How many times have you arrived at a hotel and realised it is nothing like what the advertisements say? To help you avoid that sticky situation, here are my honest opinion and independent reviews.
Beijing Service Apartment – Rich & Young Beijing Guangqumen Service Apartment
(In Chinese, it is called 北京睿邻服务公寓, aka Ruilin Service Apartment)
3 of us were travelling to Beijing. Since we were a bit sceptical about getting an Airbnb in China, we decided to rent a service apartment. Managed to find this service apartment on Booking.com with good reviews and it’s inexpensive – just under CNY 2,800 for 5 nights.
I had issues finding the apartment on the Google Map since the location shown on Booking.com website and the actual address did not match. The apartment is actually part of a bigger development called Mid-Town and it is a mixed commercial and residential development. You can use Fei Tian Hotel as a reference since it is just across the (small) street.
We stayed in unit 812 and it was relatively clean with washing machine and a stove. We had a good size 2 bedroom apartment that came with 2 double beds, a big living room and 1 bathroom with bathtub. However the stove top was stained and we didn’t dare use it.
Even though the apartment is not right in town centre, it is near to Guangqumenwai station which is about 3 minutes walk from the apartment. You just need to travel 4 or 5 stations to get to Tiananmen stations. The fare is CNY 3 per trip if you buy the single journey ticket.
We liked the location of the apartment especially since it is quiet and not in a touristy area. There is also a Maan Coffee café downstairs in the same building where you can have very good waffles all day long! There’s also a Starbucks 2 minutes away, a 24-hours conveniences store, different banks all around and a massage place across the street (which we went almost every day!). We loved the convenience.
One of the things we didn’t really like about the apartment was the bathtub which had no shower curtain. The toilet floor will get wet after we shower every single time. But it wasn’t a biggie.
For the price and location, I would recommend this service apartment. I think the company has a few other apartments in the same building and it looks like they are all probably pretty similar.
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