Hotel: The lobby is large but sparse in regards to seating. There is a reception desk, exchange desk, concierge and tour desk. There is a small store near the lobby. The staff was okay. Many of there were not use to seeing Americans and we were starred at often. However whenever we asked a question, those who could speak English were helpful.
Room: The standard room is small but it serves its purpose. We stayed in the B building. The shower was great. The beds are extremely firm. The restaurants are very expensive. We ordered from room service and paid $136 yuan for 2 meals. The restaurants are about 198 yuan for one meal. The Wi-Fi was good. Bathroom amenities include a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and male birth control (was shocked by this one).
Location: The hotel is right by the Chongwenmen subway station. Make sure to use Exit A - North-West to arrive at the lobby. We took the Airport Express train from Terminal 2 to the hotel and changed trains at line 2. The entire journey was approximately 55 minutes. The cost was 25 yuan from the airport and 2 yuan to get on line 2.
There are several shopping malls within walking distance on the other side of the street. To access the malls, go under the subway entrance across from the bakery that is attached to the hotel then walk to the other exit. When you come up, cross the street and all of the shopping malls, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and 24-hour Burger King is located in this area. It looks like Las Vegas at night with the big screen TVs.
You can use the subway to see all of the major sites. I would recommend taking a tour or renting a driver for the day for the Great Wall although its possible by public transportation as well.
I would return to this hotel due its location not the beds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now offering FREE hi speed Wi-fi for all rooms, restaurants and lobby. Located in the heart of the city Novotel Beijing Xinqiao is a 4+ star hotel ideal for a business trip, holiday or short break in Beijing. Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven are just a short walk away and guests enjoy easy access to shopping, major businesses and government buildings. The subway station is directly in front of the hotel offering easy and inexpensive access to all parts of the city.The Novotel Beijing Xinqiao features three restaurants, a lobby bar, health centre, spa, sauna and outdoor tennis court. For business travellers, we offer the convenience of WiFi internet and conference facilities for up to 250 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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