Central west of the city, close to Pingan’li Subway (Line 4). It’s within respectable range of Beihai Park and the Forbidden City - use the free bike hire service and you can get there in 15 minutes through the alleys. Although a new build, it’s on the edge of a cool hutong neighbourhood with a vibrant local food market next door, and my favourite temple – Bai Ta Si – a short wander south.
Standard rooms are clean, simple and tiny, with comfier than average beds and a welcome absence of stale smoke odours. For such a modest rate you get a flat-screen TV, mini-bar snacks, WiFi, and a shower room with towels and toiletries. Avoid the underground level with its windowless rooms. Superior rooms and suites are great value for the space.
A small entrance lobby has a few chairs and tables where you can buy coffee and biscuits. Corridors are nice and bright, not dingy and grubby like you might expect at comparatively priced chains.
Eating and drinking
Limited to snacks from the lobby – and the free oranges, of course.
A decent extra for the price is the two hours of free bike rental per day – enough to give you a whistle-stop tour of the local hutongs or a quick lap around the Forbidden City.
Staff in their black and orange tracksuits are well-drilled provided you don’t have any major issues that require decent levels of spoken English.
Who stays there
A youngish crowd of Chinese business and leisure travellers, and the odd Western tourist.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- People watching
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Decent rooms for the price
- The best of the budget chains
- Not great for tour bookings
- Low levels of English