Central, but it’s a bit of a walk to the nearest subway (Dongzhimen, Line 2). On the plus side, the immediate area is great for eating, with several popular western and Chinese eateries including Jingzun, a stylish (and cheap) Peking duck joint just across the street. A minute away on Xingfucun Zhong Lu is western supermarket April Gourmet, stocked to the hilt with wine, fresh bread, pastries, an excellent deli and other imported goodies you might be craving after too many close encounters with chicken feet. And it’s just about walking distance to the nightlife and big name shopping of Sanlitun.
Not the biggest, but sparklingly new and typically well-laid out. The moderate price tag includes a flat-screen TV with international channels, big comfy beds, tea and coffee facilities, laptop safe, funky lime green armchair and surprisingly roomy, walk-in showers with lots of rolled towels. In-room WI-Fi also available.
Functional but well-appointed lobby, with marble floors, glass entrance, glitzy chandelier and generally more style than you’d expect from the brand. A self-service laundry is available too.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast takes place in a very spacious dining room with plenty of natural light. There's a cafe on the ground floor selling Chinese tea in little booths.
No fitness studio, but the large breakfast room has table football and other games.
Staff in salmon red jumpers don’t speak a great deal of English, but bend over backwards to help. As it's an 'Express', service is functional and rather more anonymous than other places.
Who stays there
Chinese business and leisure travellers, westerners visiting expat friends.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Live entertainment
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Close to restaurants and nightlife
- Comfortable beds
- Good quality accommodation for the price
- Limited English spoken
- Not ideal for booking trips to the sights