The Wenjin sits in Tsinghua Science Park right by the south gate of Tsinghua University. It is convenient if you are visiting any of the research institutes in Haidian or Zhongguancun. I would agree with previous ratings of bottom end 4*. It does not compare with some of the newer offerings in Chaoyan District and whilst the price is a bit cheeky for the service level (c.RMB1000) it is about par for Beijing.
The front desk is a tad chaotic but you get there in the end. The young staff increasingly speak decent english although there seems to be a high turnover here. The concierge service is better - the porters are a stable and friendly workforce - Peter or Tom Wang will help you out with most things - airline, train tickets, bike hire etc.
The food in WJ is nothing to shout about - there are many superior restaurants which offer better value a few doors away. If you can't be bothered to go out then the Korean Restaurant on the 2nd floor is ok, although the menu does not seem to have changed in 3 years! I have to say that I am NOT a fan of the breakfast buffet in WJ which if you have to buy separately is a wicked RMB160. If you step outside the hotel for a few paces then you can buy an excellent Tianjin style "breakfast burrito" or jianbing guozi 煎饼果子 for 3 kuai!
The WJ rooms are ok and all are serviced with a/c. Recall though that this is China and the a/c is switched off in September so if the day is warm you may have an uncomfortable night. There is wifi downstairs and wired internet in the rooms. IIRC the Executive floor also has wifi in the rooms. The internet kind of works although the connection speed seems to have dropped over the years.
So all in all, a bit quirky and rough around the edges but they mean well and you could do a lot worse than stay with these guys.
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