In the area of the 2008 Olympics. Adjacent to China National Convention Center (venue for the conference I attended). This is not a convenient location relative to a typical tourist or business agenda (1.5 hours to Tiananmen Square or the CBD in heavy traffic, which is most of the time), and there is very little of interest in the immediate area. Even restaurants are a long walk or a cab drive away. There is a nearby metro stop, but it's two changes of train to get downtown.
The hotel itself is very nice, with comfortable, quiet rooms that are kept immaculate. They change linens daily unless you insist they don't. The included buffet breakfast is very good, with many different selections from most any cuisine (the home-made yoghurt was excellent and unexpected). But the servers seemed very gifted at not noticing that you were asking for coffee, juice, or a refill. The onsite restaurants that I tried all provided good food (even the bar food was a cut above); the on-site Chinese restaurant is very expensive, but I have to admit that the food was exquisite.
Most of the desk staff do not speak good English, and their service needs improvement. At check-in, they told me I would have to move to a different hotel two days before my scheduled departure, despite a confirmed, prepaid reservation. When I asked to speak to the manager, I was told he was busy. When I insisted, I was told he would call me, which he never did. Ultimately, I did not have to move, because I was stubborn, but others in our group were made to move. The concierge was perfunctory. They were happy to arrange over-priced private tours from a brochure that included lots of mandatory shopping, but anything more customized was beyond either their capabilities or their interest. The service of the lobby and restaurant staff is not up to the Intercontinental brand's standard, despite the high prices. By contrast, the room attendants were cheerful, diligent, and some of them spoke better English than the desk staff.
If you need to be at the CNCC or a nearby business, this is the place. Otherwise, try somewhere nearer downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Beijing Beichen is conveniently interconnected with the China National Convention Center (CNCC), one of Asia’s largest convention center. Beijing International Convention Centre (BICC), the Olympic Forest Park, National Olympic Stadium and China National Tennis Center are all within walking distance from the hotel while the business centers of Zhongguancun Science & Technology Park, Shangdi Hi-tech Zone, Wangjing, Tsinghua University and Peking University can be reached in a short drive. The hotel is only 30 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport and 25 minutes from CBD. The hotel combines sophisticated meeting infrastructure, restaurants & lounges and relaxation options with comfortable and spacious rooms to perfectly cover the needs of international and local meeting & exhibition delegates (MICE) and business travelers. Easy access to Beijing’s historical sightseeing spots, such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall and the Summer Palace, as well as the amazing view of the blue Water Cube, make it a preferred venue to combine business and leisure. Galaxy Hall offers one-stop exclusive customized service including meeting, dining and recreations. With all over 350sqm, it has a capacity of more than 100 participants, immersing themselves in the tour of each professional field, together with the panoramic Olympic view through french window. Recreation room provides attendees with upscale KTV equipment, 75 inches home theatres to fully relax mind and soul. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Beijing Beichen Hotel Beijing