The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Beijing

Despite the up-scale Beijing skyline, budget hotel options are a-plenty in the Chinese capital
Despite the up-scale Beijing skyline, budget hotel options are a-plenty in the Chinese capital | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
Tom Smith

Keen to sink your Beijing budget into hutong bargain hunting, tickets for temples and palaces and a trip to the Great Wall of China? Save yourself a few yuan by booking one of these great-value hotels in Beijing – which range from ultra-modern boutiques to old-school bed and breakfasts – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Budget Hotel, Hostel

A simple twin double room with patterned blinds at Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel
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This four-star hotel in Beijing combines the old and the new, with traditional Chinese architecture contrasting with chic furniture and modern design touches. Experience traditional culture in the heart of the metropolis with regular shadow-art painting classes, calligraphy lessons and dumpling cooking courses, as well as live shadow-art performances three times a week. The 25 guest rooms are clean and simple, and the lounge bar is comfortable.

2. Beijing Ron Yard Hotel

Budget Hotel

This 3.5-star property is another quaint boutique hotel in Beijing set around a historic courtyard. It contains 30 guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. There’s also an in-house restaurant dishing up a buffet breakfast. Major Beijing sights such as Si De Park and Olympic Park are right on the hotel’s doorstep.

3. Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel

Budget Hotel

A traditionally decorated four poster bed with dark wood furnishings at Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel
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This four-star boutique hotel occupies the Xinghua Mansion, the former home of Suoni, who was an administrator during the ancient Qing Dynasty. Not far from the Bell and Drum Towers in the trendy Houhai area of Beijing, these 10 exclusive suites are fit for royalty, with traditional Chinese furnishings and an on-site library, bar and lounge, as well as a 24-hour reception that can help you organise rickshaw and boat tours.

4. Nostalgia Hotel Beijing Yonghe Lama Temple

Budget Hotel

A twin double room with wall art by a set of large windows at Nostalgia Hotel Beijing Yonghe Lama Temple
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Comfort like this normally comes with a much heftier price tag. The three-star Nostalgia Hotel in Beijing has 75 spacious suites decked out with a lot more than you’d expect for what you pay here. There are also free bicycles to borrow, a library, games room, business centre and a gym, all in a great location near the historic Chengxian Street in Dongcheng.

5. Michael’s House Beijing

Budget Hotel

A pastel coloured ouble room with flowery patterned curtains and headboard at Michael’s House Beijing, China
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Michael dreamed of turning a traditional Beijing courtyard into a boutique bed and breakfast in Beijing and, in 2005, he turned his dream into a reality. This family-run property close to Houhai Park consists of 12 rooms, from basic twin shares to the opulent Emperor Suite. Michael’s House also features a leafy courtyard to lounge around in, an on-site restaurant serving breakfast and even a playground that’s handy if you’re travelling with children.

6. Poly Plaza Hotel

Budget Hotel

A double room with yellow armchairs and a blue carpet at Poly Plaza Hotel
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This 3.5-star hotel is simple, stylish and super-reliable. The Poly Plaza Hotel is made up of 292 polished guest rooms, a large indoor pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre, business and conference facilities and an in-house restaurant that serves a mouthwatering buffet breakfast. The central Beijing location is another big plus.

7. Beijing 161 Hotel Lezainanluo Boutique Hotel

Budget Hotel

A luxurious double bed with armchair, large patio doors leading out onto a ground floor patio at Beijing 161 Hotel Lezainanluo Boutique Hotel
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Unlike many other boutique hotels in Beijing that rely on the city’s old-world charm, this 3.5-star property is ultra-modern. The 12 gleaming apartments are beautifully furnished with both Western and Chinese elements, but the highlights are the hotel’s outdoor spaces – a large courtyard to chill out in and a scenic rooftop where you can soak in the views of the surrounding hutong alleyways.

8. Nostalgia Hotel Beijing Confucius Temple

Budget Hotel

A twin double room with white walls and wall art at Nostalgia Hotel Beijing Confucius Temple
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Elegant imperial architecture welcomes guests to this great-value Nostalgia Hotel, situated a quick walk from the Bell and Drum Towers. All 56 guest rooms come with a flat-screen television, tea and coffee facilities and roomy en suite bathrooms, as well as breakfast. Guests can also make use of the hotel’s library, on-site convenience store and friendly 24-hour reception.

Looking for more budget-friendly places to stay? Check out our pick of the best hostels to book in Beijing, bookable on Culture Trip.

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