Lake View Hotel5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Stayed here on business for one night only. Room comfortable though small in comparison to some hotels I have stopped in, with a view of the park. Reception spoke very little English unlike many hotel receptions. They have a buffet restaurant but I was late arriving and the restaurant had closed. Ate in a more formal Chinese restaurant, in the hotel. The food was delicious with a good, varied menus. Quite expensive though. The hotel felt less international than many I have stayed in.
For less than $90 CAD we had a great room and breakfast for 2 in a very good buffet restaurant included. Easy walk to Panjiayuan market and subway station. NOT in the "middle of Beijing" as another reviewer wrote, but in the southeast sector on the 2nd ring road. Bathroom had a most unpleasant odor wafting in, but that was extremely common across all of the city. NO AC, only heat. Windows have no screens, but neither do hotels in Europe.
We stayed here on a China Spree layover. Our king room was nicely appointed with attractive, somewhat vintage-style "Chinese Modern" details. The bedding and pillows were comfortable. There are some scratches and dings here and there, but the only real negative comment is about a bit of a black mold issue in the bathroom. The hotel's restaurant is quite good.
First of all, make sure you don't tell the taxi to take you to The Lake View Hotel, but to Lake View Hotel. My mistake, and it took me to the other side of Beijing, near University of Beijing and Tsinghua University (and it looked pretty nice, actually better than Lake View). But for convenience, Lake View was better. Very roomy room, bathroom with both a shower and a tub (didn't use the latter, but it was a nice touch). Nice walking distance to the lake, well stocked minibar, plenty of necessities stocked in the bathroom (though the free water provided was bit modest). Comfortable bed, good reading light. Excellent restaurants, serving food specifically prepared to be healthy (well worth it in Beijing).
We decided on Beijing for our honeymoon back in June 2013. ( review has taken a while as we since had a baby - made in China too) This was a lovely hotel very comfortable bed and very good location as taxi was cheap to go anywhere. The limited English didn't stop us as we used our phones to help translate. What an adventure. I would love to return perhaps when the baby can handle a long haul flight. Improvements on breakfast would be good and to make it cheaper to eat at the hotel. Outside of the hotel it's very cheap to eat but rip off to eat at the hotel. Excellent Tv channels as I remember enjoying evening in watching movies.
Radegast Lakeview has well designed rooms and a good location. Its located right opposite the Longtan park where we went for serene evening walks. They have a restaurant that customized and delivered some delicious vegetarian dishes.. something that came as a huge relief for us! Its not near a metro station. But we had booked our sightseeing tours already... it was not too much of a disadvantage for us. The views from the higher floors are impressive and this is a really well known hotel easy to locate.
Utterly ridiculous. No one speaks English at all. Front desk staff actually run and hide when they see you coming. No help with baggage coming or going. They could not retrieve voice messages for us, and phone did not dial out of hotel in our room. While waiting for call in lobby, concierge actually got so confused he handed me the phone when his girlfriend called. Had to go downstairs to request room service menu. It's like a Monty Python skit trying to order anything. Then got called and told to bring the menu back? They do not have 5 restaurants that is a lie. Only one that Westerners can use. We tried to go to only other restaurant in hotel. They walked us out, no English and no Menu translations so sorry. Buffet in cafeteria style restaurant is set price for dinner, we decide to try,get bill, it's way more expensive. I point out error, they say nope it's right. I ask why, after much discussion amongst staff, young waiter comes over and tells us (it's because it's Friday ) Paid for club room access, Mother inlaw decides to go have a cup of tea while I'm out. Staff refuse her entry, escort her back to elevators. Hugely embarrassing for her. I go to front desk and enquire why they saw fit to remove an elderly lady who had her keycard and was entitled to be there. Nope can't explain. They have what they call a lounge, it's not. Decide to have a coffee and read for a bit. Cost for one flat white $10.00 Aussie dollars. The hotel lobby is clean, the rooms and restaurant are most definitely not. The view is nice, but you have to pay for it, and it's not worth staying here for. No one greets you, and staff in lobby seem to be patrolling for invaders. Even though you need a keycard to use elevators. All up it was a terrible stay, this is not a good hotel. Find somewhere more pleasant to stay. And I'm aware that this is a foreign country and to expect they speak your language is asking a lot, but they state they are a 5 star hotel for international travellers. Don't say it if you can't deliver! Also must say its not near anything so a bad place to set up base for tourists. AVOID
My partner and I stayed here in May 2015. This hotel was really quite good, despite a minor hiccup with our credit card not working on arrival to pay the deposit. Rooms were very clean and spacious, massive and very comfortable bed. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, they were more than happy to assist us with taxis and directions. The cafe wasn't too bad, much of what you would expect from a buffet. All in all I enjoyed my stay at this hotel, and would recommend it to others.
When I booked this hotel I was told it was a 5 star, it is definately NOT! This hotel would be lucky to get two stars! I booked the hotel because it raved about the spa - sauna, steam room and pool. I travelled to China with my partner and found that I had no access to the sauna as it was based inside the male changing room and he had no access to the steam room which was based in the female changing room and I didn't use it as I found it was freezing cold! The pool was cold and in order to use it you had to purchase a swimming hat and the apparent Jacuzzi was terrible as the power jets hardly worked. The gym was tiny and had hardly any equipment so I choose to go out running instead by the river. Staff spoke very little English so were unable to assist with questions. One positive is that the room was clean although I regularly hurt my foot if not wearing footwear as the carpet grips were coming through the carpet. The hotel is not situated in a nice area and quite a long walk o the nearest subway station.
I’m really trying to see a positive side to this hotel ..well it’s cheap & some very nice views of the Longtan lake area ! If your looking for western levels of service then forget it ! Pretty much nobody speaks English (yes I know I’m in China) but it’s sold as a 5 star hotel. So trying to explain or ask for things is a major deal throwing the staff into a spin. Signing charges to your room becomes an exercise in phone calls and numerous staff looking concerned, it makes you feel like your trying to run off without paying? At one stage, I had a staff member try and stop me getting into the lift till they had a phone call from the front desk …unbelievable ?? I had paid a deposit via credit card on check-in ..as you usually do. The rooms were once much nicer and better but now they are starting to show neglect and poor house keeping. Dirty marks on the walls & stains on the furniture, power sockets not working. The bathroom felt like it need a good wipe-over in general as well the leaking shower head spraying everywhere. Unfortunate to say rather typical for this part of the world more style over substance and neglecting the basic’s . The rooms are hot and the AC is pretty much useless and having the window open is so noisy with the rooms facing the ring road..not to mention the pollution that’s coming in the window. The café is appalling, the service non existent ..it’s more like a school canteen than a 5 star hotel café. The food is very average and if you go from breakfast, go early ! It gets crowded and most tables are just left dirty. So yes ..not impressed at all - unless your on a very tight budget there are better deals out there.
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83% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 156 reviews