If you scroll around the review, it would not be hard to find out that this resort is isolated and FAR FAR away from downtown Beijing. I attempted to venture out to the nearest district downtown area (NOT Beijing downtown!), and it took me 45 minutes one-way on a taxi through miles and miles of empty farmland before I can see some street lights and a KFC.
More disappointingly is their quality of service compared against to their price. They claim that it is a 5-star hotel and so is the room rate (with conference group discount, we were paying roughly $150/night). But in reality, the hotel's overall service quality is really just at a 2-star level.
First, the hotel room - The check-in experience was far less impressive than any other 5-star hotels I stayed. The lobby was always very cold (my trip was in December). The hallway has strong smoking smell near my room. The room temperature is either very warm (when you turn your A/C on even with the lowest temperature) or very cold (if you turn it off), so I had to turn it on and off manually to keep the temperature at a desired level. The bathroom was OK in terms of the cleanness. However the provided shampoo, body wash, soap, and other convenient items are so low quality, that they really just meet my 2-star hotel bar. BTW, they don't offer conditioner and lotion. So, bring your own or prepare to buy if you need them. The bed / mattress is hard. The quality of the pillows, the comforter and the towels are no where near Hilton's, Marriot's, Westin's or even Holiday Inn's. Again, 2-star standard. Think of the things you can expect from motels in the States.
Next, the food service (restaurants) - since it's so isolated, you're more than likely stuck with its built-in restaurants. Due to their excellent sales team, they always have large and small conferences within their resorts. And those conferences (held by local companies / government agencies) are very likely to reserve dinner for the entire conference attendees. One of the 3 restaurants had been always booked for the 4 nights I stayed. And yes, by the 3rd night, I'm totally ready for something different from the buffet. So if you will be there for more than a couple of nights, prepare to pay around $40 each-way for taxi to get to downtown Beijing for some food that is much more exciting and authentic Chinese.
Lastly, entertainment / night life - Again, as it's isolated, you don't have any option, except if the conference organizer organized for you. The resort itself has KTV, bar and dance club, etc. But they are really just facilities for the conference organizers to rent. And they don't even take individual guest even if you want to just go there and "crash the party" per se.
As a summary, just to be fair, it did serve as a fine place to host conference (it does have huge conference rooms, grant tall ceilings, giant banquet rooms that can easily accommodate thousands of people). But as a hotel, it totally fails as what it's claimed to be a 5-star hotel. If it had been rated as a 2-star hotel and its price had been adjusted accordingly, I'd have given it a 5-star rating.
Personally, I would not choose to stay in that hotel next time, even if the conference will be held there. Set your expectation right, and maybe, your visit wont be as disappointing as mine. Good luck.
Try to stay higher and be sure to ask non-smoking rooms.
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