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“Memories of a lifetime” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Central Plaza
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.1 Caiyuan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100053, China (Beijing South Railway Station)   |  
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Ranked #120 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Memories of a lifetime”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Concierge - Mr Storm Li set up a really nice trip for us to the Moshikou section of the Great Wall -- we basically had the whole wall to ourselves!! This I think was the best part of our China experience. The package included a private van with driver, time at the Wall and the waterfall Buddha, a delicious four plate lunch at a local and gracious resident's home, and a traditional massage treatment at another local village for about 800 yuan for 3 people. Storm also put together a sort of custom pkg for us to have a private taxi all day to see just sites we had on our list. If you want to see a lot of sites on a limited time budget, consider this option. Our party of three went shopping at two sites, saw two museums, Beihei Park, Olympic Village, and the Giant Panda in one day AND we liked the driver enough to have him take us to the airport on our last day. Storm does a thorough job setting up these things.

Location - Save your taxi drivers grief by showing them your room key sleeve, which has a phone number and a description of how to find the hotel in Chinese. They don't automatically know how to find this hotel otherwise.

ROOMS
Beds and bedding were very clean and comfortable
Towels were soft and bigger than average
Room keys, of all things, gave us repeated problems. This was VERY annoying and they need to fix it!!
Service was good to very good - The desk staff was polite and helpful. Door man got us a taxi fast. Restaurant staff was friendly and our maids even folded the dirty laundry I threw in the corner. And of course the concierge was very helpful and thorough.

Restaurant
Free breakfast is great. Friendly staff. Variety of western and local fare, athough food in serving trays should be hotter. Not cheap for other meals.

Other facilities
Didn't really use lounge or pool or weight room. Wished there was a hot tub on site after long days of touring. Hotel description says 'Spa'
but they do not mean hot tub.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

I stayed twice at this Holiday Inn as part of a tour package. It has one of the best breakfasts I have eaten in a hotel. There is a complete American/European selection and an excellent Chinese selection of food. Food is fresh, tasty and plentiful. You can pretty much skip lunch.

The rooms were large American sized rooms and nicely decorated. Service was very good. They provided good advice on where to eat. When I had a problem with my room lock, they were at my door in minutes to help. The hotel has a Bank money change machine that offers rates that are way better than the Airports which charge large service charges and not so great rates.

The only downside was that the hotel did not seem close to any major tourist sites. There is a nice park, Daguanyuan park that is around 15 minutes walk. Admissions is 40 yuan, I felt it was worth it for its beauty and history. Check it out if you have a couple of hours to spare.

I am strict believer in price performance. I checked the rates for the hotel on the Internet and saw prices in the $80 to low $100 a night for low season. For this kind of money, this hotel is an excellent value.

Room Tip: Choose a higher floor for less road noise. If your room is too warm, the windows do open.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bowen, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Recently spent a week in Beijing at The Holiday Inn Central Plaza. Being our first trip to China we were very uncertain of how to book our toursa nd what highlights we could fit in when we were only there for a week.
After contacting several travel agencies we only becam more confused so we contacted the Hotel by email and asked for help through their concierge, Storm.
We have travelled extensively in many countries but Storm's service and attention to detail is unsurpassed. He personally ensures that all your arrangements will deliver the expectations that you have from making sure your picked up at the airport , ensuring your individual tours meet your expectations and that delivery to and from the hotel is within arrangements.
If you travelling to Beijing, don't look any further if you wish your visit to have that special quality that makes the holiday a memorable one. If you want it, Strom can arrange it.
On behalf of our party I w ould like to that Storm for his excellent service.
We will be back !


Ross Jan Lyn and Lenore

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

In August, I traveled to Beijing with my three children. I choose the Holiday Inn Central plaza because of the wonderful reviews of the concierge, Storm. Traveling alone with three children, I wanted to make sure that I had someone reliable to help us with any problems or issues we may have encountered. I was not disappointed in my choice! Storm was unbelievable and he was even better than all of the rave reviews he has received on Tripadvisor. Storm went above and beyond on a regular basis. He met was us daily and helped us plan our day, complete with transportation needs, cautions and sight seeing tips.

