I decided to review hotels separately to try to keep my posts short and readable.
So here is one for Crystal Orange Hotel in Beijing, China.
I booked a deluxe queen room with no breakfast cos I see no point in it. Room size is ok.. There is a pet fish in every room (I think) which is pretty cool but I barely noticed its existence so doesn’t really have any effect on me. And thoughtfully, they placed one mini Dove chocolate each on each pillow.. 🙂
This hotel is located in what looks like a CBD area. Distance from hotel to the nearest station, Yong’anli is about 750m. You will pass a small alley and a right turn passing by tall office buildings and a small street of cafes and eateries. It can be quite dark at night too because the streets are not brightly lit. You can walk but I would suggest for you to rent a bicycle to cycle to and fro. I took Ofo and basically the rides are free. If you do not have the app, download it from the app store, register with your mobile number and place a refundable deposit of CNY199. There is no halal or muslim-friendly restaurants nearby either except for one possible restaurant near the station.
I like the room but for location-wise, I would rather be staying at Gotel Capital which is much much nearer to the train station.. probably about 100-150m walk. I saw the rooms online and it’s not bad looking.
Near Yong’anli station though, there’s this market building called Silk Street Market which sells mainly clothes.
I realise that in Beijing, there is no more night market or those outdoor street markets. What they have is a “market” inside a building like a mall. But it is still called a market. It is a touristy place so you know what to expect there. Vendors do tout and can be aggressive. So do be careful.
There are some International cuisine restaurants there too in case you get hungry after shopping. For Muslim tourists, I saw one Turkish Restaurant there but I’m not sure if it’s halal. You can check on it if you are at the location.
Oh! If you ever need help finding your way to the hotel, here is what you should be showing your driver:
That’s pretty much all in Yong’an Li area.. There is nothing much to do here except for office buildings, a 7-11 nearby the hotel and some shops along the street and this mall near the station. Have fun exploring!