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Orange Hotel (Beijing Guanyuanqiao)
Ranked #914 of 6,531 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed October 3, 2010

Located on Cuihua St. off Ping'anli W. St, it has easy access to Lines 2 (Chegongzhuang station) and 4 (Ping'anli station) of the Beijing subway system - a great way to get around the city of Beijing and its many tourist sites. Buses on Ping'anli St. (107, 118 and 701) heading east will take you to Houhai (Beihai Beimen stop) where there are restaurants and bars along the lake-front, and Beihai park as well as Prince Gong Mansion (Gongwangfu) for 0.40 RMB. Getting off at Ping'an Yiyuen (Ping'an hospital) on your return trip.

Hotel is no frills but nice and comfortable. The hotel staff is very friendly. Rooms are small by American standards. Free breakfast (included in price) is made up of either fresh peaches, prepacked chocolate croissant or equivalent) and UHT pack of milk. Bring your own instant coffee. Rooms have electric kettles for boiling water. Tip: there is a local market at the end of Cuihua street where you can buy fresh fruits. Go in the morinings.

Free Internet is a big plus especially if you have to check up on how to get to your next destination and book shows. Tip: electronic ticketing is not well developed in Beijing (at the time of this writing) but some shows will deliver tickets to your hotel but payment will have to be in cash.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

We stayed here for a week in August 2010. I agree with the previous reviewer. This is a trendy, budget hotel that offers some nice perks:

-Trendy orange, decorative theme throughout hotel.
-Free snacks everyday were appreciated. Free peaches, (synthetic) boxed milk, and packaged snacks were left in our room everyday for the both of us.
-Our room companion, a fighting fish, was a nice touch - especially for an aquarium enthusiast like myself.
-While the hotel is a little out of the way of major tourist sites, it is conveniently located between two subway stops, which take you to major sits. Yes, it's about a 10 minute walk to either subway station.

Negative points:
-Surly staff: Yes, the front desk staff was surly. They were young, inexperienced staff that were not customer-service oriented, with the exception of one gentlement (who was new to the hotel, and a student). I find it interesting that staff was surly for the previous reviewer, who spoke Chinese. I had assumed that the language barrier played a part. The one nice gentlement actually escorted us to a massage place across the street so we knew where to go for a massage (for those interested, it's located just south of the hotel, and looks like a hair salon from the outside).

-Fruit flies: Peaches left in rooms everyday = fruit fly problem.

-Bikes: One of the first things you'll notice upon entering the hotel property is the row of hotel bikes, which guests can use for free (with a deposit). I looked forward to using them to bike the local hutong. But for some reason the bikes weren't available, even though I could see at least 4 unused bikes. I think their reason was that they did not have enough bike locks. So it would seem that they may only have 1 or 2 bikes available with locks. So we walked the hutongs instead!

Tip: Take advantage of the local shopping around the hotel and beyond. Some of the best shopping is actually in areas like this, and not necessarity the Pearl or Silk markets. Many (but not all) of the local shops are more transparent about the prices, and have fixed flat rate prices, sometimes with price tags. So you don't have to worry as much about price-haggling, and being ripped off. In other words, they're priced to sell for locals. And yes, you can still find your designer clothing in these shops at a prices you don't need to haggle. However, if there is not a price tag on it, prepare to be quoted a "let's hose the tourist" price. There are a couple of nice clothing shops along Ping'anli st. during your walk to either subway station and local convenience stores with ultra cheap beer. However, the best local shopping was along Xinjiekou st., heading south toward the tourist areas. We also found our favourite local restaurant in that area, which had Peking duck for about $6 Canadian.

Tip 2: This hotel is pretty close to Beijing North Railway (one subway stop away, or about a 20+ minute walk). You can take the commuter train from this station to the Great Wall, and it's ultra cheap to sit in first class.

Warning: The location of this hotel on Tripadvisor's map is wrong. The hotel is located just south of Ping'anli st. on Cuihua st., and NOT north of Ping'anli on YuYou Hutong. This sucked for anyone like me who walked with heavy luggage from the subway station!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

-The room
We stayed in a Sun Room, which was below the ground floor. There was a window, however only a little bit of sunlight came through from above (see the photo). It was nice to have some sunlight and I didn’t really care about not having a view. It’s a small room (but much bigger than a Tune hotel!) and there's still a bit of space to move. There’s two opaque skinny windows in the wall between the bathroom and the bedroom, but you can’t see through into the bathroom at all. The room was clean, modern and nicely fitted out. Paint was starting to peel in a few little places, but not badly and much of Beijing seems the same way. The door to the bathroom didn’t shut tightly, but that wasn’t a problem. The shower had great pressure and temperature control, and was spacious. There were two power points (more would’ve been nice for charging things). There was a kettle with green tea bags, but no fridge. The beds were a little hard, but that’s normal in China. No facial tissues provided. Air conditioning was great.

