The Sunworld is in an excellent location, is great value for money, is clean and comfortable.
This hotel was my base for sightseeing and touring Beijing. I stayed for seven nights so was conscious that I needed to be happy with my choice of accommodation, There's nothing worse than sticking it out in a room that is less than ideal. A bad hotel can be survived for one night, but not for seven! I can confidently say that I was pleased with the Sunworld.
My first observation, and one that is a highlight for a Chinese hotel, was that the bed was SOFT! Although the firm beds of China are not uncomfortable, it really is bliss to find a hotel with a mattress you can sink into. After four weeks travelling around China, the Sunworld's soft bed was welcome.
The rooms are a good size, and I quite liked the little 'reading nook' I had in my room. Sort of like a tiny sun room, or a built in balcony. Just a nice spot to put your feet up at the end of the day.
The room included free internet, a must for me when I travel. It's my lifeline to home. Internet connection was both wired and wireless, although I found the wifi a bit weak and slow. You could get by if you had to, but the wired method was far more reliable.
The staff were generally friendly and helpful. Enough English to get by. The concierge was always on hand to help get a taxi, although note that 8:00/8:30am is a busy time and there can be a wait for a cab. Other times it was fine, no more than a minute or two wait.
The hotel has a 'tour/service' desk. I didn't use it for tours so can't comment on that aspect; however, I did get them to book two train tickets for me. The tickets came through the same day and all went smoothly. Very helpful and much easier than navigating the busy stations.
Wangfujing is just around the corner (one minute walk), which has all the Western escapes if you need them; MacDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Haagen Dazs. Having said that though, forget the burgers and fries and head for Quanjude for a divine duck! When walking south on Wangfujing, go left at the little street about mid-way down the pedestrian area. Thh four stories of duck restaurant promises not to disappoint, and I can assure you, it won't!
Immediately across the road from St Joseph's church on Wangfujing is a little tour booth. Great for tours to the wall, around the city etc. Close to the hotel and theor tours will pick up direct from Sunworld.
Overall my stay at Sunworld was pleasant. Great value for money (especially in Bejing which can be pricey), great location, and comfortable rooms.
Duration of stay - 7 nights
Room - Deluxe king
Would I return? - Yes
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunworld Hotel Beijing is located in the “Golden” center of downtown Beijing at the corner of Wangfujing and Dengshikou streets, its convenient location and transportation have made the place an ideal choice for business elites and urban travelers. Within 10 minutes walking distance you can get to subway line 1 and line 5, famous office buildings such as Oriental Plaza, various large international shopping malls, the famous Wangfujing Night Market and authentic Beijing restaurants. It is half an hour walking distance to the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square. It is 2km to Chang'an Avenue, approximately 5km to Central Business District (CBD), 6km to Beijing Financial Street, only 3km to Beijing Railway Station and about 26km to Beijing Capital International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beijing Sunworld Hotel