Seeing the Great Wall is a highlight for every trip to China. Storm took the day off, rented a van and took us to visit two sections of the wall. After the first section, he organized lunch at a local farmers house. We enjoyed a feast of fresh fish and many other authentic Chinese dishes. For the second section of the wall, Storm arranged for the village medicine woman to escort us. We walked though walnut and plum orchards to a remote section of the wall. After exploring a guard tower, we continued uphill to a spring where we enjoyed cool spring water, fresh fruit and nuts and a wonderful view of the mountains and the great wall. After coming down from the mountain we were treated to tea and moon cakes at another villagers house. It was truly an unforgettable experience for my family.

That was just one of the many wonderful experiences that Storm planned for us. Every day was another exciting, magnificent adventure! We spent a day traveling by rickshaw, visited an orphanage, took a bullet train to see the breathtaking Longmen grottoes, walked through the Pagoda Forest at Shaolin, and viewed first hand the incredible Terracotta soldiers. Every step of the way, Storm was there for us. He went after work to get our train tickets, arranged for a tour guide and hotel when we traveled out of Beijing and even arranged for us to spend our last night at the home of the village medicine woman, Zhang. Zhang prepared a home cooked farmers feast for us and gave us a fabulous tour of her village.

My children and I both agree that our trip to china was a thrilling and an eye opening experience. We could not have experienced China as we did, if it were not for the dedication and expertise of Storm. Our remarkable trip was due largely to Storms invaluable knowledge of the country, culture and people. I cannot say enough about Storm. He is truly a professional in every sense of the word and knows what to do and see in Beijing. If you are going to Beijing than you must go and see Storm Li. He will make sure that your trip will be as awe-inspiring as ours was!

Room Tip: Email Storm Li the concierge prior to your trip and he will arrange for transportation to the hotel...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

I went to China last month our first hotel was this, we love it, it is so clean, the rooms are spacious, the food is delicious specially the pizza but the best was the stuff because I had a trouble with a booking that I had done before travelling there, so Storm help us a lot, he arrange a beautiful trip around Beijing and Other places in China, at the beginning we didn´t know how to take the train he took us to the place we were going paying by himself around 500 Yuang, his kindness surprise us. Before we finish our trip we decided to stay other few days in this lovely hotel, I totally recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

The hotel is bland but offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of beijing life. My room was large with a view of a car park. The hotel is two miles south west of Tiananmen Square and a mile away from the subway, however the depot for the number 10 bus is located just around the block. For 1 Yuan (10p) this busy bus will take you into the heart of beijing (thanks to the concierge for this advice). I never used the hotel restaurant because the price was too expensive. You can eat for a fraction of the price close by, but you'll need to know how to order in chinese because no one speaks in english and all the menus are written in chinese

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

my family stayed at the Holiday Inn Central Plaza Beijing for 3 nights in October and it was great. The room was very modern and large.The beds were very comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China. Our best experiences were due to our concierge Storm. My daughter describes Storm as the best man in China. He arranged all our tours. He made the best arrangements for us and was always happy and willing to accomodate our schedule. He is exceptional. We thank the Hotel for offering the services of Storm to it's guests, he made our stay absolutely wonderful. Our main reason for going to Beijing, China for 2 days, was to visit the Great Wall, but we also got to visit the Ming tombs and the Silk Market, and enjoyed peking duck and Hot pot dinners.Our kids had a most enjoyable Fall Break. Thanks to Storm and thanks to Holiday inn express,beijing.

Room Tip: the rooms are large enough for a family of 4(parents, with 2 kids) we were concerned if we could all...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.1 Caiyuan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100053, China
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Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Beijing South Railway Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 Family Hotel in Beijing
#81 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#87 Luxury 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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