Ratings based on 52 Verified Reviews

3.5 out of 5
81% of guests recommend
3.8 Room cleanliness
3.4 Service & staff
3.4 Room comfort
3.3 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Washington State

Not a bad hotel.

Posted May 2, 2017
There is a comfortable lobby and there was always a sufficient English speaking clerk. The coffee shop and dining area are nice. We liked the Dongfang. I think most who complain are too sensitive to China culture. Lots of taxis outside. The subway is about 1/3 mile and the #5 bus to Tiananmen Square a bit closer. (Warning: Security made our visit to Tiananmen and Forbidden City terrible. We had to wait in a huge crowd as they screened every visitor. Must have passport for F. City. It was a 2 1/2 hour line! I used to be able to walk right to it! Security unfriendly and rude. Advise use tour guide instead. The tours walked right in. Very disappointed in the Chinese mentality here. We were exhausted by the time they let us in. I'm a healthy 70 years old but...)
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

NO AIRCONDITIONING

Posted Oct 11, 2016
Pros: The link as a historical hotel, the old time décor in the COffee Shop & its great proximity to real life Beijing neighbourhoods & food.
Cons: Air Condition the hotel, at least install ceiling fans for guests comfort
Location: The location was great, good walking distance to Tainamen Sq & main Down town SIghtseeing attractions as well as the Hutongs & local food
This is a great hotel, great staff & great location with NO AIRCONDITIONING. My recent stay on a 29O day had most of our group near fainting, with sadly no solution but to open a small 30cm window 10cm, on the 21st floor - not good this day & age. This history of the hotel is lovely as is their Old Time Coffee Shop.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted Sep 8, 2016 on Hotels
Room condition is very bad.service is very poor. Only good thing is the location.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from SINGAPORE

Conveniently located

Posted Jul 5, 2016
A hotel with long history & beautiful courtyard. Conveniently located, with many convenience stores and subway station nearby. Fantastic service. Staff was helpful. Just that the carpet was quite dirty.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Decent hotel, coffee shop not open, not close

Posted Mar 11, 2016
Hotel itself was nice but the coffee bar didn't open until 9:00. Don't people in China drink coffee before 9am?! Also, our wifi didn't work the whole time we were there. To go anywhere to eat was a 20 minute cab drive. Breakfast was decent.
2 out of 5
by Soren from Denmark

Cheap but definetely NOT worth the savings.

Posted Nov 7, 2015 on Hotels
I only needed a place to sleep for the last night of my stay in Shanghai. - In this regard I booked a somewhat cheap hotelroom close to public transport that could take me to the airport fairly quickly. Close to public transport and close to the center usually means the prices goes up - Or for the same price a worse hotel. - This much I know and accept. The room was in a very bad state. The paint in the sealing had giant crackled holes in it, and by the door there was a very suspicious brown blotch that looked like mould. The so called flatscreen tv can not have been bigger than 20". and had only one foreign channel. There had been placed some quick to cook food an beverages but there were no refrigiator. The bed was not a bed. It was a chipboard (I checked) with a, less than 1" thick, soft foam madress. - so the latter was insignificant and useless really. The walls. as with most of the buildings in China, were very thin so the person next door who snored like a rhino kept me awake all night. The room did have a fairly good ventilation system though. In all fairness, I did not check the rest of the hotel, and this was their standard twin bed room - according to the website. It cost me 329 RNB for one night. - This was an online deal that claimed it to be half the regular price. NOT worth it. The people behind the frontdesk were friendly and forthcoming but not that good at communicating in english.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

good location for exploring on foot and on subway

Posted Aug 10, 2015 on Hotels
good location, subway nearby, a few good restaurants, rooms reasonable although AC just ok. Staff try to help , breakfast reasonable,mare a seems safe,
4 out of 5
by Thomas from Montana

Interesting antique rooms

Posted Apr 21, 2015 on Hotels
My wife and I stayed in the old wing and our friends stayed in the tower. Although the antiques in our room were lovely, the room felt crowded as a result of all the old furniture. However, I have never stayed in such a hotel room in China and if you want a feeling of old China, make sure you get one of these rooms. I liked the neighborhood with some decent restaurants and street markets with heaps of fresh fruit.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 11, 2015 by baoqin, Hotel Management
Thanks for your staying dongfang hotel. Celebrity room is classical . style room ,established in 1918.And welcome you come again .it is our pleasure at your service. Sales Department Zhang baoqin
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Toronto, Canada

Comfortable hotel with old fashioned character

Posted Aug 2, 2014
Pros: Nice atmosphere, nice size and good location. Never too much hubbub in the lobby.
Cons: The elevator is slow and very busy. Although there is not likely much that can be done about this. You just need to chill, smile and be patient.
Location: I liked the location of the hotel very much. A pleasant 45 minute walk to the Tienanmen Sq. area. Bank and other convenience within 5 minute walk.
Built in 1918 this hotel has modern rooms and amenities without losing any of the original character or charm. There is wired internet in the room but wireless is at a cost of a rented modem which is installed promptly upon a call to the front desk. A 200 Yuan cash deposit is required and returned at check out less a 10 Yuan per charge for the modem. It was very hot during my stay and thankfully the A/C worked very well in my room. The bed was a a bit hard. It did sleep well so I guess the hard'ish' bed was better than I thought it would be. The sheets were clean, nice quality and all white, which I happen to like. The bathroom was clean and the shower was good. There is a large banquet room on the second floor used to serve a breakfast buffet everyday. The buffet is decent but not stellar. Fresh fried eggs are made as you wait and there are baked goods including toast for American style appetites. If the breakfast is not included in your room price you can pay cash or have charged to your room for 58 Yuan. There is a convenience store which houses a train ticket kiosk as well as an ATM machine inside the hotel. Also a nice coffee shop. The front desk staff is very polite and helpful
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 14, 2015
Dear, Thanks your for your comment, and welcome you stay Dongfang Hotel again. Best Regards, baoqin Zhang
4 out of 5
by Oakman from San Francisco, CA

Great rooms. Long but interesting walk to metro

Posted Jul 31, 2014 on Hotels
Stayed in the 2nd cheapest room (just above budget single) and the room was very comfortable. Well lit, nicely appointed bathroom, great bedding, good views. Wifi is now available in rooms by renting a router for about US$1.50 per day. If your device accepts an ethernet cable, internet access is free. There was lots to choose from at the included breakfast but nothing was particularly appealing. While the hotel is at least a 20 minute walk from the nearest metro stop, Xianmen, the walk there through the hutongs is very interesting at all hours, particularly in the evening. Just cross the pedestrian bridge a short block north of the hotel and take the stairs down to the left for the most interesting hutong alley. Authentic Beijing street scenes which I might have missed if I'd stayed at a more centrally located hotel.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 11, 2015 by baoqin, Hotel Management
Thanks for you staying here. Welcome you come again .