Hotel Kapok Beijing
What We Love
- A stylish boutique hotel near Beijing's Forbidden City, with a local day tour includedThe Zen-like aesthetics, especially in the bright and airy courtyard
- Savoring an adventurous, spicy lunch at the hotel's Xiang Jian Ba Bar and Restaurant
- Exploring the Forbidden City and the rest of Beijing on a rented bicycle
What To Know
- There's a library, game room and spa
- It's a 10-minute walk to the Wangfujing shopping district
- The glass-walled bathrooms don't offer much in privacy
Immerse yourself in Beijing’s rich culture with a stay at an elegant boutique hotel. The aesthetic at Hotel Kapok Beijing is sleek – a calming white palette paired with an expanse of glass and complemented with touches of greenery. During the day, interiors are bright and airy, with plenty of natural light. Come nightfall, the space lights up with the sparkle of tiny twinkle lights from the inner courtyard.
Traditional Chinese icons, such as the lantern and bamboo, are incorporated as design concepts, resulting in a soothing, Zen-like ambiance. Rooms are equally relaxing, with a relaxed style that, like the hotel, is a mix of both contemporary and traditional, natural elements.
Located in the Dong Cheng District, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the famous Forbidden City, plus an easy 10-minute walk to the popular Wangfujing shopping district and a 20-minute walk to Tiananmen Dong Subway Station. This is the perfect base for discovering the city’s best cultural landmarks, and the hotel even has cars and bicycles on hand to rent to make the exploring even easier.
How to Get There
We ended our China trip at this hotel and it was excellent. Room was clean and spacious. It also had a courtyard attached to it (ants included). Hotel staff very friendly. Was an easy walk to sights from the hotel.
Breakfast buffet was included in the room and was of excellent quality.
We had a a design suite for 2 adults and 2 children. The room was large with plenty of seating. The main bed was comfortable but the sofa bed was not. Lucky the children were small enough to lie across and avoid the hard wooden bar. The bathroom was very big with a huge feature bath, separate shower and plenty of toiletries. Everything was very clean and we didn't see any mosquitoes.
The best thing about the hotel is being a few minutes walk from the Forbidden City. There are restaurants and shops across the road where you can get what you need. The Wangfujing shopping area is also very close. However, the Metro is quite a walk and not practical with luggage.
The breakfast buffet is good with a choice of Asian and Western dishes, fruit, breads etc. The Chinese pancakes, cooked on demand by the egg chef, are delicious.
The laundry service was good but pricey.
Overall, good hotel for sightseeing in Beijing.
I do apologize in advance my fellow readers for such a late posting (only a year later, lol)
Between my busy life and the amount of travel I do (2 per month on average) is difficult sometimes catching up.
So here it goes: I can believe how time flies.
Exactly a year ago I was embarking on my first (believe it or not) Asian trip.
Starting my journey in Beijing, the Chinese Capital, I was looking for 1) Good Hotel
2) Good Location & the obvious
3) Good price
After much research and hesitation I came across this hotel which I was dubious at first to book it keeping in mind (those whom had read my previous articles knows this very well) I always preach: if you don’t want surprises then book American Chain Hotels while abroad to avoid any disappointments.
At least in this case this statement proofed to be wrong; maybe because the overall Asian Standards are better then the European ones ? At least when it comes to airlines everyone knows Asian carriers are light years away from even the best us airliner.
Point in case : this hotel is centrally located only minutes away from the metro station, famous Tiananmen Square and the shopping malls including thankfully a Starbucks and Dunking Donuts, when it comes to food sorry but didn’t do well with all that Chinese Food.
The property offers all the convenience of any US hotels and the kind of amenities we are use to in these parts of the world including English speaking front desk staff but not concierge services.
The rooms are nice and clean, a bit on the small side but nothing out of the ordinary.
My only tip is : not only get a room on the highest possible floor but also facing the rear not the street as this hotel is located on a busy avenue where you constantly hear the street noise specially in the early morning hours when the city is waking up.
I didn’t try the restaurant on site however did order tea which was delicious and highly recommended.
Pricing was perfect including the service although Chinese people don’t stand up when it comes to customer service still this place was perfect for my 3 days stay.