If you're searching for an affordable hotel within walking distance to the heart of the city, Novotel Peace is not a bad choice for the price BUT don't expect much. The lobby is deceivingly well-furbished but as soon as you're shown to your room, you'd be a little disappointed. The first three days were were in a twin room. It was a pretty good sized room but it was oddly shaped, facing the backstreet, and worst of all, there must have been some plumbing problems because part of the carpet was wet all the time. We didn't complain because we were barely in our room, but on our 3rd day, half the room was soaked! We received a note from the reception saying that they would like to reassign us to an "upgraded" room on the 12th floor. They should have done this a long time ago but we should also have complained. It was a nuisance packing our stuff and moving on our last evening knowing that we'd have to re-pack the next day. The "upgraded room" was a twin-Queen room with a nice view of the surroundings but there was mould living in the bathroom and its condition was worst that our first room.
Besides our rooms, the facilities and service is a meager "ok". The swimming pool cannot accommodate more than two serious swimmers, breakfast (if not included with the price of the room) is pretty expensive for Beijing standards (15 Euros per person) and although the variety of food is great, you'd get a better deal at local restaurants.
Service? There wasn't quite much besides organized tours which was overpriced. My mom and I paid 600 RMB for a driver to take us to the Great Wall and the Ming Courts. We sorta regretted later as the driver was always rushing us. We decided to go for this option in the first place to AVOID the hectic of tours.
One word of advise: take a whole day for the Summer Place. It's worth it and you can get there easily by taxi. Check out the option of taking a ferry from the zoo.
My mom and I decided that we would split up our week's stay in Beijing first staying at a traditional Hutong courtyard hotel 15 minutes from the city center and then move to a more conventional hotel for the swimming pool and travel convenience. All our knowledge about Beijing stemmed from travel guides and internet sites so we didn't really know the layout of the city. Although Novotel Peace is really close to the Forbidden City (20 minutes walk) and to the shopping district of Wangfujing (5 minutes walk), our Hutong (Ji House Courtyard Hotel: www.jihousecn.com), situated close to Gulou was a much better place to stay in terms of sight seeing and nightlife. It gave us a more authentic feel for Beijing, whereas Wangfujing area is over-priced, over-westernized, and not too exciting. However, the second day of our stay at Novotel, we discovered lots of small, wonderful local boutiques behind the hotel great for shopping.
Verdict: I'd will most likely try another hotel next time. If the price is right (we paid 50 Euros per night which was really cheap), and if you don't plan to spend too much time at the hotel, sure, it's not too bad of an option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Beijing Peace is ideally located in the city centre at Wangfujing, within walking distance of the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and shopping malls. This modern hotel features 402 rooms with broadband & WiFi access, plus free Internet access at the Novotel Mac Corner. Novotel Beijing Peace offers easy access to subway lines and 15-minute walk from Beijing Railway Station. The hotel also features airport transfer service, limousine service and tour desk providing customized city tours. Located in Wangfujing area, city center of Beijing, 300 meters to Shopping Malls, within walking distance to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Hotel is very close to Temple of Heaven, Jingshan, Beihai, Houhai, South Luoguxiang,Lama Temple, Imperial College, Worker's Stadium and Sanlitun. with easy access to CBD, Embassies, Financial Street, MasterCard Center by subway, public transportation or taxi. WIFI is available and free of charge. 2 Minutes to subway Dengshikou line 5. The hotel is well equipped with two restaurants and two bars and offers great leisure facilities including a swimming pool, bicycle hire, a fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi and massage services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Peace Beijing
- Novotel Peace Beijing
- Novotel Beijing
- Beijing Novotel
- Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing