From the lobby, I was ushered to the 4th floor where my room is located. Really, I wasn't expecting anything more than a spacious deluxe room with a king size bed or perhaps two queen beds that hotels normally offer. One for me to sleep on, another to dump all my clothes on. Perfect!
As it turns out, I was given the Duplex Suite (approx. $216) and its a two-storey room! Yes, there's a small spiral staircase in one corner.
After making sure that I've settled in my room, my counterpart bid goodbye and told me to get some rest. All alone now, the first thing I did was to pull out my camera to document every nook and cranny of this amazing room. It took me a while to figure out how the mahjong table works and after a few minutes of pushing all buttons to no avail, I gave up and moved on.
It was past 9PM and feeling hungry since I barely ate during my flight from Guangzhou to Beijing, I decided to order food for room service. The menu was limited as it only had 10 food items available. Not wanting to upset my stomach on my first night in Beijing, I chose some Mushroom Soup and a bowl of Japanese Noodles with Seafood.
Note that ordering can be a challenge as most of the hotel staff from the front desk to the room service and even housekeeping couldn't speak English. Once again, I survived with my broken Mandarin mixed with English. At least, they got what I wanted on my
The hotel is pretty simple with not much amenities yet. I heard that they will soon offer spa services perhaps within the coming months or by next year. The hotel's location is not that accessible as the nearest subway station is still blocks away and I heard there's a bus that stops nearby but I wasn't able to try that yet. Whenever we go out on our own, we had to take the cab which can also be a challenge to get as the hotel is not located in a the main road and whenever we try to ask the taxi driver to take us to the hotel, they would ask us to pay a higher price. Some things that I dislike about Beijing. Their taxi drivers can be really abusive to foreigners as they will force you to agree to such a high rate and they drive quite recklessly too. Be sure to go to Beijing fully insured, my friends.
While going around, I took note of some hotels near the subway station like the Novotel Hotel, Marriott City Wall and the Swissotel Beijing Center. I'll make a mental note to consider them on my next visit to Beijing, China.
XiZhao Temple Hotel Beijing is located at 15 Middle Xizhaosi Street (Xizhaosi Zhong Jie), Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100061, China. You may book this hotel via Agoda.com or directly through the hotel's official website.