In Beijing I prebooked through hotels dot com. I’ve finally got to the point where I get a free night and am actually pretty close to another so that’s very exciting. I rifled through so many hotels in Beijing that all looked much of a muchness before settling on Jade Garden Hotel, which is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, so it gets good marks for location.
I didn’t see any sign of a garden, but the road it was on had some good restaurants which was nice. There is a small issue with a bit of a scam going on as it’s obviously a tourist area where I was approached on a number of occasion by a random woman asking to go to a coffee shop to chat and practice English. Apparently they have some deal going with the shop and the shop then charges an exorbitant (over 100 bucks apparently) amount for a few coffees. Something to be aware of if you stay in the area or indeed are passing through it.
The reception was quiet. There were two people behind the counter, they spoke very little English. I had a posted ticket to collect for my train journey onwards to Mongolia, but no-one seemed to know about it, even the concierge. I asked the concierge to look in his room, and five seconds later he turned up with it, massively surprised that it was there. I had to leave a 200 RMB deposit at reception too. They tried to put it on the credit card but couldn’t get the machine to work.
I paid $175 Australian for two nights so just over 90 bucks a night but it was initially cheaper, when I had booked for three, but I only got 44 bucks back on the night I cancelled. In this day and age, 90 bucks is midrange. And it wasn’t too bad as far as value for money goes.
The room was clean, but a little dated. A light green tinge to the walls. I guess that’s the Jade. It actually felt like it was a hotel from the 80s somehow. Complementary water, decent amount of space, free wifi which has limited use in China with all the blocking the government do. The room was clean but not spotless.
The bathroom was nice. It had a bath which I very much enjoyed on both evenings. Very relaxing. Not much of a view out of the window, mostly rooves. All in all there was decent service, it was comfortable, the air conditioning was okay, if it was 10-20 bucks cheaper (which it kinda was before I cancelled a night) I’d stay there again. And the location was hard to beat!
Value for Money: 3.5/5
TOTAL: 17/25 (68/100)
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