-Service
The people at the reception desk were a little surly. We spoke in Chinese, so I don’t know how good their English was. They weren’t too helpful when it came to advice, however they weren’t rude.

-Location
It’s located between two subway stations, Chegongzhuang to the east and Pinganli to the west. It’s about a 10 minute walk to either station, which was easy for me, but a bit tiring for my mum after a long day. Chegongzhuang is probably an easier walk as there’s no major roads and you don’t have to wait for traffic lights. Pinganli is a newer nicer station though. There is a convenience store on the walk to Chegongzhuang. There’s a tea house nearby, and a restaurant on the way to Pinganli.

-Cool things
The room contained a little goldfish and a rubiks cube. I think you get a free coffee from the front if you complete the cube. There’s also free wireless internet, which was fine for browsing, but a bit patchy for Skype.

-Food
Every night, they left us a sweet bun and a peach.

-Problems
We only had one problem, where we were only given one bun and one peach, despite two of us staying. We were told at the desk that we had been booked into the system as only one person. They gave us an extra bun and some peaches for the next day, however we continued to only receive one serve for the remaining 3 days.

-Overall impression
It’s a great place if you’re looking to stay at a fairly new, trendy looking hotel, that has a moderately small room, wireless internet for a pretty decent price. The location is okay but it still took 30+ minutes to get to the main tourist sites.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

I stayed at the Guanyuan branch, Orange Hotel from the 1st to 10th March and I had to rank it as one of my best stays ever. Rooms are modern fitted and decorated. Price is a superb US$29 per night for a double room. As with the other reviews, there is really a goldfish in a little fishbowl to keep you company. Even a rubikcube was there with a challenge that should you get the sides right, the hotel will buy you coffee.

Coming out of winter and into spring, some nights drop to minus 11 deg, so a good hot shower was a must. I was expecting a tricky shower knob control but it was all good. Good strong heater in the room, very well cleaned daily. No hot breakfast but there’s not an issue as there’s loads of good cheap street food everywhere in Beijing. Staff also makes the rounds in late afternoon distributing a packet of light snack and milk for your next morning brekkie. Internet was free, good and fast. Other than the usual official blocking of some sites, like Youtube, Facebook (for crying out loud… banning facebook??!) most connections are ok. For better connection, there’s an Ethernet cable plug by the dressing/working table.

As for the location, it is right smack in between two MRT stations, Che Kong Zhuang station (line 2, which circles around Beijing, takes you to nearly all the downtown sights) and Ping An Li station (line 4, traversing north south. Go north it takes you to the Summer Palace). It is a bit of a walk (about 10min) to the stations but that was fine with me as I like walking in winter. The hotel is off the main road so it's nice and quiet.

Note: The location maps shown on their website and also on Tripadvisor are wrong. (http://english.orangehotel.com.cn/). The hotel is NOT on the north side of Yuyou Hutong (joining with S. Grass Factory Street), but on the other southern side, closer to Cui Hua Jie. Goodness, the airport cabbie didn’t get lost cos I brought the telephone number of the hotel with me, and he called to get proper directions.

The best bit of Orange Hotel, are the staff. From the reception, to the chambermaids, to the bellhop, they were all super helpful, smiley and ever mindful. Oh yes, special kudos to Zona and Vicky. Those two were really very helpful during my stay. I don’t know about the other Oranges, but I don’t think I’ll be too far off to say it’s their hotel culture of branding a very friendly, young and hip atmosphere. If so, good job then.

I thought it was gonna be a darn thing cos my room was in the basement with no window. But it was alright. It took me a nite or two to get used to it. Better too, cos it was thick of winter/spring, windows might have made the room cold. Another good thing about it is you're guaranteed a good night sleep cos it's doubly quiet. Note that mobile fone reception is crappy in the basement rooms.

Whether I’ll come back here again? By my 3rd night stay, I’ve already made up my mind.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 15, 2008

Stayed there for three days on a business trip and overall good experience. Booked via ctrip - have to pay in cash and requires deposit on check in - they didnt take int'l credit cards. Clean rooms, decent sheets and big bed versus other "budget" hotels Ive stayed at in china and free broadband. Had western movies on one channel on the TV but no int'l cable channels. Was recently remodeled. Rooms are small so not for the claustrophobic. Also good if you are on the west side of town but its a hike from the east side. Overall recommend if you dont need the bells and whistles of a five star hotel

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 28, 2016
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Room Tip: 無線網絡很慢,服務不專業
  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled on business
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Address: No.22 Yuyou Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing 100020, China
Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Hotel Style:
#480 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range: $56 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Orange Hotel (Beijing Guanyuanqiao) 2*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in cultural area and the heart of Beijing, the Hotel is surrounded by many historical attractions. Guests can easily visit the hip Hou Hai Lake (the Back Lake) and take rickshaw tour going around the traditional Hutong (Beijing alleys) area. The sophisticated bus and subway networks give easy access to many tourist destinations and there is around 50-min drive away from the airport. ... more   less 
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