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Tang Yue Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.52-54 Donghuamen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)   |  
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Ranked #1,363 of 5,423 Hotels in Beijing
3.5 of 5 stars 85 Reviews
Williamsburg, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Totally fine hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I had booked this place before noticing a lot of the bad reviews and was a bit worried. Especially when my taxi driver had no idea where the place was and even called with the number provided which apparently didn't work.

Thanks to some of the photos posted, I was able to recognize it and checked in. It's certainly quirky, but not at all horrible like other guests have posted. My room was clean, the a/c worked, the bathroom was actually really cool with bright red tile and a neat bathtub. Again, everything was clean.

I thought that for the price and considering it's proximity to some of the major Beijing tourist attractions, shopping, and restaurants, it was beyond adequate. I mean, if you pay 40 USD or 35 Euro for a hotel in other parts of the world, what are you expecting?

Staff speak limited English, but enough to us to understand each other, and with many of the signs in Chinese, it's evident to me that they are not catering to foreigners. If you are looking for that experience, this is probably not the place for you.

I did sense that someone must have been smoking in a room next time to mine one of the nights I stayed there and you could certainly hear some noises, but it wasn't a late night crowd and it wasn't horrible either.

I thought that the décor was super interesting and I felt safe there and with the location. The size of the room was also more than adequate and had lots of neat areas to put to your luggage out of the way. Plasma screen tv, electric tea kettle with tea, and free wifi rounded out the place. Again, if you are looking for something that caterers Western tourists, this is likely not the place for you, but not because the rooms aren't okay. They are. I stayed in room 107, fyi, which is on the main floor when you walk in.

The lobby also arranges tours and can sell you cameras.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Though we all paid the same for our rooms we had 3 completely different sized rooms. Rooms stank of smoke, shower had mould, wallpaper was peeling, exposed pipes in the walls. Staff could not speak or understand basic English which made it very difficult & cumbersome to pay. No Internet available while we were there!! Felt very unsafe as a woman.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

My husband and I stayed there for 4 nights on our trip to Beijing. Worst four nights of our entire trip. Our hotel room was decent siyed, but very dirty. The first day we got there I took a shower and noticed a used toothpick in the shower room. The water from the shower also went throught the wall separating the toilet and shower, so every time someone took a shower the toilet floor got wet as well. The floors are some sort of cardboard faux-wood finish panels, and they also got wet and didn't dry properly during the entire time we were there. Our room has a glass panel window so there was sunlight coming through early in the morning (the hotel has a curtain, but it's very flimsy and doesn't help much). The absolute WORST thing though was the incompetence of the reception ladies. They INSISTED that we would have NO problem getting a taxi outside the hotel to take us to the train station (we also learned that they told several people they could arrange a taxi to come get them). Lo and behold, the day of our departure it was impossible to get a taxi! I asked the lady that spoke English (only one of them does), to call a cab for us and she said that was not possible since she didn't have a phone number for them. It took us 20 more minutes of trying to hail a cab until we asked them to hail one for us. They (very) reluctantly helped us and gave up after 5 minutes. When I informed them that we didn't arrange for other transportation since she ASSURED us a taxi was easy to get she suggested we go by metro or bus (yeah right, with 5 suitcases). HORRIBLE, horrible service. Disgusting bathrooms, paper thin walls (lots of shouting at night by the staff), and VERY mean recpetionists. DO NOT STAY HERE. It really put a damper on our otherwise excellent Beijing trip.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Was a bit worried about this hotel after reading some of the reviews.
It's a bit tired and small but it's clean and so close to everything.
It's a short walk to Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, Metro stations and a bunch of great food.
Really couldn't beat it for the price for it's location.
The staff were able to book us a car for the day to go to the wall at a reasonable price and the driver was very good.
Free wifi is also useful when trying to plan the day's activities.

Room Tip: Upstairs seems a little better.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Think about this, you've been travelling for about 18 hours, you are tired , smelly hungry and you just want to get to your hotel and you get there "easily" ( after hours of trying to get a cab and getting it to understand where are you going, cause no taxi driver speaks english).
You are at the front desk and nobody speaks english, after hours of sign language you finally get your hotel room and notice :
1 an awful smell of cigarrette , sweat , dirt and other disgusting things.
2 the walls are falling apart covered with mold.
3 The bathroom has falling ties, mold in every corner stains in the bath tub and the wc seat.
4 the bed could well be missing because it is as hard as stone.
5 the air conditioner and vent did not work.
6 and try to get outof there , if you can.
When you try to get a cab, front desk wont help you, instead they will try to make you hire the local driver who will gladly take you every where for thrice the price.

In Beijing local people dont speak english not even those in the tourist industry so getting around is extremely difficult and frustrating.By all means hire a guide to help you out and avoid this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

Had booked this property online before visiting China. The trip advisors and people I spoke to assured that a 3-star property in China is equivalent to a 4-star or 5-star property in India...IT'S NOT (if this place was an indicator). The rooms are vey tiny, wall paints keep falling and tiles in the room and bathroom are broken. And for some reason they have weird paintings on the wall as decor- hearts, lips etc...you get a surreal and kinda weird feeling. The bathroom's stinky and there's an overall mouldy smell in the room and linen and when you call the staff asking if they can do anything about it--they apparently don't find anything wronmg with the smell.

Felt the staff was friendly and helpful---but there's nothing much they can help you with as language is a huge constraint, there's one person in the travel desk who undersatnds a few words of English...most of the conversation needs to be done using the online English-Mandarin translator in the hotel!

You do not have a tea/coffee maker in the hotel..and there's no provision of getting naything to eat in the hotel. This is quite a pain...when you have to step into the cold and go someplace for a cup of coffee!

The lock in my friend's room wasn't working..when it was noticed and pointed out --one of the guys who I guess stayed there too said..it's okay..he's just sitting outside browsing the Net and he'll ensure no one enters the room or takes the luggage! Thankfully, he could place the luggage in my room...where the lock worked!

The only advantage of the place is it's location...it has some eateries and shops in walking distance. Even the forbidden city is a walkable distance (10 mins), ICB bank is jst 2 mins away...stay there only if you don't have other options and plan to travel and be out most of the time.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms in the basement- it has a perpetually moldy and damp smell.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Perth
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

I only stayed here for one night and for one night it's bearable but I wouldn't want to stay here a week. The rooms are tiny for a start and the bed is hard. The bathroom is dirty and they are stingy with the toilet paper. The walls are quite thin and you can pretty much hear the next room not to mention people in the hall way. The place looks funky and cool but it's really cheap and nasty. I would never want to stay at this place again and would rather pay extra to stay somewhere more comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.52-54 Donghuamen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1,363 of 5,423 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Tang Yue Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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