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Orange Hotel Beijing Xizhimen
Ranked #216 of 6,528 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed October 15, 2011

The hotel overall is a bargain, i totally reccomend it because you can have everything you need with less than half of the money that other hotels or chains are asking for. I stayed for 5 nights during mid October - which by the way is the best season to visit Beijing (great weather conditions, not many tourists, better prices). Mid October, follows the 1-7 Oct week which is traditionaly the chinese's holidays and during that time everything is more difficult and usually a bit more expensive, better try to avoid). I give you the facts and you deside yourself.

The good news:
* The location is very nice in Xizhimen area, mainly chinese people not many hotels nearby. Beatiful local shops will make you feel like you're a part of the neighbourhood, you can buy fruits from the local shop, refreshings from the liquor store or just go the nearby supermarket. also nearby there's a bank - very useful. People are nice and helpful, the place is safe, you'll love it. On the other hand, if your main purpose is business, as business meetings etc are mostly taking place in the financial district which is Chaoyang district, have in mind that you need about 30' taxi - at least, sometimes 45' as the traffic in Beijing is widely known worldwide..
* The rooms are very good (though maybe just a bit smaller than average), but they have workdesk, free wifi with very good speed, they are clean,well decorated, everything looks new, the bathroom is nice, high quality linens except the mattress which is no good - see below.
* The metro is nearby, only 5 minutes walk - line 4, Xinjakou station. It costs 2 yuan (0,30euros or 0,5USD). By the way, the taxis in Beinjing are also cheap, most routes will cost you from 15Yuan (or RMB, is the same) which means 1,9euro or 2,7USD, up to 45Yuan the most which means 5,5euro or 8USD. The taxi from the airport to the hotel takes about 40 minutes to complete the route and according to the traffic it will cost you from 80-100Yuan (10euros or 13USD). Tip: ALWAYS have your destination and of course the hotel's destination to be able to return, written in Chinese clear and with big letters. Plus point the destination in the big beijing chinese map (ask the hotel's reception to give you one). Anything else is paper from the outer space for the taxi drivers.
* The staff is trying to do it's best and you'll feel very welcome. But very limited english here (see also below).
* The value for money is fantastic, a bargain, only 38euros or 50USD for a deluxe room is about the 1/4 of the price that the other hotels ask for similar services!
* A very nice and good/clean restaurant is just near the hotels door !
* The hotel offers a small parking in it's frontyard in case you need it !
* There's a fish (!) to keep you company in the room !

The not so good news:
*As in a hotel you mainly want to sleep very well and i didn't because (though the linens are high quality and the pillows nice etc) the matresses are extremely hard, this hotel should have had a lower rate! But as most of the clients are chinese businessmen and couples and in chinese culture hard matresses are a common and as all of the rest was were so good, it would be unfair.. Tip: I asked for one more quilt and i've putted it between the matress and the sheet! Much better sense, accepted, problem solved.
*The staff is trying hard to be helpful but it speaks and understand very limited english as almost ALL Beijingers! Prepare to try to communicate with people who don't even understand the "yes" or the "no". Apart from one girl who understood most of the basics, the rest of the staff understands only about 30 basic words. Tip: I translated in google from english to chinese (simplified) many phrases for the reception or for the taxi drivers and i mailed them to myself. Then i received them in my iphone as emails and i had them with me always. That SAVED me many times because it gave me the chance to communicate with the reception, the restaurants and mostly with the taxi drivers! it was very helpful to have these phrases with me, i strongly reccomend you to do something like that (for example you can print them and have a paper with you to choose the phrases you need each time)!
* The soundproof between the rooms is also very limited.

Good luck whatever you'll choose to do and have a great time in Beijing! :o)
Thank you for reading my review.

Room Tip: Buy a deluxe room, it's not expensive (38euros or 50USD) and you'll have windows for sure...
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

Orange Hotel:

Like others have mentioned, this is the Chinese version of the Ibis hotels. Very few foreigners, mostly are Chinese clienteles. It offers you all the basics: clean room, free wifi, a/c, heater, cable tv with some english channels. Location is great, in the Xizhemen area. It is about a 5 minute walk to the Line 4 Xinjiekou subway station. There are quite a few decent local Chinese restaurants in the area. The hotel does offer breakfast at 10 Yuan, however, I did not try it as there were only 2 options; Chinese rice soup or something sandwich. There is a restaurant few doors down the street to the right of the hotel that offers traditional Chinese style breakfast for about 5-10 Yuan per dish. Entrance of hotel is on the side by the parking lot. I would definitely stay here again when I visit Beijing next time.

