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"Good location "
Location very good, about 2 mins walking distance to metro station. Basically it is just in front of the hotel only. Surrounding hotel there's have 3 shopping malls, it is only walking distance in 5 mins. You may walking to the Tiananmen Square and also 10 mins walk to Wangfujing walking street, it is so convenience, Breakfast so so, comfy bed and pillow.
"Excellent location & value for money"
We stopped over here for one night to break our trip from UK to New Zealand. We were a bit apprehensive about going into the city for the night & a day, but any fears were quickly allayed. Apart from it taking a couple of hours to get out of the airport due to having to queue up for the necessary free 72 hour visas, under a sign called 'foreigners', the rest of the time in Beijing was great. This hotel is extraordinary value. We had a premier room, (approx £70 for the two of us) which gave us access to the Premier Lounge at all times of the day for free tea, coffee & soft drinks. Between 18.00 & 20.00 we were invited to 'happy hour' in the Lounge & so expected reduced priced drinks and wandered up to see what was on offer. We were amazed to find a selection of alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks available and a range of 'lite bites' food, such as spring rolls, Chinese dumplings, crab claws, chips, chicken dippers etc, range of good cheeses, crackers, fruit and cakes all being enjoyed by both westerners & Chinese visitors. It was all free for the two hours and constantly replenished by very friendly staff. Add to that the fab breakfast buffet included, again something for everyone, from fresh omelettes cooked to order, full English & Chinese breakfasts, with lots of fruit, you can't go wrong. The location was just a 15 minute walk from Tiananemm Square, Chairman Mao's mausoleum and the Forbidden City. It felt very safe walking around these areas and the Beijing citizens & visitors were all very friendly. Our onward flight was late at night & were welcomed back into the Longe for another 'happy hour' before we left the hotel, at no extra charge! We would definitely recommend this hotel for a stopover or a short break in Beijing.
"Staff are excellent"
We stayed at the Xinqiao Beijing Novotel hotel for 4 nights whilst on a short holiday to Beijing. The hotel is in a great central location, right next to Chongwenmen subway station and in walking distance to The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The rooms were nice and clean although the beds were a little hard. When we first checked in we had an economical room which didn't have a window. We weren't too worried about not having a window as we were out all day anyway so spent very little time at the hotel anyway. Saying that, we did have a problem with our room on the second day and the staff were extremely helpful and changed our room immediately and moved us to a superior room, which did have a window and was a lot more spacious than the economic room. The staff are extremely helpful and will go above and beyond to help you. Julian, a member on the front desk and lobby staff in particular. He helped us hugely on our last day in Beijing when we realised we had been victims of a scam near The Forbidden City. To cut a long story short, don't trust anyone who says they are learning English and want to practice their English over tea or coffee in a bar. This is a massive scam where they work with a bar or tea house, get you to go there, order drinks and then charge you a fortune for the drinks that obviously don't cost that much but once your're there, they make you pay. We realised we had been scammed and went and asked the hotel staff what we could do and if they could give us any advice. Julian and another manager, Stella, were extremely helpful. They phoned the police and Julian even went out of his way to come with us at the police station to translate from Chinese to English. Without his help, we would have never have got all our money back, 1800RMB in total (that's £210 that they charged us for a tea and a beer!!) from the bar. We really couldn't thank Julian and the rest of the hotel staff enough, they really are excellent! We ate in the hotel restaurant Citrus once. The food was good and reasonably priced. Obviously it's a bit more expensive than the restaurants and food outlets near by but not ridiculous (equivalent to roughly £35 for 2 main meals and 2 drinks, so not bad). The concierge desk were very good as well, they also have staff outside to hail taxis for you when needed. The taxis around Beijing aren't expensive either, they may take longer than the subway though, or even walking, due to the amount of traffic at peak rush hour times. Overall, the hotel is nice, clean and modern but the staff definitely made the stay better.
"Classic, great value and central hotel"
Accor Plat stayed Nov 16 and Jan/Feb 17 3 star prices for a 4 star hotel. One of the oldest (but refurbished) hotels in Beijing - a high % of local travellers. Rooms feel older but are clean and spacious. Sits on top of a natural hot spring and there is spa services and hot pools in the basement (charge) Always very busy especially the 24 hr bar / restaurant. Check-in fast and multi-lingual. Taxis in the morning can be difficult to get. Subway is at the door and 1 stop to Beijing Railway station. Have been upgraded on all stays and accessed the lounge in the front building. Smaller (yet quieter) breakfast and good selection of drinks at the cocktail hour (or 2) Great value in Beijing. If you are on a budget, like a spacious room in a 4 star hotel - then this is a good choice. I often walk 20 minutes down to Tienanmen Square for exercise. Small shops next door and some great food at the local Chinese restaurant on the premises.
"Great base for a few days touring Beijing"
Beijing is huge and so there is no such thing as the perfect location, however this was fine for the guided tours and sightseeing we did. The hotel is reasonably smart inside, no doubt of a typical Novotel standard. The staff on reception need to smile more but the girls in the Galleria bar where you can have a small selection of snack meals, couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. There is a "happy hour" between 18:00 and 20:00. The assistant manager for guest experience Rebacca was sincere and lovely. She arranged a personal taxi trip to the Great Wall for us with a trusted driver. Her attitude was superb and it is true that one individual can make a real difference to your holiday experience. We didn't use the tour desk or concierge (or spa) services themselves. Our room was spacious and generally fine, just a little tired in places. The air con was pretty noisy - a bit like having an engine running in the background. We never learnt how to turn it off but that probably tells you it wasn't that much of an issue! There are drink making facilities in the bedrooms as well as iron and ironing board, hairdryer, shaving point etc. Even free toothbrushes and toothpaste. You get two free bottles of water each day. The buffet breakfast had sufficient choice for Brits to find enough to enjoy, but they have no idea how to properly cook bacon or sausages! Do they boil them' Personally prepared omelettes were fine and you could add tomato, baked beans, hash browns etc. if you like something approaching an English breakfast. There was a wide range of food to suit other nationalities and cultures. There are other restaurants in the hotel but we didn't use them, finding our fellow travellers homed in on the bar to enjoy a good sociable atmosphere. Usefully there was a money changing machine next to reception but it doesn't take cards. Let's face it, you don't come to Beijing for a few days to stay in your room. You will be out and about and then exchanging stories in the bar with fellow guests. The Novotel was great for that.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM