Great location but very noisy
Posted Jun 17, 2013 on Hotels
The standard rooms near the front of the hotel are very small and not very clean. Since they don't have bathrooms, we used the shared bathrooms which are only tolerably clean. The major drawback is that the hotel is right next to the back a very big shopping mall, which unfortunately was undergoing major construction during our stay. The noise was unbelievably loud and startling, particularly from 11:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. In addition, the very squeaky hotel front door would send a jolt to even heavy sleepers. The staff was reluctant to relocate us to the (relatively) quieter rooms until we complained for the second time at 2:00 a.m. The rooms towards the back of the courtyard are much cleaner (and with bathrooms) and quaint, and the noise less deafening. If you can get past the noise, the location is very convenient, walking distance to a subway station and Forbidden City. The hotel is hidden from main street on a relatively unknown (and unmarked) street. It took us over an hour wandering around to find it since the taxi driver does not know about the street either; and the map obtained on this Website did not show the correct location (at least when browsed in the US). If you have Internet access in China, you can get the correct location from Google maps.