On our first visit to Beijing was to The Harmony hotel. This hotel is definitley well situated. It is close the Wangfuying area and very close to subway line 1. Which is the subway line which takes you to most of the attractions such as Tianamen Square, Forbiden City. It is about two stops to the Silk Market situated in Yonganli subway stop.
My first impression of the hotel was ok. It is a three star hotel and on our first visit to it we were three and they had rooms to accommodate us. I must say that on that first visit the bed were fine. The reason I say this because on a subsequent visit to this hotel we were given the toughest beds I have ever slept in. Not that I am picky when I travel. As my way of thinking for the most part, I am interested in the culture, sightseeing, shopping etc. which means that I am not very much at the hotel. Having said that, on our subsequent visit to this hotel we felt that we got a bad deal with the accommodations.
For the most part the ladies at the counter have basic English but I must say that they need a bit of customer service training. Not because they are rude or anything of the like, but if you ask them directions for something they are not really able to assist you. We were lucky that I do extensive research before we travel, and so I even find written directions in Chinese in order for us to show whomever we meet if we need to.
Other than that we felt that the hotel is very well situated. Around the corner you find small restaurants with fairly low prices. Close is also the Bejing Train station. I must add that it is constantly busy even at night.
Around the Harmony is very safe, we did a few walks at night and it was very pleasant. Oh, I may add both times we went to this hotel it was winter, so it was extremely cold. It is ok as long as you cover up really well. The weather in winter is a dry cold and you can feel it in your bones. But it is pleasant in that everyday we were there the sun was out, simply it was cold.
For us having travelled several times to Beijing we like the winter time as it is almost low season and all attractions are not as crowded as during summer. We did that to!....
Since there is no selection of when we travelled there we were there winter 2008, winter 2009, spring 2010 and summer 2011.
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