We had a group of 24 that stayed in this hotel over the course of two weeks. The purpose of our trip was to conduct English camps so we were not looking for superb lodging accommodations. Therefore, our expectations were somewhat lower going into this trip of what to expect at the hotel. Here is the good and ugly of our stay...
1. Our reservation was negotiated and confirmed five months in advance. Kathy Yang was wonderful to work with and when we arrived our reservations were correct.
2. The hotel has multiple elevators which make it easier to get to and get from the rooms.
3. The hotel has a restaurant (breakfast primarily) located on the fourth floor. The breakfast was adequate and far from spectacular. Rice, fresh fruit, cereal, and fried eggs. One juice was offered each day and the milk is always warm (yuk!) for your cereal.
4. The rooms were clean and no-nonsense. We did not have any significant problems and this is with 10 rooms per night over two weeks.
5. The hotel gave each room two bottled waters per day at no extra charge.
6. The lobby was bright and clean with at least three areas to sit with family and friends.
7. The employees were friendly and willing to help. At least one person could speak English at the front desk.
8. The hotel has a washer and dryer on two different floors. It cost at least $5 to do a load of laundry. Tokens are purchased at the front desk.
9. We had 22 large trunks for supplies. The hotel stored the trunks for us in the lobby which was a help!
10. We stayed in rooms that were in the upper floors and therefore had beautiful views of the city around us.
Bonus - The Internet is free!
1. The hotel does not exchange money. This makes no sense! You have to walk across the street and wait in a very long line at the Bank of China.
2. If you do not like smoking, hold your breath in the lobby. There was always someone smoking and it was quite annoying; especially for those with asthma problems in our group.
3. The restaurant is dirty. Although the breakfast was acceptable, the restaurant could not receive an "A" in America. There were numerous examples we could give just know that there are better alternatives.
4. There was only one person that could speak English and if that person was busy you had to wait until they were available. No one else could speak very good English.
5. The taxi situation is deplorable! The hotel will not call a taxi for you. They tell you to go to the street (50 yards away). One evening I had a meeting I had to attend. It was pouring the rain and I asked the clerk at the front desk to call a taxi. They refused twice and told me to go to the street. I did and stood in the driving rain for 25 minutes. I was completely soaked and furious with the hotel. There was no call for this as they could have easily called a taxi. The taxi drivers do not like to come to the hotel because they have to go through a security gate. (Side note: a sweet older lady saw me standing at the street in the rain and brought me an umbrella - she was adorable).
1. There is a Burger King and Seven Eleven attached to this hotel building. Both are very convenient as we utilized both.
2. There is a McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, Starbucks, and Cold Stone Creamery within easy walking distance. We used all of the above at least once during our stay.
3. There is a Wal Mart within easy walking distance of the hotel.
4. There are two banks across the street that will exchange US dollars for RMB. The exchange rate in July 2011 was 6.369 at the Bank of China.
5. A small mall is attached to the hotel with different items. It is good for walking but not so much for purchasing anything of significance.
6. This hotel is just 15 minutes from the airport.
7. You would NEVER stay at this hotel if you were going to Beijing for sightseeing. It is not close to anything and with the taxi/bus situation, everything has to be done at the street level.
8. You would only stay at this hotel if you had business to handle specific to this geographic location. There are much, much better alternatives.
9. There is not a pool.
10. There is not a work out facility.
If you do need to stay at this hotel, make your reservations with Kathy Yang in sales. She will give you a better rate than the Internet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express Beijing Guangshun is located at Wangjing High Technical Industrial Zone. Enclose the hotel with the famous Top World 500 companies such as Motorola, Benz, Agilent, Ericsson, and Siemens. WangJing International Commercial Centre, Jiamao Shopping Mall, Hualian Plaza, IKEA and local entertainment. Adjoining 5th North Ring Road and variety Public Bus choices as well as Subway line No.13. All of these has created very convenience transportation condition for the hotel surrounding area. business travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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