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Novotel Xinqiao Beijing
Ranked #68 of 6,473 Hotels in Beijing
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Rooms are very average, had cooking smell sometimes through out the night. The bed sheets are uncomfortable but it was close to transport and shops.
Service was average however the CLEANERS ARE SO NICE AND FRIENDLY!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Only lived on the premium floor. It makes check-in easier, gives you 2 meals and 1 piece of laundry every day. Friendly and professional staff on premier lounge which also speaks English. Quiet, short distance to subway (which also is convenient from and to the airport, unless too much luggage if travel in rush-hour. Short distance to interesting tourist spots and shops/restaurants very nearby (including 10 min walk to more "Westernized" shopping-centers at Wangfujing). I would consider this as a safe bet compared to many other hotels world-wide that often "surprise" you one way or the other. I have stayed here for a total of 6-7 weeks the last year and would choose the same hotel next time because of the comfortable and convenient stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Redmond, Washington
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We were in Beijing for several days while in China. The Novotel was a great value with nice rooms, several good restaraunts, and friendly helpful staff. It is located close to Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. Utilize the subway as much as possible as you can access almost anywhere with it avoiding the never ending traffic gridlock. Subway costs about 20 cents.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Hotel Lobby- Pros: ATM, Post Office, Tour Desk, Currency Exchange Desk, Gift Shop, Free use of Apple iMacs and WiFi.
Cons: No Public lounge or area to sit and escape your room but still stay indoors.

Hotel Room- Pros: Free Internet, Room Service is cheaper then Restaurant prices which was strange, TV has 1 Movie channel(HBO), 1mixed US TV shows (AXN) and two sport channels all in english. two free bottles of water each day, large, heated/cooling, large windows.
Cons: sligh used and dated, beds are hard but not extream, shower/bath in-one

Area- Pros: walking distance to KFC/Pizza Hut, Several Malls are within walking distance, train station (with X-ray machine) located right outside hotel. 7/11 style show located 10 shows to the right of the hotel, the the left is a bakery which offers many pastry options, close to many attactions...

Hints: Taxis are really cheap the min you hop in its 10 then it is 2.00 per km traveled, Room service is cheaper then the avalible resturants, for typical tourst gifts are best found at a place called The Silk Market which is a 5 level market where you MUST barter the price down... start at a min of half what they first say... and dont be afraid to walk away... they will not let you leave without a sale honestly its crazy... they might be rude to you for sticking to a cheap price but if they need the sale they will do it... e.g Cashmere scarf for 45 (7AUD)...

if you go on tours you will vist "tea ceremonies" which are tea shops that will want you to first try the teas but then want you to buy them... same with the pearl markets... Silk Factory... and closonne... we did severl tours and would vist these same places each time which was more time fillers then anything... dont be worried about saying No but if your shy and dont want to say No best to say "I dont drink tea" or"Ive already done this and bought the stuff on the last tour"

Prices are alright but as i said you need to bargin the price down in order to ket a cheap price... the post cards at the lobby gift shop was 80 for a packet yet at the silk market we got two for 80 ( I am sure we could have done better but we were soooo over it)...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Novotel Xinqiao Beijing
Address: No.1 Chongwenmen Xi Da Jie, Beijing 100005, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Chongwenmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#36 Spa Hotel in Beijing
#60 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Xinqiao Beijing 4*
Number of rooms: 693
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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