Pros:
-Subway is nearby. When you exit the Subway Line 4 at Xinjiekou station, take exit “D”. When you’ve exited, your back will be toward the street. Turn around facing the street and walk to your left. Look for an old Orthodox church on the left side of the street as this is the indication that you’re going the right direction. Once you’re at the stoplight (there are some public exercise equipment and a newsstand) turn left and you’ll see the Orange Hotel
-Free wifi with good signals
-Train ticket office is nearby, no need to go to the Main Railway Station (at the Xinjiekou Subway Station exit “D” near the Bank of Beijing ATM)
-Lots of decent restaurants nearby including a Korean BBQ restaurant in front of the hotel

Cons:
-Staff speaks limited English; however, they are more than willing help
-No western style breakfast. If you’re looking for yogurt, cereal, and pancakes; this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank LAXCS
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

the place is really good value and looks modern, the breakfast is good enough for 10 Yuan and the subway line (4) that brings you either to tien an men square or to the summer palace is around the corner. There are staff members that speak English, though not all are fluent. Its no Ritz Carlton, but for the price you pay, its a bargain.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

I have spent there 3 nights. What is important Wi-Fi in the room, breakfast in the 'restaurant' and every day changed bed and towels. Unfortunately staff doesn't speak English, room without window and I haven't got a double bed but 2 single beds. But even so I would recommend it because of Wi-fi and cleanliness.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank pati6b
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

We've been on the road for about 6 months and still hold up the Orange as one of our best hotel experiences. Having booked a hostel that turned out to be just awful, we re-camped to the Orange. By purchasing their VIP card, we ended up saving a bit of money on the room. We liked the location, in a non-touristy part of town, and the many food options in the nearby hutongs. The staff, though non-English speaking, was super friendly and accommodating. For the same price as a private room in the hostel, it feels miles more luxurious - nice bed with soft white linens, modern furniture, and a top notch bathroom and shower. Based on our experience, we'd stay in an Orange Hotel in any city where one was available.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank yearinasia
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

The hotel was located conveniently, close to the subway and some restaurants, shops surrounded. The room was clean, good facilities. Reasonable price but just a problem was the staff hardly spoke English. Good service hotel if you can speak a little chinese.

Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
1  Thank Wang45
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

My wife and I stayed in this hotel during the summer month of July 10. The travelling time from Beijing Capital International Airport to the hotel is about 25 minutes by taxi and costs approximately RMB100. This property is situated close to Subway Line No. 4 between the two subway stations – Xizhimen Station & Xinjiekou Station. Between these two, the Xinjiekou station would be the nearer one, which is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Food wise, there are quite a number of eateries serving local delicacies at the hotel vicinity. We particularly enjoyed their local staple breakfast consisting of soya milk, dumplings and steamed buns. If you need to get basic necessities, no worries, as there are two 24-hour convenience stores nearby the hotel.

We stayed in a Deluxe Double Bed Room situated on the second floor, which is the only non-smoking level in the hotel. The room was clean and quite spacious to our expectations. It was also thoughtful of the hotel to deliver light snacks (Bread bun and milk) to our room every evening. The only two issues we had were the air-conditioning and the shower. The air-conditioner took several hours to actually cool the room, but it was forgivable, considering that it was the hot summer month and electricity usage might be at its peak, thus affecting the performance of the air conditioner. As for the water heater, we had some difficulties controlling the hot and cold water knobs and it was either too cold or too hot. It might take a couple of minutes to actually control these knobs to our right temperature. Despite these two minor issues, we were still happy with our stay at this hotel.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for value for money accommodation which is accessible to the city centre.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Jackchee11
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Address: No.11 Caochang South Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100035, China
Location: China > Beijing > Xizhimen
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Ranked #216 of 6,528 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range: $56 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 80
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) for funky nightlife. Also, it is very close to the centre of the traditional Hutong (Beijing alleys) area, tourists can take rickshaw tour going around. The sophisticated bus and subway networks give easy access to many tourist destinations and there is around 30-min drive away from the airport. ... more   less 
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