This property goes by several different names. For timeshare visitors, it’s
the “Absolute Private Residence Club” or “Absolute Private Residence
Club at Jinqiao” or “ASL at Jinqiao.” For hotel visitors, it’s the
“Jinqiao International Apartment Hotel,” “Jinqiao International Garden
Apartment Beijing,” or “Beijing Jinqiao International.” My
understanding is that there are several different levels of rooms, and that
the timeshare exchange rooms (which are small apartments) are nicer than the
standard hotel rooms.
We had a 1-bedroom timeshare apartment, which was quite nice. The apartment
had obviously been completely renovated recently, and the fixtures and
appliances were new and high quality. The kitchen was small but functional,
and fully stocked with cookware. The hall that we were on seemed to be all
non-smoking. The apartment was by no means luxurious, but it was very
functional, spotless, and well situated for first-time visitors (like us).
The timeshare representatives remained mostly silent during our stay – our
interaction was with the main hotel staff.
The lobby area was large and spotless, with a small bakery. Down the hall
from the lobby were a bar and snack bar, several small shops, and an extremely
convenient grocery store. In the back of the grocery store there was public
internet access – you could use their computer for 15 minutes for about $1.
Most of the hotel and store employees spoke at least very basic English, and
all were kind, even (or especially!) when communication was difficult. The
hotel had room service, and the staff who answered the phone always spoke
basic English. The main restaurant was large and always busy, and seemed to
be frequented mostly by locals – the food was good and reasonably priced.
As for location – Beijing is simply enormous, so almost every site you visit
requires transport of some kind. But in general, we found the hotel to be
well located. It was about 15 minutes by taxi to Tiananmen Square and the
major sites. The hotel is situated at the intersection of several major
roads, so taxi seemed to be preferable to subway/metro. One note: the
entrance to the hotel is a bit tricky, and taxi drivers sometimes miss it.
We thought the location and the hotel in general were good for first-time
visitors. The place is not fancy (say, like a Marriott timeshare), but it was
not basic, either – it was moderate. But as stated before, very clean and
functional. The tour guide we hired for one day, who was a native of Beijing
and lived nearby, told us that amongst local Chinese, the hotel has a good
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