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Profit Hotel
Ranked #3,430 of 6,563 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed August 11, 2010

We decided to give this hotel a shot for the price, to be honest, in spite of the fairly mixed reviews on TripAdvisor! We booked it for 4 nights through Booking.com. We didn’t have problems in finding the hotel (Make sure you have the address and the map in Chinese to show it to the taxi driver!).
The hotel is wonderfully located in the Historical District of Beijing (Dongcheng District – where the hotel is situated - is the heart of Beijing; the cultural, political & commercial center of the city). The Hutong lake area is a 5 minute walk, the Hou-hai bars and restaurants are very near and the Forbidden City is only about 1.5 kms. So, location is perfect! However, some other things are not perfect! It feels like staying in a hostel rather than a 3 star hotel. Coffee- tea making facilities provided in the room but breakfast is very poor. You also have to pay for toiletry (shaver, shampoo, soap, etc.). As mentioned in other contributions, the shower is above the toilet. There are no curtains to separate the place from the toilet. The whole bathroom gets wet after shower. We had a problem with the toilet too (which didn’t flush properly), which was worked out quickly by the hotel staff. No hangers to hang clothes in bathroom either. Finally, we did have to specifically ask for more toilet paper!
But the hotel also has pros: The heating worked properly (we stayed in winter, a very cold one indeed!); bed size is comfortable and linens were spotlessly clean. Our room overlooked the Drum Tower (Both the Bell and Drum Towers are only 100 metres away from the hotel!) and was adjacent to a Hutong, from where a home -made food smell came! You could hear neighbours washing dishes and talking loudly (China is noisy)! That was not a problem for us, since it is a way to “catch” pieces of lifestyles of the culture! In fact, we loved the proximity to the Hutong and the courtyards, with everything that implied!
Only 1 staff member could speak English (the Manager) and she makes a real effort to communicate. She was courteous and helpful, but not very much polite indeed! I completely agree with one of the previous contributions that “If you want to get away from the big hotel chains and into a neighbourhood where generations of families have lived, this is the place”. I would be on a return visit to the hotel, given the opportunity!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 8, 2010

We booked a week's stay at the Beijing "Perfect" Inn because it had awesome rates, and decent tripadvisor reviews. We didn't need a big fancy schmancy place with kiss a** service. Our main concern was clean and no bedbugs at a decent rate, and Beijing "Perfect" Inn seemed to be just that.

Check-in and check-out was painful since English wasn't their forte and Mandarin isn't mine. Then, there was the 3 flights up stairs (NO ELEVATOR) with our luggage. After a sweaty climb with all our bags, we ended up in a small (expected, so not a big deal) room filled with the smell of recently sprayed air freshner.

As we started unpacking and the air freshner wore off, we smelled some unpleasant odor. After some quick unpacking, we headed out for a quick late night snack. As we were walking down the street, we passed a manhole and got a whiff of the same unpleasant odor from our room. We noticed this everytime we passed a manhole . . .

When we returned to our room, we confirmed that the same unpleasant odor in our room matched the smell around manholes. Sewer smell! We immediately booked elsewhere . . .

Maybe I have a sensitive nose, but smell at your own risk is my warning!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2009

This hotel is a ok hotel but not comparable to other three stars hotels. It felt like staying at a hostel. The breakfast is very minimal and felt very cheap. We didn't like bathroom door, you could actually see shadow of the person inside using the washroom. The shower doesn't have a door and things could easily get wet. You actually have to hang a sign on your door indicating that you want room clean every day or you have to request at front desk. We found this out later on. You have to pay for toiletry (shaver, shampoo, soap, etc.) if you want to use theirs. I did like LCD TV and laminate floor but the wallpaper look old and needs to be replaced. This hotel was really hard to find. Make sure you have directions in Chinese and indicate to taxi driver that it's close to Drum Tower.

We did like the location of the hotel. It's within walking distance to Drum Tower and Hutong district and bar district (Huohai). The hotel was fairly cheap and close to bus station.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2009

  • Stayed: October 2009
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Reviewed August 13, 2009

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Reviewed August 12, 2009

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Address: No.281 Gulou East Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China (Formerly Nostalgia Hotel Beijing Nanluogu Alley)
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Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #3,430 of 6,563 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range: $50 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Profit Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new design three star boutique hotel (opening 2nd April 2008) located at Beijing Gulou Dong Dajie and just three minutes from the Drum Tower. ... more   less 
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