You know what you paid for.
Posted Jun 23, 2013
I arrived to Beijing, and got a cab to the hotel. The address listed here is in English, but make sure you get a map or know a general direction before you get there, because my cab driver didn't know where to go and we had to make a lot of phone calls.
When I got to the hotel, nobody was working at that time. This is not a typical short-stay hotel with a 24/7 front desk. This is more like an apartment complex. So I had to wait until one of the workers got back from a lunch break and she helped me into a room which was MUCH bigger than I imagined I would have when I originally booked it.
The room was comfortable, and I had my own bathroom, which was nice. The shower was very small, and did not have hot water, but with how hot Beijing is I didn't typically want hot water! The bed is very hard--the mattress is about an inch thick. But this is common for hotels in China, and I wanted to have a vacation kind of "off the path" so I was okay with it.
If you want air conditioning, you can pay a little extra for it. But if you can make it past the first few days, you will get used to it. Also, there are fans sold at a nearby shop for pretty cheap so you can always go that route.
The location was perfect for me. It was a beautiful setting with a rural feel. You're a little outside the main parts of the city but the character of Gaobedian can't be beat. The food sold at stores nearby is phenomenal.
You will enjoy being here if you have the right mindset.