China + Internet information = Angry
Seriously, I have never had so much trouble finding clear information on accommodations. We have been checking things out online and what we have found is that a majority of websites will use bogus pictures in their advertising. In checking customer reviews, time and time again they say, “it’s nothing like the picture”, or “extra charges for everything”, or “it’s a scam, stay away”.
There must be decent accommodations available, so I’m hoping to start a thread of first hand testimonials of Beijing accommodations. For us, we are looking to stay in the Dong Cheng, Chao Yang, or Chong Wen districts close to the Forbidden City. There are lots of 4-5 star hotels, but what about more affordable locations? One thing we have been looking at is service apartments, or self-catered apartments. But, reviews are very necessary for these. From what we have heard, hostels are not really a travelers friend in China, as they are a migrant workers top choice, so Western ideals of what a hostel is my be smashed as you enter.
Will post what we find out there when we get back, but please share your experiences.