Beijing's best budget hotels for simple living and exploring in the capital

Beijing's budget hotels have a lot to offer. You can save money by going shoestring on your lodgings. These ten options will offer you a safe, cheap place to rest your head without compromising on the basic essentials. All of these hotel options are in decent locations in and around Beijing where you'll find restaurants, bars or top tourist sites near the hotels. Afterall, you're in Beijing to see the attractions, not to see the interior of the hotels, so pick a place that is located in a cool area and you won't regret it.

Budget hotels in China re not like motels and cheap hotels in Europe and America. You'll find they are a bit more spartan and the decor a bit less enthralling. Most budget hotels in China re used for traveling businessmen, as local families don't usually go on road trips or vacations where they need to lodge in a hotel. Thus, most hotels will be full of men in suits smoking, drinking and enjoying the bachelor lifestyle. For this reason, most hotels smell of smoke, and most hotel rooms have a dank quality about them. The breakfast room will be empty after 9am, when most businessmen are off doing their trade, and all they have left behind them is an empty rice bowl and linger cigarette smoke.

Jiadejia Express Hotel


This simple and small hotel offers a few amenities, but the real draw is it's central location around a fun, local area where you'll be able to immerse yourself into the community quickly and easily. Local restaurants and a few simple, dive bars...  Read More

Motel 168


This massive Chinese chain offers function over form. You'll find a small in-house restaurant that offers a cheap breakfast option offering eggs, rice and usually a vegetable or two. We'd advise skipping the breakfast in favor of Starbucks...  Read More

Rest Motel
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Rest assured, the Rest Hotel is one budget joint where you'll find everything you need and more for an enjoyable stay in the capital of the Middle Kingdom. Simple digs include a bed, bedding, towels, access to a bathroom and of course the all...  Read More

Guohan Hotel


Guohan Hotel is a simple place to rest your weary traveler's head after a long day of sightseeing and adventures. Rest assured, you'll have everything you need and more at this hotel. Towels, a decent bathroom, bedding and a few features like a...  Read More

Aden Hotel Beijing


This simple hotel offers everything you'd need for a short stay in Beijing without breaking the piggy bank. Accommodations include a simple bed, and in most cases two twin beds for businessmen traveling together. A phone, TV and a few other...  Read More

Airport Business Hotel Beijing
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Hotels around the airport are not meant to be fancy or impressive. In that vain, the simple business-style accommodation at the Airport Business Hotel Beijing is fitting. You'll get a bed, TV, simple furnishings and access to a bathroom...  Read More

Home Inn Yayuncun Beijing


Home Inn is another Chinese chain offering the essentials for Chinese business travelers, backpackers and those on a budget. You'll be greeted by an all-Chinese speaking staff who are not as eager or friendly as the staff at the Hyatt, but also...  Read More

Greentree Inn Qinghebridge Hotel Beijing


Greentree is a small chain offering simple accommodation at affordable prices to a range of both locals, expats and travelers. With simple features and amenities, the hotel offers the bare minimum but charges only a reasonable amount for their...  Read More

Xiang's Garden Youth Hostel Beijing


Youth Hostels in Beijing are some of the best places in town to meet like-minded travelers, learn about the best hidden gems in the city, and get to know the locals, local neighborhoods and local cuisine. Of course, it's also a great way to save...  Read More

Super 8 Hotel Beijing Xue Yuan Lu
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Beijing's Super 8 Hotel is one of the more recognizable of low-end hotels in Beijing. Of course, you won't get the service, English-language skills, decor or amenities of the Grand Hyatt, but then you won't be bankrupting yourself in the process...  Read More


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