Definitely NOT 5 star!
Posted Mar 21, 2015
First up, if you book this hotel, make sure that you take a print out of the hotel itinerary including telephone number. I took a map on my phone and the taxi drivers still did not understand where the hotel was - incredible given it is right next to the biggest attraction in Beijing! Anyway, onwards to the hotel - do not expect 5* service, contrary to its rating, this hotel is not worthy of more than 3 stars in my opinion.
The hotel is very dated. The decor is circa 1980's - although they do state on their website the rooms have classic Ming and Qing style decor, so I may be being kind by stating the 80's! Anyway, the receptionist on the day was not very welcoming, adding to the cold atmosphere within the hotel. Once we got to our room I was just shocked. We had a forbidden city view room - the view was awful, and definitely not worth paying extra for. As mentioned previously, the decor is awful, so tacky. The bathroom has a bath and a shower, but when you have a shower the water escapes from the cubicle resulting in a very wet floor outside. Finally, the rooms do not have temperature control! Out room was boiling when we got back from some sightseeing and when I enquired as to what was wrong, they said they do not have air con, they will send someone to open the door at the rear of the room. Given the amount of noise on the road outside, this is not a solution a 5 star hotel should be offering. Overall, I do not believe you should spend your money staying at this hotel.