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 stayed here for 4 nights in September. We took a taxi from the airport and paid about 400 yuan. Check in was smooth. The room we got was on 3rd floor. The room was clean and smell fresh. Basic coffee and tea facility. Soft drinks in fridge was free for consumption during our stay. The bedlinen was clean too. The toilet is a decent size but seems slippery. They do provide bath slippers which I didn’t use during my stay. The hotel could improve by fixing a shower curtain as the shower water tends to splash to the other part of the toilet. They do provide toiletries, hair dryer and towels. The housekeeping does a decent job in making up the room everyday. The front office staffs were helpful. There are a few of them who could speak English so that was helpful, especially a staff named ‘Winters’. There is a convenient store just next to the hotel. The are a lot of eateries opposite the hotel which is convenient. We didn’t try out the hotel breakfast so no comment on that.
Unfortunately we were here during the military rehearsals for the 70th anniversary celebration. This meant that, whilst this was a pleasant hotel in a good location, we didn’t enjoy being confined to it after 6pm on a Saturday night to watch the tanks roll past the hotel window. We were also unable to go to the Great Wall as we would not have arrived back before the curfew.
Beijing on the biz it was. According to the map it seems the main city center attractions are in walking distance during my very limited free time. So it was and also one of these western fast food chains was in walking distance, no need to negotiate with the taxi drivers. Arrived at PEK airport in the early morning, it´s absolutely necessary to have you´re hotel details written in Chinese letters to show it to the taxi drivers. They do not talk in English and can´t read western style. Expect roundabout 100.00 Yuan and do not accept any driver without a meter running.
Early at the hotel and early Check-In was ok, a real plus here. Step out of the hotel to the left there are just a good couple of meters to go for Tiananmen and the historic area around, to the right is more non-touristic and also a good number of restaurants. Room was spacious, also the bathroom, glass only between room and bathroom and it was clean for the first view, but not really everywhere when you go en detail. Everything from the fridge was free with my rate, one more plus here. Slept well, some noise from other hotel guests was to notice, but nothing really bad. No hotel breakfast according to my schedule for the next day, really nice staff during Check-Out also, later on back at Capital airport, taxameter cab only, roundabout the same fare. All in a recommendable place to stay with my intentions.