Beijing Guangming Hotel3.5 out of 5.0
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This was a good hotel for a business travel or travel when time is not spent in hotel. Clean and good service. Chinese hotel which looks and feels Chinese, while good English skilled staff. I could stay here again a night or two.
I spent a 7-week period in the Guangming Hotel, which was booked for me by my company. The room was a little small for storage of all my business clutter, and the (free) WiFi was frustratingly slow at times. But otherwise it was an excellent place for an extended stay - and, although few staff could speak English, I took the trouble always to greet and smile at them, and they were friendly and helpful in return. A good buffet breakfast is included in the room charge, and there are 2 restaurants within the hotel - one Chinese and the other Japanese. There are many eating places in nearby Lucky Street and Solana Lifestyle Park, the hotel has its own 7/11 convenience store, and there is a small supermarket very close by. It doesn't take long to walk to the nearest station giving access to Beijing's extensive subway (metro) system. A few technical problems occurred with my room, as one might expect during a stay of almost 2 months, but they were always sorted out on the day I reported them. In summary, I have pleasure in recommending this hotel.
I stayed here for 2 nights for business. It is about a 4 star hotel, by Western standards. The rooms are comfortable, but the beds are very firm. I like firm, but even by my standards it was very hard. Good amount of space in room, clean, but needs new carpets. Breakfast is usual hotel fare, western and Asian cuisine. I had breakfast at 7am, everything was hot and OK, I did not have the problem that other reviewers mentioned, maybe better early in the morning. Please note the hotel is in room wifi, but a lot of the western websites are blocked in China. Could not use google or facetime. Short walk to the subway, which is one of the best in the world. Fast frequent trains, modern, clean stations. Short walk to road with a lot of restaurants to try, turn left after exiting the hotel. There is a convenience store on site, which helps for those small things.
This hotel was booked for me whilst on business. Location was convenient but to be honest there were much nicer hotels also very close by. Rooms tired and had a dirty feel to them, looked like they needed a good deep clean. Bed was the hardest that I have every slept in, not comfortable at all. Overall recommendation - try somewhere else.
The lobby is large and airy, there is ample food and variety for breakfast and rooms are both modern and clean, but the beds are the hardest I have ever encountered, the room temperature was difficult to regulate and there is very little storage space in the room apart from a somewhat limited hanging area. The location is convenient for shopping and for the subway, but there is no outside space at this hotel, although having a convenience store in the hotel is, as the name would suggest, convenient. This hotel would be ok for a short stay but the lack of drawers and cupboards indicates that most people don't stay long and I guess you get what you pay for.
I had an urgent meeting in Beijing in my embassy and chose this hotel as it was barely 500 metres away. Its in the district of all embassies and I didn't want to waste time searching or in traffic. I reached late at night and my initial experience was stressful as the reception said they couldnt find the booking at all! It took an hour and ultimately they took all the details and upgraded me to their massive suite. the suite had a bedroom, hall, dining room, kitchen , washer dryer, jacuzzi ....you mention it and it is there!! Unfortunately I had barely a few hours to sleep. Morning I went down for breakfast which was awful! As a Muslim , I was only able to eat pastries as each and every item had pork in it! I met the manager who was very nice and apologized for the error in booking and cancelled the extra charges of my card. I was able to do all my work well within my time frame mainly because of the location. The concierge was alsoa great person who got me a very good rate on the taxi to return to airport. I left the hotel totally satisfied
I have stayed at this a hotel a few times and my experience is quite mixed. The staff is usually very friendly even though the last time I was accused of stealing cups from the room. The breakfast is okay, but not more. As often in China the food that is supposed to be eaten warm is simply already cold when you put it in your plate. In the breakfast room it is also still allowed to smoke and the smokers are not sufficiently separated from those who do not smoke. The rooms are quite nice and spacious. Last time at stayed at Guangming the air condition in my room was broken and so I was freezing in the night and when the sun hit the windows it was quite warm inside. A service lady tried to "repair" it but didn't manage. I have never had dinner at the hotel because there is a street with nice restaurant right around the corner. The gym is quite good and the hotel also has a small supermarket which offers quite a lot of things. A subway station is a 15 minutes walk away but tin general the hotel is quite far away from the city center. I would not pick this hotel for a vacation trip to explore the city simply because it is too far away.
Star ratings can be hit and miss in China, this place is rated 4 star but not as you know it in the real world. yes its half the price of most 5 star hotels and about 10x less in quality as well. If you are a westerner on a budget then there are a number of better choices in Beijing. If you like a "bed" that is hard (very hard) with hard pillows to match then this is the place for you. While only a few years old its showing some signs for poor maintenance. The air-con in my room stopped working, so they had to change rooms. :( You can get wifi but have to ask for a modem. There is a dodgy "Massage" place on the 3rd floor. The best thing about the place is the supermarket just off from the ground floor.
Stayed three nights on business. Check in was relatively easy, large room, booked a suite, most everything worked fine. Breakfast kind of left me cold. I know many people probably not great fans of Chinese style breakfast, but I have stayed in many Chinese hotels and even their Chinese food just wasnt very exciting. Every morning I would wander around looking for something that appealed to me, and went back to the table with very little. Lunch upstairs in the restaurant was pretty good though. The front desk was pretty rude when my wife checked out and asked for help with a taxi. Said everyone too busy, despite the fact the three people behind the front desk had all the time in the world to stand and chat to each other.... This is my second stay there, probably wont be back.
No wifi, except a variable service in the dining room. No business centre, despite the promise of one. No AC except a window. In noisy smog city, are you sure? Yet there's a controller on the wall. When I asked about it I learned that AC is centrally controlled in the basement. Bed is the hardest slab I've ever encountered anywhere. So it's disconnected, much too hot (even in March) and uncomfortable. The staff are pleasant but unable to help. A report below said this was not a 4 star...agreed. It doesn't meet regular international standards of many 3 stars. There are many better options on this drag.
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80% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 121 reviews