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Top 9 Budget Hotels In Vibrant Beijing, China

Diya
Updated Oct 10, 2017

Beijing, the massive and vibrant capital of China, is a unique and diverse mix of history and modernity. With a colorful past that dates back over 3 millennia, the fast-paced city has blended that old with the new, presenting a dynamic destination that has still retained its authentic Old World charm.


While the capital’s rich cultural heritage, especially the magnificent Great Wall, draws thousands of tourists every year, you’ll also be struck by its dazzling skyline that makes for an impressive sight alongside the imperial relics. Boasting a diverse food culture, green vistas, a rocking nightlife, and of course, some of the finest historical remnants in the world, Beijing now bags the top spot on every traveler’s bucket list.

Here are some of the budget-friendly hotels in Beijing, China.

1. Beijing 161 Wangfujing Hotel (from 56 USD / 371 CNY)

Snagging a central yet quiet spot, Hotel 161 offers easy access to the city’s attractions and transportation links, with Dong Si Subway Station located within 5 minutes’ walking distance. Additionally, the property is only a 10-minute drive to popular hotspots like Jingshan Park and Tiananmen Square, while being steps away from several local eateries and shops. The bright, airy rooms are simply, but tastefully furnished with wooden furniture and standard amenities like cable TV, private bath, and air-conditioning. The hotel also rents out bikes for an easy commute and has an in-house tour desk for your day trips, tickets, and visits to the local sights. Make sure you grab a cup of their fresh coffee in the lobby before heading out for the day.

Beijing 161 Wangfujing Hotel

Address: No. 161 Lishi Hutong, Dongsinandajie, Dongcheng, 100010 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 56 USD / 371 CNY

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2. Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel (from 105 USD / 696 CNY)

This traditional hotel, set in a historic Hutong area, is less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, while the Dongsi Subway Station is merely a 5-minute walk and the buzzing Wangfujing shopping district a short stroll away. With ancient layouts, rich Chinese fabrics, dark wood furnishings, and antique-like decorative pieces, the property offers an authentic Chinese-style living experience. You can either opt for the tour desk services to arrange hassle-free day trips or explore the lovely sights on a bike at your own pace; either way, you’ll definitely experience ‘double happiness’ in this magical city.

eijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel

Address: No. 37, Dongsisitiao, Dongcheng, 100010 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 105 USD / 696 CNY

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3. Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House (from 49 USD / 325 CNY)

The courtyard house is yet another traditional Chinese-style accommodation in the heart of the city. Less than a mile (1.6 km) from Beihai Park and the Forbidden City, and a 10-minute walk to Nanluoguxiang cultural street and Hou Hai lakeside area, the property boasts air-conditioned rooms with Oriental furnishings and decor, an onsite tour desk, and in-house dining options including both traditional favorites and Western classics. It also offers free Wi-Fi along with complimentary postal and bike rental services.

Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House

Address: No. 57, NianZi HuTong, Jingshanhoujie., Dongcheng, 100009 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 49 USD / 325 CNY

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4. Lake View Hotel (from 78 USD / 517 CNY)

The aptly named hotel, overlooking Lake Longtan, provides 5-star accommodation at 3-star prices. The elegant rooms come with plush modern furnishings, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and full-length windows that offer stunning views of the city or the lake. The property is also pretty close to major tourist hubs like Beijing Amusement Park, only a mile away (1.6 km), and Temple Heaven, 10 minutes by car, while its proximity to Jianguomen Subway Station, a 5-minute drive, links you with rest of the city. And with 6 dining options, you needn’t even step out for food, as they’ve got everything covered, from traditional Chinese items to healthy herbal dishes.

Lake View Hotel

Address: NO.19 Panjiayuan Road, Chaoyang, 100021 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 78 USD / 517 CNY

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5. Holiday Inn Express (from 75 USD / 497 CNY)

With a central location, this budget Holiday Inn property is around a 15-minute walk from Tao Ran Ting Station Line 4, and a 10-minute drive from popular hubs like Qianmen Ancient Shopping Street, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. An ideal stay for both leisure and business travelers, the hotel offers all modern amenities including a tour desk, a coin-operated launderette, a fully fitted business center, as well as free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. The modern rooms come with an en-suite bathroom, beverage-making facilities, a work desk, and a flat-screen TV.

