Ratings based on 274 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.7 Service & staff
4.7 Room comfort
4.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
by EnjoyTravel from San Jose, California
Nice old hotel, excellent locationPosted Apr 14, 2014
Pros: Large space in the room. Upscale feeling.
Cons: Air conditioning. Shower place.
Location: Forbidden City and Tienanmen Square within walking distance. Wanfujing shopping street in 5 minutes.
Had visited Beijing many times in the past 20 years. Used to stay at large American hotel chain hotels. Decided to try a little different type of hotel this time. Raffles hotel has a good name world-wide. However, I had a mixed feeling with my 6-night stay. Hotel staff are friendly and professional. Room is large with hardwood floor like home. Very good. But, the air conditioning wasn't working at all. It was hot and humid. I booked two rooms. Both rooms had the same situation. The hotel staff brought fans to each room and these fans never stopped until we left. Hot, humid, and fans throughout the night in April. Imagine. I won't even try to think of it during summer time... The part of bathtub and shower place design in the overall bathroom is poor. You often say "whoever designs it never uses it himself/herself." This is one of the things that follows that saying. The bathroom door to bedroom cannot be closed due to the moisture. I booked this hotel through Expedia...prepaid for six nights for two rooms and no cancellation. Next time I'd be more careful if I see 'no cancellation.' The location is very good and very safe for foreigners. Overall the hotel is quiet and you don't see too many tourists wondering inside of the hotel. Buffet breakfast is top of the line with a high price tag. Staff can communicate in English well.
for Familiesby Henry Beaumont from Glen Ellen, California
Perfect spot for first trip to BeijingPosted Apr 9, 2014 on Hotels.com
We had 2 1/2 days to see Beijing and we couln't have chosen a better location in our opinion. The hotel is located right on the main drag, three blocks east of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and one block west of a major shopping street with loads of food options. Theres a subway station for the #1 line about a 1/2 block away which will take you right to the Silk Market with no transfers and a single transfer to the #10 line to get to the Dirt Market. Great Loaction!
for Business Travelersby Tonyna80
Posted Apr 9, 2014 on Hotels.com
by traveler from WA
Situated in prime area, without the prime benefit.Posted Apr 7, 2014
The room is nice, but they're air condition and heater does not work. The window could not be open, because there is none. If they give you the room with windows, the pollution is so intensive that you are breathing smog. So you pretty much in a sauna when you are in the room.
by Ali from London
Good location for proximity to Forbidden CityPosted Apr 3, 2014
The "grande dame" hotel is adjacent to the Forbidden City and Tianammen Square, but is not close to any shopping or shopping mall as some other 5 star hotels are . The staff are unfailingly professional, polite, attentive and helpful and a true credit to the management, but the hotel itself, while spotless, is far from a 5 star establishment. The gym and pool are way below what is to be expected from a 5 star hotel and most importantly, the entre building, including public areas and rooms, have a problem with ambient temperature. Some of the rooms are warm enough to be practically unusable. Also, the hotel is internally interconnected with a large adjacent building, with no egress or ingress control, potentially allowing for less security controls. Even at discounted or attractive rates, there is no point in staying at this hotel if a guest is expecting 5 star comfort.
Recommendedby Calvin Zhao
Posted Mar 31, 2014 on Hotels.com
by Yusuf from Istanbul
Nice locationPosted Mar 17, 2014
The hotel is in a well maintained historic building. Im 35 years old and its a little to stuffy for my taste but i am sure older couples would like it. The biggest turn off for Raffles is that its right by a government building and you have to go through a security check everytime you enter. The hotel. Even if you go outside to smoke and come right back in. Im talking full metal dectector at pat down. I must of been checked at least 25 times during my 3 day stay. And all the guests i talked to were also annoyed by it.
for Business Travelersby A verified traveler from Los Angeles
Very ElegantPosted Mar 16, 2014
Pros: Very Elegant
This was one of the best hotels in Beijing.I was impressed.
for Couplesby ivan from singapore
great service, great locationPosted Mar 8, 2014 on Hotels.com
excellent in every respect.....
for Everyoneby Jeff from NYC
Superb hotel with old school elegancePosted Feb 27, 2014
Definitely the must-stay hotel in Beijing. Total support for business trips, impeccable facilities, old school charm throughout. This is my new go-to place in Beijing, right next to Tienanmen. A TRUE 5-star.