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InterContinental Beijing Financial Street
Ranked #114 of 6,522 Hotels in Beijing
Singapore
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Hotel - loved it!”
Reviewed 11 January 2009

We were in China visiting Beijing, then Shanghai for a holiday trip. The stay at the Intercontinental was from 1st Jan to 4th Jan.

Location wise - it was in the financial district. We were there during Yuan Dan (which is New Year day and it was public holidays for a few days in China). Hence, we did not encounter very bad traffic jams. The metro is around 5-10 minutes walk away and is an ok way to get around. But, I can imagine it is difficult to get to and away from the hotel during peak hours as we experienced on our last day of stay. The area around the hotel had heavy traffic. It is not walkable to the various tourist spots and hence, would suggest to take the taxi or the metro.

The room was very good. It was huge with a spacious bathroom. Bathroom is nicely fitted with a lovely long bath which was very inviting. Likewise, the bed was fabulous with nice linen as well. Only grouse is the tv is not the plasma tv for the room we stayed in.

The gym was well-equipped and spacious and was open 24 hours. The spa was quite good as well and opened til midnight. Staff was friendly and helpful. Overall, a very enjoyable stay in a beautiful city.

I think that it would be a good hotel to stay in over weekends/public holidays or if you do not need to travel to / from the hotel during the peak hours.

  • Liked — Very good room
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2008

My favorite hotel!
I was staying at a local 3 star hotel for $90 which had a makeshift gym in a room, no pool, below average service etc. and decided to check out early and "treat" myself to the Intercontinental.

The Intercontinental was on a completely different level of class and service. The check in lady was a foreigner (think Russian) and was soooo nice and helpful. The bell boy was so nice and remembered my name. The hotel is beautiful. The gym is huge and new and has everything. Pool is nice. Locker room is immaculate and has a nice jacuzzi, sauna and steam. It was so quiet.
Free internet. I think it is very classy when a hotel does not charge for internet. Breakfast was great and included in the price. Room was beautiful and big and you are greated with soft music as you enter. The dinner buffet (separate charge) was worth the western prices.
I was planning on just staying one night to "treat" myself but after realizing it was actually a few dollars cheaper than a 3 star hotel which charges you extra for everthing I stayed the rest of my trip here. After spending your day touring the city with the crowds and difficulty in language it is so nice to come back to the Intercontinental where it is quiet and beautiful and everyone speaks great english.
The only negative is that it is in the finance area and a little far to walk to places but the taxis are plentiful and cheap.

  • Liked — Service, beautiful hotel, internet and breakfast included in price
  • Disliked — Everything was great - just location was great for tourists but taxis are cheap and easy to find
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled solo
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Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2008

This is a great hotel. I stayed in a grand deluxe room, which was very nice and had a huge bath. The hotel is conviniently located, about a 10 minute walk to a subway stop, but taxis are very cheap.
The only downside were their high prices. Internet for 24h was 120rmb, a coke from the minibar 40rmb. I will definetely stay there again when i am in Beijing.

  • Stayed November 2008
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Thank tommy135
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Christchurch ,New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2008

Excellent hotel in nice location. Room very spacious and clean and certainly to a 5 star level. Hotel staff very efficient and friendly.Close to a subway line which can take you to major tourist sites. Subway is almost always crowded but very cheap at about 3rmb per one way ticket. Taxis very cheap ( about 30 rmb to Tian'anmen Square from hotel) and the easiest way to get around. I would highly recommend this hotel. Smoking rooms are more common in China so do make it very clear that you want non smoking and it may pay you to email the hotel as well directly just to remind them of this requirement if non smoking is important to you.

