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Holiday Inn Central Plaza
Ranked #84 of 6,449 Hotels in Beijing
yooper
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“Can't wait to go back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2009

We stayed at this hotel based on the prior comments. It was the first time we have travelled to China and we did it without a guide service. The staff was excellent. David helped us obtain train tickets and even walked us to the ticketing office. We might still be there without his help. The rooms were very clean and spacious. The bed were not as hard as other ones were. We had a standard room. We walked every morning and night around the neighborhood to experience the Chinese lifestyle. We even played ping-pong at the nearby park with the elderly locals. There are many little shops and nearby grocery stores. Across the street from the hotel is an unmarked restaraunt that has fantastic food. They do not speak English and we do not speak Chinese but they had pictures on the menu and it was awesome.

The location was very quiet and a little bit out of the way. If you wanted to see the main attractions of Beijing, you will need to obtain a taxi. There was almost always one at the taxi stand.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2009

My wife and I have just returned from 3 nights at the HI Central Plaza, Beijing. We booked on the basis of past recommendations from Trip Advisor reports - the whole experience was first class. We contacted the concierge Storm Li before our visit and he arranged for us to be picked up in the port city of Xianging on arrival there on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. We were delighted to find that Storm came himself. He brought some other guests from Beijing who were embarking the ship that day. He took us for a morning tour of the port city, most enjoyable, and then on reserved seats on the Bullet train to Beijing, which at 330 kph took only 45 minutes to make the 200 kilometer journey, (I found out from other hotel guests it took over 3 hours by road.) The total cost of the tour and journey was only 700 yuan, which is less than 50% of what the transfers would have cost had we booked them with the cruise company.

The hotel itself is as good as everyone has said previously and Storm's services can only be described as outstanding. On our second day he personally took us to the Great Wall at Mutianyi, where there were no other tourists to be seen, and we had a delicious lunch at a farmhouse owned by some friends of Storm, followed by afternoon tea at another farmhouse. We can only describe that day as one of the best days of our lives.

We were somewhat apprehensive about going around Beijing by ourselves, but Storm organised everything so well that we never had a moment's concern. He supplied us with a cell phone for our stay which had his phone number in, so that if we ever had any problems we could phone him to sort things out. We never actually needed it, but what was amazingly reassuring was that Storm phoned us regularly, just to check that we were OK. He even arranged for a damaged suitcase to be repaired during our visit, and that only cost 50 yuan (£5 uk or about $7.50!!).

If Storm reads this review we'd like to give him a very public and massive thank you.

Peter & Kathleen McManus - Oxenhope, UK

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2009

There are nice hotels and good hotels and then are some with the WoW factor and that is what we felt when we first stepped in the Hotel. It has excellent value for money and we actually tried hard to see way it was so incredibly reasonable. May be it was the location as it is a 10 minutes ride from the nearest subway station (CNY 10 by cab) and since it’s a new place it’s a little difficult to explain it to the Cab guys.

The check-in was precisely 2 mins flat or was 1 and a half minute!!

The lobby is huge and very nicely decorated has 3 very good restaurants (it was a big bonus as we didn’t have to step out for dinner and had a great time unwinding every evening) with excellent food , a good collection of wines and they seemed to be very popular with the locals too and rightly so. The ambience was great too - with only candle lights and the works.

Once in the room it was another delight with a very spacious room, great décor, a lot of bonus amenities and lovely lighting. The quality of the each and every thing was awesome and there was good space provided for the luggage etc. The water in the bath was always at perfect temperatures and it was very beautifully done up. They even had an antique looking weighing scale – which I decided not to step after the awesome meals at the restaurants.

They had a nice covered pool and a fitness center and salon but the massage at the salon (which you will need after the extensive walking in the city) is nothing to write home about.

The breakfast was the best spread that we had seen anywhere will all cuisines and all the frills and lovely fare to choose from – certainly a highpoint.

The staff is excellent, courteous, very helpful, very well groomed and well informed.

There is also curio stop in the hotel has a train ticket booking terminal which helped book onwards journey tickets and saved us a trip to the railway station. But language is an issue here.

