Ok, so first off, this hotel is in the middle of nowhere. There are no metro stops nearby. Although (I heard) it's walking distance from the 798 Art district and physically closer to the airport than some other hotels. But unless you have business nearby, there's really no reason to stay here. Even the Airport is more convenient from other parts of the city, because there's no transport, unlike a hotel near the Dongzhimen transport hub, for example.
The only reason I did stay here, was that a tour I was going on switched the hotel at the last minute from the HI Express Donghzimen. Comparing the two properties, I can tell you this one is inferior in every way. Harder beds -not Chinese rock hard, but American firm (so not so bad); worse breakfast (though still enough to keep you full); much more inconvenient; only 2 computers in the lobby for internet use, rather than 6 like in Dongzhimen (but at least they're there). So not terrible by any means, but there are better choices. If you're inclined to stay in a Holiday Inn Express to begin with, I wouldn't choose this one.
The one thing I will say about this place, is that there is an *amazing* bakery next door, around the corner from the entrance. I just had breakfast, but I saw the croissants inside, and they looked really, really good. Sometimes you can just tell by looking. Real, western style croissants. I ordered a chocolate croissant, even though I was already full, and wow... I didn't regret it. I meant to have one bite, and save the rest for later, but this was the kind of croissant one doesn't save for later. Perfectly crispy on the outside, moist and chewy inside... this ranked with the best chocolate croissants I have had anywhere! Naturally I devoured it on the spot. Of course this has nothing to do with the hotel, except that it's right there adjacent to the place, and I would never in a million years have gone to this bakery in the middle of a nondescript residential/business corner of Beijing, had I not had to stay overnight here.
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