Stayed for 3 days for a meeting at the Beijing Int'l Convention Centre. The hotel is immediately next to the convention centre, with a connecting passageway (with a few flights of stairs) leading to level 2 of the convention centre. This is prob useful in winter without having to go outdoors.
The hotel is a very basic setup and has a stark washed-out exterior appearance. Lobby and breakfast room was done up okay, although the quality of the breakfast was below par. The peas and corn in the fried rice was still hard (probably not thawed completely) and the eggs could only be done 1 way - fried.
The room was also basic although all the necessities were there (safe, kettle, adequate cupboard space, hairdryer). No instant coffee though, only tea was provided. There was even a gas mask for use in emergency in the cupboard! Room size was a little small although they did manage to squeeze in a small writing table. No gym or swimming pool in the hotel also.
The bathroom was really small. Only enough space for 1 person to stand, and even then it would be in the path of the door when opening or closing it. If you stand in the middle, the door, sink, WC and bathtub are on the 4 sides around you.
As another reviewer mentioned, the west side faces the car park and an open area, which is more pleasant than the expressway on the east side. However, there are floodlights in the car park (see picture) which are switched on at night to illuminate the side of the hotel. But this also means that unless you pull the thick blackout curtains, the light is bright enough to shine into the room.
The closest subway station was about 1 km away, which means you are dependent on taxis to get in and out of the hotel.
Other than the Olympic stadium (Bird's nest) about 20 min walk away, there is nothing within walking distance of the hotel. There looked to be a shopping centre around the bend of the road 5 min away, but only the basement was open with a sad-looking food court, even sadder supermarket (only alternate ceiling lights were switched on, making it look dim - every other supermarket has bright lights to attract attention), a Starbucks, and a few small shops.
Overall, unless you are coming to the convention centre or the Olympic stadium, don't bother.
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