Ratings based on 178 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.0 Service & staff
4.1 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby Hem from Mumbai
Small rooms but helpful staffPosted Nov 16, 2013
Pros: Tourist assistance counter at the hotel was exceptionally helpful, reasonable and honest and rendered excellent assistance in our sightseeing trips.
Rooms are quite small by western standards. Hotel is a bit inside and is far off from any subway station. Although technically forbidden city is at a walking distance by about 10 to 15 minutes, it is a the North gate or exit gate which is near. Entry gate or South gate of forbidden city is quite far away. So to go there you have to take bus or rickshaw. Beware of cheats while getting in man driven rickshaws. The city being capital city has an excellent network and service of subway/metro trains and buses that take you anywhere within the city conveniently.
for Everyoneby Nicholas from Philadelphia, PA
Nice decent hotelPosted Nov 12, 2013
Pros: The hotel was clean and my room was a nice size.
Location: The hotel is not very near a Subway line. I opted to use buses instead. There are shops and food places nearby.
I stayed here for 2 nights in November 2013. It is a decent hotel. My room was a nice size and clean. I booked a windowless room which was kinda weird, but didn't feel trapped. The staff was friendly and speak English. The bed was comfortable (mattress was kinda hard, but that is common all over China). I was surprised when they asked for RMB 400 deposit (most hotels ask for RMB 100-200). You get it back when you check out. The hotel provides toiletries, slippers, safe in the room, mini fridge and green tea. There's also additional stuff in the room for purchase (e.g. wine, snacks, chocolate, soda, coffees/teas, condoms etc). Breakfast was not included (I paid RMB 38).
for Everyoneby Sarah from UK
Right next to the forbidden cityPosted Nov 10, 2013
Pros: Good character and location to tourist sites.
Cons: I would have liked a few more nice restaurants nearby - it's easier to travel to HouHai for this in the evenings.
Sha Tan Hotel offers a good middle-ground choice - it's not a big chain hotel, but it's not a courtyard hotel in the middle of the hutongs either. If you want a bit of character, but the security of slightly larger, more western hotel, then this is for you. The rooms were comfortable and the staff speak English well. The wi-fi isn't great, but it is available sometimes. It's only a 10-15 min walk from Dongsi metro stations, which is invaluable when you want to get around the city, especially in the evening - there aren't that many nice restaurants nearby. This hotel is great for the forbidden city, wanfujing street and jinshan park.
for Everyoneby Hamish
Pleasantly surprisedPosted Nov 4, 2013
Unfortunately not many taxi drivers know where this hotel is, so make sure you take the directions written down in Chinese. We had difficulty getting there from the airport but once there the hotel surprised us. We got upgraded to a suite and was a very enjoyable stay. Located just next to Jingshan park and above the forbidden city, it is just tucked away in a little houjie, enough to be quiet yet you can walk 50metres down the street to a main road. Staff were friendly, not too much English but service was excellent. We booked train tickets through our hotel and worked out fine. Would definitely stay there again, knowing where it is now.
for Everyoneby Marianne
Good location.Posted Sep 24, 2013
This hotel is located in a great street where many small-time but worth while restaurants are. We found the location convenient. I wouldn't bother with the hotel breakfast unless you are absolutely desperate for western style food, as we found it cold and rather average. The hotel suited us fine for our short time stay in Beijing. The only negative was that on checking out, the house keeping lady brought out all this dirty laundry (400RMB worth) into the hotel lobby trying to tell us we soiled it and have to pay the replacement cost. We thought this was absolutely bizarre and certainly did not soil anything. After a bit of an argument they accepted we didn't do it. However it did leave a sour taste in our mouth to say the least.
for Everyoneby max from nz
Very handy for walking distance to sights,Posted Aug 25, 2013
Cons: Wifi in room
Location: Close to forbidden city, hautong streets, bell & drum tower, Tiananmen Square.
For us it was about 15-20 mins walk to major sights/ subway, First timers in china, you will have to pay a deposit/ bond at at all accommodation.
Recommendedby Eric from Arkansas
Wrong Location on MapPosted Aug 7, 2013 on Hotels.com
The hotels.com map shows this hotel on west side of a large nearby park. It is a block off the east side. Print out the hotel name and street name in Chinese and take a taxi or you will NEVER find it the first time. After that, it's easy. Don't use the tour guide service in the lobby. They will rip you off. The restaurant was bad, but there's a great little cafe at the end of the street. Go left out the door to get to it and look for the signs in English. Close to all the sites but not exactly comfortable walking distance unless you're younger.
for Everyoneby Sharon from Salt Lake City
Great Location and Comfortable RoomPosted Aug 1, 2013
Pros: Room was clean and comfortable. It was within walking distance to the Forbidden City. Good value for the money.
Cons: The lobby could use some updating, removal of the condoms would probably be a good idea so as not to suggest seediness! English speaking staff.
Location: Safe street but with an odd assortment of shops. Forbidden City within walking distance. Nice little coffee shop offering some western food on street
My husband and I stayed here 4 nights while touring Southeast Asia on our own. Although the lobby looks a little stark and dated, we were surprised to find a small but very comfortable room, with everything we needed. The bed was comfortable, there was an unstocked refrigerator, equipment to prepare in-room coffee and tea (at a cost) and, surprisingly, a selection of condoms offered along with the packets of coffee and tea! Don't get the idea this is a rent by the hour kind of thing as it is not. It is a very comfortable, low-middle priced hotel--NOT SEEDY at all! We didn't see many people at the hotel, so perhaps it is down on it's luck. The biggest plus is that it is within walking distance of the Forbidden City. It is located on a small street with an odd assortment of hotels, laundries, a barber shop, a (seemingly legitimate) massage parlor, and small, very modest restaurants--really not much to offer except safe passage--we always felt safe walking, day and night. There seemed to be quite a few tour groups walking by, perhaps to and from other hotels in the area, or a bus parking lot. Overall we were satisfied with the value of this hotel, and found it to be comfortable. The down side is that, while close to the Forbidden City, it was not close to any other tourist sites, and most staff didn't speak English.
for Everyoneby Mark and Barb from Hanover, PA
Great valuePosted Jul 31, 2013
We were in China for more than three weeks staying in hostels and hotels that were roughly priced the same as the Sha Tan (or more) and the Sha Tan was the best of all. The staff spoke English and generally did their best to help us. We asked for a quiet room and they gave us a room on the fourth floor which was large, well-insulated, and VERY QUIET. It is located on an alley and many taxis will not go down it. Otherwise, the location is excellent, being close to Jingshan and Beihai Parks, restaurants, shops, and the Forbidden City
Recommendedby ytel from Houston, Texas
You will not be dissappointed.Posted Jul 1, 2013 on Hotels.com
Walking distance to the Forbidden city is a huge plus.