This hotel is located in a busy local street with plenty of local amenities, fruit stalls, coffee and bread shop, dare i say McDonalds, pharmacy and a variety of restaurants and eateries, hair salons.
It is a good base if you like walking (or just getting a taxi or the subway) for I walked most days to the Square, Forbidden City, Bei Hei park and saw all the sites along the way, north, south, east and west for the Square. Walking at night is great as there is much activity on the streets where the shops and eateries are.
The closest subway station is Taoranting about a 8-10 min walk. From here you can ride to Wangfujing Street, location of the up market shops and local shops and also St Joseph Church where many people relax in the front courtyard.
The subway network is excellent and from Taoranting station you can go anywhere, the zoo, Forbidden City, Bei Hai Park, Temple of Heaven, Tainanmen Square.