Overall the hotel is nice. The lobby is impressive, with a pianist playing in the evenings. Apart from the lobby and the restaurant area the hotel gives an outmoded impression for some interior renovation is lacking, or maybe it is just its style.
The personnel try to be helpful, but the language barrier is obvious.
There are no paper *don’t disturb* signs in the room that you can put on the door, but a switch on a bedside table which turns on a small electric sign on the wall outside of the room. Personnel enter the room to close curtains for you in the evenings.
My room had a couple of nice bath robes and disposable slippers along with two respirators in a closet. The hotel provides two small water bottles in the bathroom for free so that you don’t use tap water to wash your mouth etc. They also provide bottled drinking water for purchase, but it is hugely overpriced. You can buy the same water in the nearby supermarket just across the street for much less along with other food items. The room had European electric outlets (no need for an adapter) and a kettle to boil water.
Very disappointing was a fact that they separately charged for the internet per traffic. The fee is not enormous if you just check your emails, but makes a difference if you are to use the Internet (Skype, download files) for the whole day. In addition the Internet speed noticeably slows down in the evenings, sometimes up to a point that you have to give up.
The bathroom looked old, in a very outmoded fashion, but still it was nice looking. There was a bit of mould in the corners though. You can also figure out how much your weight is since there are weighing scales in the bathroom. The toilet bowl was disturbingly wide and flat with humongous amounts of water in it, which when flushed moved rather slowly. Shower assembly was wall-mount, non-movable.
The restaurant food was great. There were items from Chinese cuisine of course, but also lots of European cuisine dishes, which is great for people on non-spicy diet and restricted diet. Lots of warm dishes, the greatest bacon I have ever tried, bakery, sausages, eggs etc. I did not see any cheese spreads though.
The hotel location is very good. Very close to the Beijing International Convention center (within walking distance) and the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest). Unfortunately the subway line #8 (the green line with Olympic Sports Center station on it) was closed at the time I visited for some repair works. Anyway another subway station Huixinxijie Beikou is within 15 min of walk (purple line #5) which makes the hotel location very convenient. The subway single entrance is 2 Yuan.
Would stay here again because it is a decent hotel plus the language barrier might be an obstacle when trying to familiarize myself with a new hotel’s surrounding area (how to find a subway station, a bus etc).
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