we stayed in have no windows. Where the window should be is a wall behind a curtain. I've never been to a hotel with rooms that have no windows. But then, this is China, you have to expect the unexpected! The wall at the hallway that leads to the bathroom has a frosted glass; you can see the silhouette of the person sitting on the potty! Why did they have to put a glass there?! Otherwise, the room is spacious and comfortable. TV has English channels.

Room Tip: A room with window cost more. A basic room has no window.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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169 reviews 169 reviews
77 hotel reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

This was a good place to stay, and I would stay again. The location was good (although traffic in this central area was a real pain, there is a subway station right next to the hotel).

Other strong points:

-- Large, comfortable room.
-- Staff that was helpful and cooperative. (Obviously, English is not their first language, but they were well trained to understand basic requests and to comply in a friendly way.)
-- Good, smoothly working (for China) internet.
-- Pretty good breakfast buffet, with a wide choice of foods.
-- Reasonable price.

Main weak point: lighting. The bedside lighting was insufficient for reading (a 25 w incandescent lamp -- which could be dimmed further if you wanted!). And in the bathroom, the lights for shaving, or applying makeup, were too dim. Guess this place should be considered as BYOB -- bring your own bulb!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

This is one of the more upscale state-owned enterprise hotels. Usually used for news conferences. As others have said, it is within walking distance of Wanfungjing and in the center of town. Close to Forbidden City too (maybe two subway stops?). Huge mall diagonally accross the street for food/shopping.

As this is a Chinese hotel, beds tend to be shorter and ceilings a little bit lower than usual. Otherwise, clean and stately.

Not much night life nearby. Wangfujing closes down around 11 and the government has been cutting down on nightlife in general for vice reasons.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

The location is more than perfect : just next to Dongdan metro station, walking distance to Wanfujing Street, very safe surrounding area (financial avenue), lots of restaurants in the near malls. I booked for the « No window Economic Room ». The room is still a five star hotel room, even with the label « economic ». As planned, there was no window but they made the effort to create a fake day-light with curtains to make you feel that there is a window. The room and the bathroom are big. In the bathroom, bath and shower are separated. Only (very little) negative point : the shower head is fixed. Also we booked for a double bed room and had a twin beds room. We accepted it because each bed is big enough to welcome two sleepers and with the cheap price of the economic room, there is no complain to make. Recommended…

About Beijing : Beijing and Hong Kong are definitely the most civilized and safest cities of China. In Beijing, there are tons of tourist points that will blow up your eyes and the shopping possibilities are numerous and various. Plan minimum one full week there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2008

I stayed here in September 07 and was delighted with the choice.
It was still being renovated at this time but it didn't really affect us at all. Front desk were helpful and spoke english and were always on hand to write out locations on cards to give to the taxi drivers (this is v.important as taxi drivers generally won't be able to read the western alphabet on maps....why would they!?).
The room was spacious, as was the bathroom and there was plenty of closet space. This came in particularly handy after a couple of visits to the silk markets!
The bar was opened a few days after we arrived and it was decent enough. I can't comment on the restaurant or breakfast as we didn't try it while we were there.
The subway stop is right outside the hotel which is great, especially when the main shopping street is 2 stops away and Tiananmen/Forbidden City a further stop on. I found the taxis great once you got over the language barrier. They were cheap, friendly and didn't try to rip you off.
The one negative comment I'd have about the hotel is the gym and pool area. The "gym" consisted of one multipurpose machine. I couldn't even be bothered! The pool was fine but the changing areas were filthy. I only went down there once over ten days because of this.
Overall a really good hotel for the money we paid but the gym could do with a bit of work.

  • Liked — Location, public transport, spacious & comfortable room
  • Disliked — Gym & pool
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2006

I was in Beijing for business and left the arrangements to my hosts in China. They booked me into the Beijing News Plaza and I was very pleased. My room was on the 15th floor and faced the front. A large comfortable bed, nice wood work and a great view through the arched window. High speed internet (included) via ethernet cable didn't work the first night, but it was fixed in the morning and worked great the rest of my stay. The bathroom was spacious and beautifully appointed with marble, a large soaking tub and separate glassed in shower. It took me a little while to understand the thermostat, but the heat was great and worked well whenever my roomkey was installed in the socket on the wall inside the door, which also controlled the lights' master circuit. One amusing detail was that the pulsating shower head in the shower had been immobilized, presumably by a chinese workman who installed it and assumed that the loose adjusting ring was not supposed to move, so had tightened it until it was locked into pulse mode.

Location is only about 10 blocks from Tianemen Square and the Forbidden City. The large and very western style Oriental Mall is two blocks away with many stores and excellent restaurants to chose from.

Staff spoke english reasonably well and they were anxious to be helpful with advice and extra efforts. The western style cafe on 23rd floor was reasonable but I opted for a room rate without breakfast included, so I only used it occassionally and never for the breakfast buffet. The coffee shop is on the first floor and the lobby bar is on two (top of the escalator) despite the fact that english language signage indicates the reverse.

The minibar was missing, but there were a small assortment of western liquors in minibottles arrayed on the shelf over where a mini fridge should be installed. Large Phillips TV with many cable stations, including at least 4 in english. Clean, and very classy would be my conclusions. An absolute bargain for a 4 or 5 star facility. I only paid about US$120 per night in RMB via Amex.

By the way...the sundries store on the ground floor was a bargain for real size liquor, bottled water, etc. The Sichuan style restaurant on the ground floor was excellent and a bargain.

  • Stayed February 2006, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.26 Jianguomennei Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #981 of 5,463 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — News Plaza Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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