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Reviewed 30 October 2012

Having read dire warnings about surly staff, filthy carpets and pervasie smoky smells,, we were prepared for the worst. In fact the hotel was nothing like this. It was clean and smoke free, and the staff were pleasant and helpful.

The room was decent, although we did find the bed to be uncomfortably hard - as indeed we did with out next hotel in Xi'An. Apart from a loose toilet seat, everything was in good order. Usefully there were two sockets that took our UK plugs without the need for an adaptor. This was as well as the adaptors we bought in the UK didn't work in Chinese sockets as they are missing the earth pin, and so couldn't be inserted. (In fact most hotels have at least sockets that take European style 2-pin plugs.) If you do find that you need an adaptor you can get one at any electrical store or market for small change, but do remember to haggle. (Start at half the asking price and budge as little as possible.)

The Breakfast is about par for the course for Chinese restaurants, with a good selection. It is possible to concoct an English breakfast, although the sausages were nothing special (they never seem to be), the "baked beans" were decidedly odd, and for some reason the "egg roll" (scrambled egg) had peas in it.

There is a nice restaurant across the road where you can sample such local delicacies as "hot steamed bum", and just down the road is a small cake shop.

The main drawback to this hotel is its location. It's in a rather run down suburb a mile south of Tienanmen Square, and the nearest metro station is a good 15 minute walk away. At least if you have an east facing room - and can see that far through the smog - you will have a view of the Temple of Heaven (and the large ferris wheel).

One final warning. Never drink tap water in China. Always use bottled water. Otherwise you risk getting "Beijing belly"!

Room Tip: East facing rooms have a better view (smog permitting)
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank nedsram
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Reviewed 30 October 2012 via mobile

Rainbow Hotel -Beijing
1. Rooms : clean. Not very big, air-con not very good at all but it seems that in October many of the hotels turn their air conditioning off altogether. The rooms could do with a bit of paint, minibar supplies sparse but adequate, 69 TV channels but only 2 in English, Bit of hanging space in cupboard with a safe.
2. Beds: firm, clean, plenty of pillows. Sheets only changed on request.
3. Bathroom: clean, shower in bath, beware of items that are not free ( razor, some creams, manicure sets, sex aids etc). Towels a little old & coarse, changed on request. Plenty of hot water.
4. Reception: pleasant and helpful. Pretty efficient.
5. Breakfast: plenty to eat, bacon, eggs, etc often cold, advertised times are from 7:30 to 9:30 but staff start clearing tables at 8:30 and packing up the food at 9:00. When juices, fruits etc run out they are not replenished. Staff work hard enough but lack good hotel skills training. Staff don't interact with guests. I suspect this is mainly due to the communication gap. When you find an employee who can speak English they tend to be very friendly and willing to help.
6. Restaurant: food is well priced at Y45 for a steak but tea can be extremely expensive at Y80 per cup.
7. Location: area is mostly commercial. Close enough to attractions to catch metered taxis which are cheap. However at night it seems taxis operate with their meters off and you need to negotiate carefully before getting into the taxi the price can quadruple.
7. Money: bank right next door with very helpful English speaking staff. Aside from the tour staff these were some of the friendliest people we came across.
8. English: Some staff have a very limited understanding. Cleaning staff understand no English 

  • Stayed: October 2012
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4  Thank KZNTravel
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

I think you basically get what you pay for with this hotel. The rooms were fairly clean but very comfortable. The bathroom was clean but a bit old. The hotel is in an okay location, you can get a bus straight to Tienanmen square. The buses are very cheap and they only cost 1 CNY. You could also get a taxi if you get a bit lost and that should only cost less than 20 CNY. The hotel should be able to tell the taxi where you want to go. The staff at the hotel are okay. Some can only speak English but those that do not are very frustrating and seem like they cant be bothered to try. Those that are wearing black uniforms seem to have a better understanding in communication.

I went with my family and whilst my room was okay, my parents found a mouse in their room! So I recommend you check the rooms out beforehand.

Room Tip: I thought our room was quite even though we were facing the front. The hotel is in a good location but if you wanted to spend a tad more, you could look into hotels in the wufujing area, as that is the central area.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank VMHCMC
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This was our first hotel stop on our tour, the hotel was not in the worst area, there were restaurants and shops near by to get drinks etc.

The bedroom was an adequate size, large bed (hard but common in China), sleep quality and cleanliness of bedding was fine. There was a smoke smell in the room which wasn't very nice but you did get used to it. Rooms had a (old) hair dryer, wardrobe space & empty fridge to use. Also they had free internet in the room, take a good quality/reliable ethernet cable with you, decent d/l speeds of 150kbps .

Breakfast was good, variety of options and enough to start you up for the day with a mixture of western and traditional food. They had the tastiest scrambled eggs from the 7/8 hotels we stayed in on our trip (just pick out the rock hard peas ;)

The bathrooms & carpet are issues that need addressing, there is rust and mold buildup around the toilet paper holders, towel racks etc. The carpet looks like they all just need an industrial clean. It's small things like that that would probably make people more likely to return. Unfortunately if I had the choice in picking the place I wouldn't pick here but if this is one of the hotels on your tour no need to worry too much. Loads to do in Beijing that you won't spend much time in the hotel :)

Tip: BBQ place near the hotel was really nice, try it!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Reensx
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

As soon as we went to the hotel we were shown a basket of items that we would have to pay for if we used these were sexual products. There was no complimentary water provided to clean teeth.
Once got to the room the carpet had not been cleaned and there was hair in the bath and stains in the toilet, I felt like I had arrived at a 1 star hotel on a bad day, such a shame as if the room had its carpets cleaned, and good cleaning. I could have stayed ther. Deb

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
Thank Deborah C
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