I was sent to Beijing for a business trip, and was put up by my client in the Wenjin Hotel, because of its proximity to their customer location. The location was indeed very convenient, both for my work purposes and for a few others -- two excellent nearby vegetarian restaurants, and the two local universities, whose campuses were nice to walk through.
My expectations from a hotel are pretty basic: So long as there's a comfortable bed, a good shower, some fruit and vegetables for breakfast, and WiFi, I'll be pretty happy. On just about all of these fronts, the Wenjin was fine; the beds were comfortable, the shower was pretty reasonable, and breakfast had all sorts of odd-seeming meat products (which I don't eat) but also some fruit.
There was Wifi in the lobby, but the hotel room only offered Internet service via an Ethernet cable. The connection didn't work when I first got there, and the technician (who came quickly, I must admit) didn't seem to know what to do. I managed to diagnose and work around the problem, but I have a feeling that if I hadn't done so, I wouldn't have had Internet access from my room.
Other reviewers have said that the staff's English was not particularly good. This was largely true, and I was surprised that people working at the front desk of an international hotel wouldn't have better English. The concierge seemed to have particularly good English, though, and was particularly friendly and helpful.
Some reviewers have said that the hotel was only willing to order a fancy limo, not a taxi, to the airport. I didn't have this problem at all. I also called room service frequently to get bottled water, and they responded quickly.
I asked the concierge for help in finding a last-minute tour guide, and he was able to accommodate my request. There was some miscommunication, given that the concierge told me that I would have the guide for the whole day, while the guide thought that she was only hired for four hours. However, those 4 hours were more than enough for my purposes, and so I decided not to complain or be too annoyed about it. But if you ask the concierge for such help, make sure that everyone agrees as to what you're getting.
The hotel's proximity to two university campuses provided me with some beautiful walks on my first day in Beijing. It was also a short walk to a nearby subway (metro) stop, which I used on my final day, when I returned from Tiananmen Square.
Overall, my stay was pleasant and positive. It wasn't a luxurious hotel, but I didn't really expect one. I was able to sleep, use the Internet, and shower, which is pretty much good enough for me.
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