This hotel offers a great location right next to the Beijing Railway Station overlooking the Old City Wall Park. There is a laundry nearby (across from the City Wall Park), fast food near the Beijing Railway Station, and shopping. It is also within walking distance of Wangfujiang, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market, and the subway station.
The hotel staff is excellent and willing to help with almost anything you may need. Currency exchange is available in the lobby and the rates are as good or better than the airport. Be careful: if your bills are marked, torn or defaced, they will not take them.
Internet service is slow and expensive. I paid $100 RMB per day ($14.75 USD) which is outrageous, but if you have to have a connection, it is available. Room service is good but expect to pay. In fact, the delivery boy asked me to tip him in US dollars. Seems like the Beijing Olympics created a sense of entitlement in Chinese workers that can be very offensive since they do not connect tips with service. Tipping is NOT customary in China, so skip it ---- saving those who come after you the pain of this archaic practice.
Taxi drivers are summoned by the doorman who will be happy to tell the drive your destination. Ask the concierge what you should expect to pay for the ride so that you don't wind up taking the scenic route. Keep your receipt and if you are overcharged, have the concierge call the company to get you a refund of the overcharge.
I didn't eat in the restaurants, so can't comment on them.
The rooms are clean, well kept, and spacious. The bathrooms are clean and spacious, stocked well with water (DON'T drink the tap!!), shampoo, lotion, etc. There is also a scale, iron, and safe available. The IPOD charger/dock is a nice touch and I used it regularly. There are plenty of pillows and blankets and the desk area is sufficient to work.
This is the ONLY place I stay while in Beijing and I return frequently.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning landmark Beijing hotel is adjacent to the remaining ancient Ming Dynasty City Wall, a five-minute drive to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Silk Market, and a 5-minute walk to Jianguomen Subway Station. Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall is home to 348 elegantly decorated rooms and suites featuring Marriott's trademark "Revive" bedding and connectivity to plug and play iPods and other personal devices. The meeting space comprises of 2,300 square meters, including a pillar-less ballroom that is interchangeable to suit your needs. Wireless high-speed Internet is accessible in all public areas and meeting rooms. Aside from the preferable accommodation and meeting facilities, we offer a distinctive selection of restaurants and bars. Our various facilities and services include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a half-Olympic-size indoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour room service, Gold Key Concierge service and a stay to remember. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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