I was signed onto a tour but was advised to arrive early by friends. Tour hotel wasn't able to take me prior to the start of the group booking. I did quite a bit of research, including Trip Advisor, and had a friend who lives in Beijing, visit the ones that seemed viable. Independently, we found that the Kapok seemed best. It was.
As it was August the nightly rate was relatively modest. The welcome was warm, the room was on the west side of the building away from the street noise. Very comfortable bed, large glass walled bathroom. Room and hotel exceptionally clean. Restaurant competent but nothing special. Breakfast buffet well done and well priced.
Super plus for me on my first visit to Beijing was the location. The hotel is a short walk to the Forbidden City to the west, close to Tianamen Square and it's museums and the National Arts center. To the east is shopping, the night food market, the subway, etc.
The Internet was free but spotty in the room. It was fine in the lobby. While most of the guests were internationals, the staff language skills could be improved. Health Club is basically a room in one of the lower levels with some weights and machines, I never saw anyone else there when I used it.
Definitely recommend this for travelers who want to set their own pace in exploring Beijing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Kapok in Beijing is a uniquely designed boutique hotel located in the heart of this ancient Chinese city. A modern looking boutique hotel crafted with a touch of Chinese influence, next to the Forbidden City in Beijing. The lantern, a traditional icon in China, is used as a concept of exterior design, which breaks the boundaries between inner space and outdoor environment. An unconventional layout presents a spacious area; the ample use of glass enhances the natural light and the bamboo courtyard in the lobby slows the pac e of urban life. Hotel Kapok consists of 89 guestrooms and 16 suites, appointed with small gardens on the balcony. The interior design focuses on simplicity and pureness: white is all-pervading in the room, wooden floors and glass built bathrooms liberates the traveler's body and soul. The "Staircase Library" certainly increases the joy of reading. Hotel Kapok delivers personalized services while providing conveniences such as restaurants, bars, meeting rooms, business and fitness center.Hotel Kapok is located in the heart of Beijing , on the east side of the Forbidden City, minutes away from the famous shopping district Wangfujing. Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Train Station is also close by. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Agoda, Priceline, Orbitz, Travelocity, Cancelon, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your Hotel Kapok Beijing reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Kapok Hotel Beijing