Good hotel for late night eats, night outing, and quick access to/from airport
Posted Dec 22, 2010
Main attraction (for me) for staying at Qianyuan Hotel is that it is in the middle of the only area in Beijing for late (like 1:00-4:00 am) night dining and shopping (minor items), and there are many such establishments, not just one or two, especially restaurants. There are many many restaurants almost all night with many customers staying up late. I didn't want to have to check in a hotel elsewhere and then take a taxi here, so I decided to just stay at Qianyuan and all the restaurants are practically right next door. This is particularly useful if you flight gets in after 11 pm or close to midnight and you want to get something to eat in a sit-down place after checking in. Head for this disctrict called Quijie, where this hotel is on.
The other advantage is that it is in town (Beijing) but in the corner of town that is closest to the Beijing airport, right off the Airport Expressway as you get into town. So, it is only a 20+ minute taxi ride versus 30-35 minutes to other parts of town. Hotel is reasonable although it wasn't of 5-star quality. Furnishings are spartan but adequate. Small things, such as having more mirrors (please) in the room, etc., would have been nicer but I guess the mangement didn't want to work towards being a 5-star property. They even gave me free breakfast for the two nights, although it wasn't included (some sweet talking to the front desk helps too, in Chinese, in my case). Good deal overall. Location so so, however, for sightseeing.