We stayed in Mariiott hotel in Beijing and found that the hotel was centrally located; the service was very good. Beijing is not ready for the walking tourist who do not speak chinese. If you want to go out and just roam around the city is not good to do that; always with private guide or tour group. I found that Beijing was not yet ready for tourism because most of the taxis drivers do not speak english.
We hired a private tour guide for eight people and she traveled with us all over China and guided us in everything. She arranged everything included all airfare to other cities.