My husband and I and our teenage girl spent one week at the Lee Garden Service Apartment during March Break 2012. We love this place and will definitely stay there again. It's like our home away from home. Location is excellent - just 2 buildings away from Wangfujing Shopping Street. There's the newly renovated APM Mall (previously called Sun Dong An Plaza) around the corner (http://www.beijingapm.cn/en). There's a Western-style supermarket in the basement level of the Mall where we bought our groceries. Subway stop was about 15 minutes walk down Wangfujing Street. The Peninsula Hotel is just a block away on the same street.
I booked a 2-bedroom apartment through Agoda. It's about 1,200 sq.ft. One king bed in Master Bedroom, and one queen bed in the 2nd bedroom. Master bathroom had tub & shower plus a separate walk-in shower. The 2nd bathroom had tub & shower. Lots of closets and drawers and plenty of hangers in both bedrooms. There's a safe in the Master Bedroom.
The kitchen had a fridge/freezer, microwave, stove, washer/dryer, electric water kettle. We ate out every day, so we didn't use any of the cooking utensils. We only used the drinking glasses and coffee cups. It would be helpful if they had more dishes and cups for bigger families. Free bottled water (1 per guest) was provided everyday.
If you've travelled in Asia before, you know their washer/dryer is very small compared to the North American models and they're one piece of equipment with both washing and drying functions. We had to do our laundry every night, due to the washer capacity. Instead of using the dryer, we hung all our clothes near the vent in the living room, and they were all dry the next morning. Very convenient. The hotel didn't supply dishwashing or laundry detergent though.
Wired internet was available in the Master Bedroom. There's a network cable in the desk drawer. We brought our own portable wireless router, so all 3 of us could use our iPods and iPads in the apartment. There's no WiFi in the hotel.
We had buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant twice. It's about RMB90/person. They served standard stuff like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, breads, juices, fruits, cook-to-order omelettes, plus some Chinese congees, steamed buns and dim sums. Quality was pretty good. We also had dinner at the restaurant twice (too tired to go out), and both times we were the only guests. Nothing fancy or interesting on the dinner menu.
The employees were all friendly and polite. The 3 Bellmen we met were the kindest, most pleasant and helpful we have seen in all our travels around the world.
There's a gym, indoor swimming pool, children's play room, and business centre in the basement level.
I agree that the hotel is getting old, and some areas of the apartment (ie. window frames, door frames, kitchen cupboards) need renovation. Having said that, it's still a comfortable, safe and clean place to stay, and the spaciousness of the apartment, the price and the location cannot be beaten. I will not hesitate recommending Lee Garden to my friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ∙ Distinctively located within Beijing’s Central Wang Fu Jing Commercial District ∙ Adjacent to the world-famous Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square ∙ 5 minutes step away to the Wang Fu Jing Avenue and the Oriental Plaza Office buildings ∙ 5 minutes steps away to the Beijing City Subway Station Line# 5 and Line#1 ∙ 10 minutes drive to the Beijing Railway Station ∙ 40 minutes drive to the Beijing Capital International Airport Re-Opening: Match 1st. 2014 Comfort & Life Style Prime Living Residential Environment Contemporary design and spacious Space Personalized Services Airport Shuttle Service to the Beijing Capital International Airport 200 stylized apartments with Studio, 1 to 4 bedroom- most with private balconies Ample closet space Cable and wire-less internet Fully-equipped kitchen and dish washer, washing machine and dryer Voice mail, fax lines, IDD & DID cordless telephones ... more less
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