Being a walker, i researched every hotel for convenience to the Bejing attractions and Jade Garden seemed the best fit .It turned out exactly as I had planned through my Trip Advisor research. This hotel is situated on a street within 15 minutes walking distance to the Square and all the sights. The only problem I encountered was that the maps are very sketchy about the streets and directions. I rely on maps everywhere, and I found the Beijing maps very inaccurate and confusing.No fault of the hotel though. The walk is straight forward and easy and safe to walk day or night. As a single woman traveler, safety is always a concern.
The hotel itself is pretty straight forward to find, contrary to the other posts. It is on a main street right up from the night market and shopping district, so very convenient there. Yes , the front desk staff is lacking a little with the English, but they are very helpful and can get the basic job of checking in and out done efficiently. For my first stay, I had a single room which was quite clean and adequate. I love having a bathtub which alot of hotels do not offer with singles. My internet, attached to the TV was not working ,but there was someone there to fix it almost before I could hang up the phone. Rooms were cleaned daily and well restocked . Beware tho, not to open the pre-packaged kit in the bathroom as it is a chargable item which I didn"t realize. Beds are a little on the hard side, but I was too tired to care. Noise is about average with the closing doors causing the most problems ,just as most places. I always take a sound machine anyway, Yes, the hallway rugs could use some cleaning/updating but really a minor detail. Also, I was surprised to find my 2 pronged plugs worked on the electric system. A grounded 3 prong plug needs a convertertho, and I overheard a person ask the desk for one and it was not available. So, bring your own. The restaurant served a wonderful chinese/european/english breakfast. Just about anything one could wish for was available. A buffet lunch is also available, but I did'nt try it out as breakfast propelled me thru to dinner!!!
On my return from the country trip to Yangshou, I re-booked Jade Garden even though I hadn"t planned to. This time I was upgraded to a deluxe room that made me want to spend more time there than seeing the last sights I had planned to see!! The room was elegant with a free standing tub, an automatic toilet( the kind that does everything for you) and a big comfortable bed and sitting area.It's not much more than the single and a very nice treat.
As I mentioned , the area is well populated with restaurants and there is a" Subway" right
across the street if in the mood for a quick american bite. The night market is not to be missed and is 5 minutes walk. The array of "food" items is astonishing. Overheard one morning in the hotel restaurant from some Aussie teachers to a "greenish "looking male teacher "I knew you shouldn"t have eaten those scorpions last night"!!! A very busy night shopping street is also a 5 minute walk in the same direction ,good for a night's activities.
As for the drawbacks, the hotel is a good 15 minute walk from both subway stations,9 rather in between them.) Would not recommend walking with alot of luggage but I managed both with my carry on. Again, rather hard to find for the first time with the inadequate maps but I got good directions from a sympathetic chinese tour director who actually walked me to the hotel (what I LOVE about travelling) The hotel also needs to amp up seating in the lobby. It has adequate space for seating, but has very little area to sit while waiting for tours or a taxi. I mentioned that to IVY , a very nice day manager who seemed very sympathetic and tuned to my ideas.
All in all, this is a great and not expensive choice in very convienent area. If you want glitz and glamour though stay at one of the more distant and expensive hotels . The cabs are quite reasonable and the subway is not too challenging. One final word though..if you have an afternoon/evening flight, allow extra time as the traffic is brutal in the PM and it takes extra time to get to the airport.
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