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Far East International Hotel Beijing
Ranked #3,418 of 6,474 Hotels in Beijing
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Far East Hotel in Beijing for two nights as part of an organized tour. Unfortunately, we were rather disappointed with our experience there. On our first morning there, we woke up quite early only to find that there was no hot water with which to shower! On our second night there, we asked the front desk if they could call a cab for us, and the response from the front desk attendant was that cabs don't like going there. We were there in early April, and the temperature in Beijing was getting down to zero degrees at night. When my boyfriend called the front desk to ask if they could turn up the heat (it was freezing!), they said that they only have heat in the winter!

The downstairs cafe is ok. The staff were quite helpful there and they serve some Western food options.

All in all, I wouldn't stay at the Far East Hotel unless you're a really experienced traveler and are ok with something REALLY basic.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Odense
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2013

This hotel is situated in a hutong area in Beijing. It is within walking distance (15 min) of Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven Park.

The rooms are relatively large but the decor needs some redecoration - staff is friendly.

I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Not the nicest place with stains everywhere (the shower curtain was yellow on the bottom). All I can say is that this place has a very local feel-in the hutong... might be hard to find for taxi drivers who are not familiar with the area. There are many local restaurants around and it's a 15 minute walk to Line 2's Hepingmen station. The air conditioning was pretty horrible--hotter with the AC on for some reason. Staff are not helpful at all and wifi does not work at all in the room. Spend more and stay somewhere nicer

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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This was a terrible hostel, we choose it despite the bad reviews because our friends book it so we wanted to stay with them. Disaster. The spartan rooms in the hostel part are terrible, humidity stains everywhere, back-killer matresses, bad smell, and the toilets I can not even start.
The hostel and the hotel are facing each other on each side of a narrow street. The yard part were the hostel is is absolutely patetic, even for Chinese hostel standards. The hotel part is better, but the staff is awful, rude and unhelpful. Wifi doesn't work at all, they tell you you have to change the IP address and so on, when you ask them to help you with that task, they don't reply to you and just continue doing other things, they can not even speak english.
The only good thing about this place is that they give you back your money if you check out before (which off course we did the very next day), even if you pay with credit card.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank MaconiaM
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We have been to this hostel/hotel many times over the years. In 2010, it was good. We were shocked when we returned in July 2012 to see how it had changed - for the worse. The front desk staff were rude and didn't care about any complaints that the guests put forth.
There was suppose to be Wifi in the lobby - not. The internet they promise in the room is non-existent. Therefore, trying to do anything on the computer was hit and miss.
The restaurant that had been there is now a linen storage room. The lounge downstairs used to be available for just relaxing and watching DVD's, but now you must buy a drink in order to stay.
In the past, if you check out and left you luggage until you left for the train station or wherever, it was free. No longer! It is 10 yuan per bag.
This hostel/hotel was a good place in the past for foreigners, however over the years fewer and fewer foreigners are staying here. We were informed from a local vendor whom we have known for years that Far East is "no good anymore".
Our next visit to Beijing will have us staying somewhere else!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Cathy S
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El Monte, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Rudest workers ever, and whenever you ask them questions, they always give you a "stop bothering me and go away" look. They said there was wifi, but it would not work in the rooms or lobby. Many other people had complained, and they still refused to do anything about it. Oh, and any pictures you see of the hostel online are really not what it seems. This place is very run down and unless you like living under crackhead conditions, then stay here. Other guests here also did not look happy, so that says a lot about the service. The toilet also barely flushed, even after 8 hours it was still not ready to be flushed again...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank Calvin L
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2012

I spent almost two weeks in this hotel -clean rooms, average location (far from subway, many other best places nearby), but what really shocked me was the REAL DEEP RUDENESS of RECEPTION STAFF (2 in particular). I've been around Asia and China for a while, I'm not expecting "PLEASE and THANK YOU" all the time but these people would better go in a coal mine instead working with other people.. No hairdresser in the room, we asked for one and the didn't even answer, spitting and chewing in front of guests, always annoyed... Believe me, I had no special or strange requests (just a PC to download photos)... They said in ugly face "Uff.. What do you want?? So?? What you need??" I used to go back to my room from the back door to not even see them, I don't care if they don't see me BUT you have to be AT LEAST INDIFFERENT. WHAT I RECOMMEND TO GUESTS: GO SOMEWHERE ELSE - WHAT I RECOMMEND TO RECEPTION STAFF: FIND ANOTHER JOB.

  • Stayed June 2012
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3 Thank CESAARE
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Property: Far East International Hotel Beijing
Address: No.90 Tieshuxie Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Location: China > Beijing > Chongwenmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3,418 of 6,474 Hotels in Beijing
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Hotel Class:2 star — Far East International Hotel Beijing 2*
Number of rooms: 125
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