  • Liked — Nice location
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 464 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2008

This is a first class hotel and clearly a 5-star. The rooms are great and the facilities are as good as it gets. This is a very quiet area but there are a number of western restaurants and fast food joints in the area including Starbucks.
There was some big problems in checking-in but the manager who goes by the english name of Carmen was very pleasant and did a great job so I was able to keep my cool though all this.
One problem with this hotel is the lack of taxis. In a few occasion we had to wait a long time, even returned to sit in the lobby until one taxi arrive. I was a little more stressed when I had to leave for the airport and there was someone else also waiting. Essentially the hotel staff does nothing to fetch a taxi, just wait for one to drop a guest. In contrast just next block, at the Westin, ever time I walked by , there were 10 taxis waiting in line.
One final comment. I booked though the chain's website. They have an internet lowest price guarantee but i have found it impossible to get them to respect this even when I proved a lower price was available on the internet.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
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1 Thank JPDeM
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2008

I just stayed 4 days at the Intercontinental on Financial Street (Sept 08). I stayed in a Capital Suite, with Club Level privileges. The hotel is a contemporary styled hotel with an intimate, rather than large lobby, and you get a more relaxed and friendly feel. Everyone knew my name and made me feel welcome. My suite was extremely large, with a completely separate living room, with couch, chairs and coffee table on one side, desk on the other, with a full view towards the city. I used it several times for business meetings with 3-5 guests and everyone was every comfortable. It has a separate minibar, with large flat screen TV (DVD player included) above. There is a separate entry way, and door to the bedroom and bathroom areas. A modern bathroom is separate from the bedroom with separate toilette and shower areas (incredible multi-head and rain options) and two separately spaced sinks, with a large view of the city (electric shutters). Bedroom was spacious, great comfortable bed, pillows and furnishings (and another desk, lounge chair etc). The hotel was quiet and I never heard any street or hotel noise. I felt that the staff truly went out there way, in everyway, to accommodate and make my stay perfect. I had one small issue and a language problem and you would have thought the world had stopped, as the assistant manager and others made sure that I was completely satisfied. The management takes even the smallest issues very seriously. There is an adequate workout room with all new lifecycle elliptical and cycling trainers and treadmills, and weights and machines. Pool area is great and all impeccably clean. I tried the Monsoon Restaurant for lunch and the buffet, with cold seafood and sushi on one side, and hot food, French desserts on the other was really top notch, and delivered like an upscale stand alone restaurant. The Club Level breakfast was excellent with a great working espresso/cappuccino machine, great fusion inspired snacks and major well brand alcohols for happy hour. Also, I had free internet service. I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone having business in the financial district or for those who want a more relaxing top quality hotel. I will definitely be back here next time in Beijing.

  • Liked — The Staff was really excellent
  • Disliked — Location, for things outside the Financial District
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank MaitreGeorgia
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2008

This hotel lives up to the standards of other Incontinentals where I've stayed, with some minor issues. It's modern and clean, and the service is doting. I wasn't thrilled with the food in the lobby restaurants, and they mixed up my order the first time (no doubt due to simple language issues). My room was very nice, and room service was just fine.

There's a Starbucks just opposite the main entrance for those needing a fix of something familiar. I didn't take any walks from the hotel, but I had the impression it's well-situated and not impossibly far from Tianamen Square by foot.

I was slightly annoyed not to be able to take a western newspaper in the lobby for free (just bump up the room rate by a dollar or two), and then slightly more annoyed when I found out I couldn't just charge it to my room. These can only be described as "luxury problems."

Breakfast was very good (omelettes to order, etc) and served in a nice setting.

  • Stayed May 2008
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Thank thielees
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Property: InterContinental Beijing Financial Street
Address: No.11 Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100033, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Xidan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#52 Spa Hotel in Beijing
#62 Business Hotel in Beijing
#100 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
#164 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Beijing Financial Street 5*
Number of rooms: 248
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A MULTI-AWARDING WINNING HOTEL, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street is situated in the center of Beijing's prestigious financial and business district. The hotel is recognized by Earth Check as Silver Company and awarded by 《Travel + Leisure》as top 100 Best Hotels in Greater China.A contemporary, 18-storey building of modern design and traditional Chinese art set it apart, as does its ideal location. Just minutes away are Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Shopping area, the Central Government Administration, and several International shopping centers. It's also easy for leisure guests to reach famous historic heritage sites such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the White Pagoda Temple, and the Lama Temple. An ideal choice for both leisure and business travelers! ... more   less 
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