We just checked out after spending 8 nights in a 2br apartment. We arrived in Beijing after a 14 hour flight from the US, jetlagged and exhausted. The two floor, 2 bedroom apartment was perfect four our family of four (two parents and kids age 4 and 7) to recover from jetlag. There were different rooms where we could go to sleep or play while the rest of us slept. It also had great black out curtains and was very quiet.
The style of the apartment was contemporary. It had a small kitchen with some plates, cups, silverware etc. They provided bottled water when we arrived and there was an electric kettle for making more. The apt we had had 1.5 baths (shower only,no tub). There was a safe and pretty much everything we needed for our stay was provided.
Overall, the apartment was VERY clean. The only exception was that the grout on the main floor looked dirty (though the tile was very clean--it was actually heated tile and we would come in from sightseeing in 15 degree weather and lay on it because it was so toasty!) and the caulk in the shower looked a little yucky and slimy. The linens were of a very good quality and very clean.
In addition to the homey modern style and very practical layout, we also found the facilities and staff to be great. The gym was nice for a hotel gym (bike, treadmill, elliptical, weights). The front desk staff bent over backwards trying to help us. We always found someone who spoke some English there. They would help us write the chinese characters for where we wanted to go for our taxi drivers, would call a cab if we needed one and generally were very kind and helpful. We had a small internet problem and they sent someone right up to fix it.
When we first arrived, I wasn't sure about the location, but it grew on me. It was initially hard to find (go in the gate at the 7-11 and it is on the left. If you bring the phone number, your cab driver can call for directions), but once we had a hotel card, our taxis always found it no problem. It was about a 2-3 block walk to the Jiangguomen & another subway station, but it was a long walk in the cold for our 4 year old. We took taxis everywhere instead. We were usually able to find a taxi on the street in front of the hotel, but if not, Jianguomen Street had many too. It cost about 12-15 yuan ($2-$3) to get to the Forbidden City. Very affordable.
We found some good food options nearby. 7-11 had easy take out breakfast and lunch items. There was a steamed bun restaurant just down the road toward Jianguomen on the left that had an english sign and menu. There was a starbucks in the Scitech shopping center & a small (overpriced!) grocery. There is a mcdonalds and Starbucks about a block west on Jiangguomen. We ate Peking duck at a delicous place next to McDonalds called Duck King (ask the desk, I don't think their sign was in English, but the menu was.) Just across Jiangguomen, there are several other non-chinese restaurants like Sizzler or a Thai restaurant that we didn't try, but it was nice to know they were there. There was also a nice dimsum restaurant 2 blocks west on Jiangguomen (turn left at McDonalds, I think.) There was a Guilin Noodle restaurant next to the hair salon on the 1st floor that was good. MCS cafe was ok too and they provide room service.
All in all, it was a great place to stay with kids. The deal we got on their website meant we ended up spending about $130 per night. It might not have been as fancy or impressive as a high-end hotel, but the space and convenience made up for it. I hope we will be able to stay here again if we ever come back to Beijing.
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