The decision to stay at the Marco Polo Parkside probably has more to do with location than anything else. Even though it is in Chaoyang district, it is located well to the north of the city between the 4th and 5th ring roads and not close to the two central business areas that lie to the immediate west (XiDan/XiCheng) and east (Chaoyang) of the Forbidden City and where most of the tourist sites are located (the exception being the Great Wall which is to the North of Beijing). It offers better access to the high tech and university zones in the Haidian area to the North West of Beijing. I stayed there because it was conveniently 10 minutes from where we were having all day meetings before going to the airport which is also easily accessed by the 4th ring road.
Apart from the location, the hotel is functionally appointed, but far from great by Beijing standards. The gym is pretty basically equipped and though the hardware and fittings in the rooms are decent, there are notable glitches - specifically the free WiFi was painfully slow and the water pressure in the shower was miserable.
The highlight was the free executive floor breakfast which was as about good as they get with lots of hot food and well beyond the standard continental breakfast/cold cuts. Kudos!
A decent choice if you have to be in that specific part of Beijing, else there are other options to consider that have a more central location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Yayuncun commercial area of Beijing, the Marco Polo Parkside, Beijing is only a kilometre away from the Beijing International Conference Centre, the Olympic Park and the ‘Bird’s nest’ stadium – host to 2008 Olympic Games, Marco Polo Parkside, Beijing is in the nerve-centre of the city. Choose from a wide variety of rooms comprising the Superior Rooms, Deluxe twin Bedrooms, Continental Club Rooms and the Junior Suite to experience the famed Marco Polo brand of comfort, elegance and legendary service. Every room comes with free broadband access. Share a delightful evening or have a power lunch at one of the five dining outlets consisting of the international Café Marco, Beijing Palace Chinese Restaurant, Matsuko Japanese Restaurant, Café 5 and Lobby Lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marco Polo Parkside Beijing Hotel Beijing