At the very start of my holiday in Beijing for August 2012 I went hunting for a hotel. I went to Starway Tuanjiehu Hotel to ask for a viewing of a guest bedroom and to enquire about booking a room for my holiday but there was an electricity cut for at least a whole section of the Starway Tuanjiehu Hotel so staff at reception said that it was not possible for me to view a guest bedroom (no corridor lights, no bedroom lights!!!) as the way that the hotel obtained its electricity- it was… all tied up with the local enterprises/ buildings of that street and workmen had been refurbishing/ constructing something in a very nearby building (it might have been the kindergarten) but accidentally damaged some kind of an electricity cable in the process - that resulted in the power cut. The reception staff told me that the power cut would probably carry on for the rest of that day and could not tell me when electricity was going to be available again.
The hotel staff did not particularly seem to enjoy working there in their/ her not very happy mode of speaking about the hotel… so I expect the hotel staff to care about providing service to its guests less than some other hotels in town that cost the same kind of money.
And – my god – this hotel, Starway Tuanjiehu Hotel, was a right nightmare to get to in a taxi, even though I’m totally fluent in Mandarin Chinese and I even gave the taxi driver the full Chinese address of the hotel as well as this hotel’s complete Chinese name. I was not in a hurry that day and did not give the taxi driver a hard time, but he drove to that area first then he kept on getting out of the taxi to ask the people of that local area about where the Starway Tuanjiehu Hotel was 4 – 5 times! And it was very unusual for a taxi passenger in Beijing to be so relaxed about that taxi driver doing that, as most Beijing taxi passengers would have been yelling and screaming at that taxi driver saying what’s wrong with you being so pathetic blah blah… well… … I am not from Beijing, that’s the thing!
The taxi driver had to drop me off at the point of entry of some kind of a local area and I had to walk on 2 long streets before I stepped upon the entrance of the Starway Tuanjiehu Hotel. Vehicles such as cars were banned from going straight to the door of that hotel, I was told, at most they could get to that entry point 2 long streets away from the hotel. And on the street that the hotel was on, I definitely did not see any cars, mini-vans or suchlike. This was surprising to me, I don’t get it, how about hotel guests with multiple bags for their trips, especially – any heavy items?!??? How can a hotel be situated at a spot that does not allow vehicles except things such as bicycles?! That is so strange, but that was what I got told.
If you stay at the Starway Tuanjiehu Hotel I just have no idea how you are going to get back as a hotel guest at the end of a day of sightseeing/ travelling around town/ your business conferences, considering that it’s such an absolute nightmare for a Beijing taxi driver to eventually find the hotel (not really 'found', it’s not like he drove me to the door, he basically dropped me off elsewhere and pointed fingers at where I should walk to!)
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- Also Known As:
- Starway Hotel Beijing Tuanjiehu
- Super 8 Beijing
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