Holiday Inn Express

Address: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng, 100050 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 75 USD / 497 CNY

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6. Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (from 102 USD / 676 CNY)

It would be a shame not to experience the Chinese way of living when in mainland China. Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel offers just that and more, with its traditional rooms featuring antique furnishings coupled with Western comforts. Enjoy the privileges of wooden framed beds and quaint Chinese tea sets along with a minibar and satellite television. The famous Wangfujing Street and Chaoyangmen Subway Station can be reached in 10 minutes on foot or you can rent a car or bike from the hotel and set out on faster and leisurely day trips. For a lazy day at the hotel, the central courtyard gardens make for a good spot for reading or day-dreaming.

Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel

Address: No. 5 Deng Cao Hutong Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng, 100010 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 102 USD / 676 CNY

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7. Beijing Qianyuan Hotel (from 102 USD / 676 CNY)

This swanky, centrally located property features tasteful designs and easy connectivity. Just 600 meters (0.4 mi) from Beixinqiao Subway Station, this establishment lies within 10 minutes’ drive to Yonghe Temple and 10 minutes’ walk to the busy Guijie Street dotted with plenty of local restaurants. Besides well-equipped fitness and business centers, Beijing Qianyuan Hotel boasts warm, cozy, fully carpeted rooms with modern furnishings and an en suite bath. The on-site restaurant dishes out delicious local delights, following which enjoying a few moments of uninterrupted peace, over a cup of freshly made coffee, is always a good idea.

Beijing Qianyuan Hotel

Address: No.19 Dongzhimennei Ave, Dongcheng, 100007 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 102 USD / 676 CNY

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8. Citytel Inn (from 66 USD / 437 CNY)

A 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, a 10-minute walk to Wangfujing Shopping Street and Subway Station, and a 10-minute drive to Beijing Railway Station – needless to say, this property enjoys an excellent locational advantage and easy connectivity to public transportation links. Featuring elegant designs paired with wooden flooring, the spacious rooms are fitted with a work desk, a cable TV, and an electric kettle. A 24-hour front desk and an active tour desk definitely make life easier for guests, while the hotel restaurant serves everything from light snacks to full traditional meals, which you can also enjoy from the comfort of your room.

Citytel Inn

Address: Block C and D, Nanheyan Street, Dongcheng, 100006 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 66 USD / 437 CNY

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9. Xijiao Hotel Beijing (from 73 USD / 484 CNY)

With Beijing Language and Culture University as a landmark neighbor, Xijiao Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Wudaokou Subway Station and around 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Summer Palace and Olympic Sports Center. Featuring a spa center, an indoor pool, and recreational facilities like a tennis court, a bowling alley, and karaoke rooms, the sprawling property boasts fully air-conditioned rooms that come with an en suite bath, a minibar, coffee maker, and essential toiletries. The six on-site restaurants are enough to send you to food heaven by serving mind-melting Cantonese, Japanese, and Korean cuisines alongside fresh seafood and Western options, while the excellent Internet coverage ensures you get to flood your Insta handle with enviable holiday pictures.

Xijiao Hotel Beijing

Address: No.18 Wang Zhuang Road, Hai Dian, 100083 Beijing, China (see map)

Price: from 73 USD / 484 CNY

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Discover Beijing: a heady yet classic blend of old and new

Home to some of the finest remnants of China’s rich and intriguing past, the capital city of Beijing is a destination of diverse interests that attracts the attention of all kinds of travelers – historians, outdoor adventurers, solo backpackers, art lovers, and the general holiday-hungry souls. From scenic hiking trails to grand, imposing monuments to an active food and shopping culture, the city never fails to astonish and delight at the same time. For a good dose of Asian culture, look no further than the bustling capital which also provides access to one of the greatest architectural wonders of the world: the Great Wall.

This article was originally published on Sep 12, 2017

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A spontaneous trip-planner, Diya is a freelancer from India who is now settled in Singapore. She loves reading, sketching, and exchanging travel stories with her friends (mostly for her handwritten...Read more

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