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Grand Skylight Catic Hotel
Ranked #528 of 6,483 Hotels in Beijing
Singapore, Singapore
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“Comfortable”
Reviewed 27 October 2012

I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and found it very comfortable. The bed is soft and the room nice. The hotel location was not a problem for me as my meetings were conducted nearby. The proximity of The Bird Nest and Water Cube were welcome distractions at night where the colourful lighting provided opportunities to take photos.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

The Cactic is a well-maintained place, with the comforts one might come to expect of a hotel. Perhaps one of the best reasons to stay here is its proximity to the Olympic park and the China National Convention Center, without paying potentially dearly for one of the CNCC's adjoining hotels. My room was clean, comfortable, and well-appointed. Among the nice touches were the complimentary toothbrushes / vanity items and the loanable power strip, robe, and umbrella. Though non-Chinese speakers might occasionally hit a tiny bit of issue, the reception desk solved all my needs. The fitness room and business center are also appreciated, though the latter is quite overpriced.

Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2012

I stayed in this hotel for four nights while attending a conference nearby. Well, I say nearby, but the main problem with this hotel is that it is not really near anywhere. It is situated quite far from central Beijing ... and curiously far from everything else as well. This would be fine if taxis were easy to use ... but Beijing is graced with the rudest taxi drivers in the world. OK, there's a language problem and that's my fault ... I'm the foreigner. But even when I had my destination written in Chinese script by the hotel staff, many taxi drivers would simply refuse to take me places with a rather rude dismissal by hand gesture. I thought it was just me until I found that many of the hotel porters were also unable to get these men to drive people anywhere. Strange way to run a business. The hotel is also a good fifteen minutes walk from the nearest subway station.

That said, the hotel itself is fine. I had a luxurious business suite (an upgrade) which comprised a spacious living area, a bedroom with a massive bed, and a fine bathroom. Everything I needed was there. Breakfast was fine, if not spectacular.

An important thing is that the staff are very helpful. The porters especially try very hard to attend to anything you may need and although their English is not good, it is perfectly adequate and they are very friendly.

The only bar in the hotel is an attached TGI Fridays. Like all TGI Fridays it has a good range of drinks and food.

A nice surprise about the hotel is that it sits right next to the Birds Nest stadium, famous from the 2008 Olympics, and many of the rooms have a spectacular view of this at night.

All in all, the hotel itself is a treat ... after a long day making one's way around a city as big as Beijing it was a nice place to return to ... I felt at home. The main downside is the hotel's distance from transport and from the city centre, which means that it may not be an ideal tourist hotel. But if you don't mind walking to the subway and if you enjoy negotiating foreign subway/metro systems (I do!!), then I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Room Tip: Negotiate an upgrade to a business room ... and ask for a view of the Birds Nest.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

I was lucky enough to stay at the Grand Skylight CATIC whilst at a conference at the China National Convention Centre, for which it is very convenient. It is sat within literal spitting distance of the Birds nest stadium of which it boasts spectacular views, the olympic park is well worth a trip around, but the local neighbourhood is rather underwhelming without a bit of a walk. The hotel is also a little too far away from any of the usual tourist sights, but underground transport is very close by.

I was lucky enough to stay in a superior business suite, which was exceptionally large for the money paid. Provided a sofa area, clean comfortable bedroom, small (and rather poorly cleaned) bathroom, desk, minibar and local television. As other reviews have noted, the interior decoration is rather out of date, but in keeping with local fashion. Decor has been maintained more as an illusion of quality rather than anything else. More than a cursory inspection will reveal that furniture is likely broken in some respect.

Service in this hotel is somewhat bizarre. A quick call to reception will see one of the seemingly endless army of attendants arrive promptly at your door, however very little english is spoken at this hotel and even when understood, the local approach to problem solving is somewhat odd, for example; rooms are equipped with lockable safes (however these are not bolted down, which somewhat defeats the point) when mine refused to open, the maid simply picked it up and swapped it with another regardless of its content. The cleaning service will also start to clean around you, regardless of whether you have set the door to do not disturb or not. Equally, without fail I found that my curtains magically drew themselves and my bed was made whist I was out to dinner, regardless of my near constant do not disturb status. I had paid for my trip prior to arrival at this hotel, however on day 4 of a 7 night stay, we were provided with a poorly written letter which informed us that the rate would be more than quadrupling for a single night during the stay, had we not pre-paid then this would have been a significant inconvenience.

The Hotel has 4 restaurants. A TGI Friday, which was possibly the worst experience I have encountered whilst travelling in China, an excruciatingly posh chinese restaurant which I had difficulty decoding as no translation was provided in the restaurant itself, A western style place, which served unfortunately poor quality food, and a sort of self service location which looked too odd to approach, all are a sadly avoidable experience.

Regardless, I rather enjoyed staying here. It was strange, and the constant flux of bizarre events was rather character building; but the hotel was comfortable (on the whole) clean, and convenient for the conference centre, which is what I needed. It wouldn't however be all that great for tourists I do not believe.

Incidentally, for those of an interested disposition, whilst also being a aesthetically pleasing acronym, CATIC stands for China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation, of which has offices within the same complex as the hotel. For this reason, the hotel is chock full of colourful adverts for airplanes that you might prospectively want to purchase for your respective international airlines.

Room Tip: Higher floors are better; non smoking floors are meaningless; the rear of the property has a fantast...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

The room is clean, bed is comfortable. Bathroom is small, not superclean.
The interior decoration is local and out of fashion.
Staff is very friendly and helpful, which is definately a plus.
Breakfast not grand but sufficent. catering area is divided into two to seperate Chinese guests and foreign guests, though you can choose wherever you want to sit. The waitress will guide you to either area based on your nationality.
The hotel name is difficult to remember, had to write it down and show to the taxi driver.
Location-wise, close to the Bird's Nest and the National Conference Centre, but nowhere else.
Over 1000 RMB per night is bit overpriced.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

My first hotel experience in China...from what I understand, we could have done a lot worse.
Comfortable room with king bed. Clean, shower drain iffy. Good view of the city. A/C was weak, but the window opened & the room got almost too cool (late May.).
Close to Bird's Nest area where there is a nice public square. Staff at the TGI Fridays very friendly. Breakfast buffet in a nice room with a lot of variety.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

The long name of this hotel gave me a bit of problem when taking cab ride from airport, as most cab drivers could only speak limited English.
Hotel is located just beside the famous Bird's Nest stadium. It's at a quiet part of Beijing. Would be good if you are on business trip. Anyway, taxis for transportations is not a problem.
Rooms are large and are tastefully done. Bed is huge and bath-room is just plain fantastic with the modern gadgets.View from room at Bird's Nest which is less than 100m away is just fantastic. Food at lobby restaurent is just average but due to limited choice around this hotel, it served its purpose.
If you are in love with the design structure of Bird's Nest, like me, this is the place to stay.
Hotel staff are average, maybe due to language, but overall not bad.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Grand Skylight Catic Hotel
Address: No.18 Beichen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
Region: China > Beijing > Asian Games Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #528 of 6,483 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Skylight Catic Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 305
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