Traditionl China at its best
Posted Jan 17, 2009 on Hotels
The driver met me at Beijing Capital Airport as arranged,he spoke no English but had my name so no problems.
The themperature in Beijing was -11 but the hotel had put extra heating on in the room and bought me some green tea as soon as I arrived (1130pm )
The room was a shock to me,having decided against the major hotels I opted for this small 8 bedroomed hotel in the Hutong District of nearly central Beijing.
Not a large room by modern standards but big enough for 1 person,furnished with traditional chinese furniture and wall coverings that the website pictures didnt really do credit to.
The shower room had a modern round washbasin decorated with chinese scenes,Each morning I had traditional chinese food for breakfast,soup,fried won ton,peach juice,green tea,there was also ham,eggs,cheese and yoghurt on offer.
Within walking distance (20 minutes ) of the Forebidden City and Tian an Men Square 9both huge ) passing massive shopping malls on the way.
The staff I met all spoke and understood some English.
Ask for the pick up seervice from the airport(no charge) they will take you back for 144 yuan (£14 ) so great value.
There is a display of old black and white photos in the dining room as well as traditional chinese opera costumes that you can try on.Very fast wifi free of charge also.It was the middle of a bitterly cold winter but an enjoyable stay