This hotel has an enviable location next to the Olympic Stadium and all the olympic venues made famous by the 2004 Olympics. However, it felt somewhat isolated from many of the attractions. Nevertheless, we were there on a business trip, not to go and see attractions. The hotel has a nice restaurant in the lobby area. The restaurant serves mostly chinese cuisine, which is nice as we were able to taste the local food. This place was critical for us, as we were having a hard time trying to communicate with people. It was really easy to go down, get breakfast, lunch or dinner without the hassle of trying to communicate by signs. There is also a TGI Friday in the lobby area. The staff was mostly cordial. They barely speak english, so at times, it was difficult to communicate. Regardless, we were in their country and it is our responsibility to try to adjust to the situation, not the other way around.
The room was huge and clean. While it was supposed to be a non-smoking room, one could still smell smoke. In fact, while walking to our room, many time we saw people smoking with their room door open. So, it was no surprise that we were able to smell cigarette smoke in our room. Overall, I will stay in this room, if on a business trip to northern part of Beijing.
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