I spent 7 nights in this hotel because I participated in a Congress in the neighbouring Beijing Conference Centre. The first thing that struck me on arrival was the absence of seats in the lobby, apart from 2 armchairs in a hidden corner. The public parts are not bad and the room (13th floor) was large enough (2 beds, but a single would have been sufficient) with a good bathroom with tub. Yet everything in the room was not really clean or, better said, really rinsed. And the dust in the carpet was removed from the most superficial sheath of the carpet, only. Toiletries in the bathroom were minimal and the wall of the bathtub still was a bit rough from the preceding guests, I suppose.
Wi-fi in my room was working quite well but I have a VPN connection, whereas some colleagues without VPN complained about theirs. Anyhow, I preferably used the wi-fi of the Congress Centre. There was air-conditioning with central control and no possibility to fine-tune it to my requirements.
The two restaurants of the hotel are not bad but they seem to be run mainly by trainees, who largely outnumber the professional staff. The breakfast is quite correct: Asian style and Continental style are well represented, although American and English-style breakfasts are more Spartan, but with plenty of fresh fruit. As usual in China, the linguistic competences of the personnel are very limited, even at the reception desk where only a couple of persons were able to speak English. I hopelessly tried French and German...
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