Overall it is great luxury and excellent value for money.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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USA/Polska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2009

Stayed for 7 very comfortable nights in the HI Central Plaza and have to say it is one of the best hotels I have every stayed in. The room was immaculate and very comfortable. It was a joy to return after very tiring days of solo touring in Beijing. Always try to make a reservation that includes breakfast because this was perhaps the best I have ever been exposed to. The hotel price is very reasonable, but the one downside, which Im sure is why the price is so reasonable is the location. It is a distance to the sights. But as was mentioned taxis and buses to sights or subways are cheap. I would only hesitate to stay in this hotel if I only had 2 or so nights in Beijing, if that would be the case you have to stay in, say, the Wangfujing area. But if you are like me, and have over 3 nights, this place is ideal. I enjoyed being in a real neighborhood and going to the bakery across the street. Now to the nitty gritty, the reason I stayed here was the help I felt I would need from the staff, in particular, Storm, and he did not disappoint. He was kind enough to supply me with a bus and subway pass right away, he pointed out the bus numbers and subway lines to the sites. He arranged for a driver to the Great Wall and Summer Palace and even accompanied me and another couple to the train station at night to catch the night sleeper train to Xian. I forgot to mention he bought the tickets (I paid him of course) for the train to Xian, and then a train from Xian to Shanghai. He went above and beyond what normal concierges would do. I highly recommend this hotel, with only one caveat, you must be staying a little more than 2 days in Beijing to stay here.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2009

Really nice place. Rooms are good and breakfast is great. The best in this hotel is Storm who arranges everything as you like. Our family enjoyed stay in the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2009

If you're wanting a good standard of hotel, which includes a pool and health club, without paying a high price, this one is definitely recommended. The interiors of rooms and public areas, and the facilities and service, are all 4-star standard, but at a reasonable price.

As others have pointed out, the downside is the location which is not close to anything, and in a blah neighbourhood. However, there is a small supermarket just a block away, and a few restaurants around. Taxis are available at the front door, and the concierge staff will write down your destination in Chinese and brief the driver, and give you a card with map and hotel name in Chinese to use when you get a taxi back.

Getting to the hotel from the airport was a bit of a trial: I took the train and then the subway to the station indicated, and then took a taxi, which seemed to drive for ever before arriving: and as the driver kept talking into a mobile, I suspect he didn't know where the hotel was, despite the airport tourist info lady writing down the name in Chinese. So maybe print out a map from the internet and use it for your taxi driver on first arrival, whether you take a taxi all the way from the airport or pick one up closer to the hotel.

As seems to be normal in Beijing hotels, internet was ridiculously expensive, so keep it just for checking urgent emails. (And Facebook and some other networking sites are banned at the moment in China, so you won't be able to log on.)

Otherwise, everything was better than expected!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2009

We stayed in this hotel for four nights. I was worried that we were too far away from the subway. We were about 40 minutes walk. At first we took a taxi to the subway. However the concierge Storm showed us where to get the 56 Bus to the Nanishiliu subway. A Taxi is about 10 yuan.Beijing is a large city and we usually had to travel by subway and Taxi to see the things we wanted to see. The hotel is in a quieter area than central Beijing. There is a resteraunt which does asian and western food. You can find it cheaper outside the hotel if you want. Breakfast had everything you could possibly want and was of a high standard. ATM in the hotel for spending money. Rooms are very comfortable.

The conciege Stom was excellent. He asked us where we wanted to go and wrote directions for us in Chinese. We managed to become quite good at negociating the underground system. We noted that Taxi drivers often did not know where the hotel was. They did not often understand when we gave the Hotel's own Map.

A particular highlight was when we went on a trip with Storm and another couple to part of the Great Wall. This part had no other tourists around. There was a chinese couple getting their wedding pictures taken. Nobody trying to sell you souvenirs or take your money off you. We also had lunch at a local farmers home which was delicious. we visited another locall farm on the way home and tasted his walnuts and pears. and had tea.

Storm also booked us on the overnight train to Shanghai and on the train to Quingdao.
Without his help we would have struggled. He also bought us metro cards to get around
the transport system.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Holiday Inn Central Plaza
Address: No.1 Caiyuan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100053, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Beijing South Railway Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#74 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
#97 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Central Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 322
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Central Plaza Beijing, an Award-Winning hotel, is conveniently located in Guanganmen commercial and civic area, adjacent to the new Municipal Government Office Building and is within a stone's throw from Beijing's Financial Street. The hotel is close to tourist and shopping attractions such as Wangfujing, Oriental Plaza and the Forbidden City. It is 10 minutes drive from the West and South Train Station and 45 minutes from the Capital Airport.The hotel has 322 contemporary guest rooms, including suites and two floors of Executive Club rooms, all equipped with wired and wireless broadband internet, speaker telephone and multi-language voice mail. With a 640 square meter, pillar-free ballroom and 8 other function rooms ranging from 35 to 176 square meters, the hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings and social functions alike. All the meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, built-in work station, wireless broadband connection and video conference facilities. The hotel's professional meeting team will ensure every event a success.The hotel also provides other facilities like business center ticketing and tour desk, kiosk, car rental, concierge taxi and limousine service, baby sitting service, karaoke as well as a Mini Golf Club. ... more   less 
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