This Holiday Inn offers very good value for your money in Beijing. The lobby, the atrium and the rooms are smart and modern. I have to say that given the choice between a modern Western hotel and a Chinese hotel, with the same price range, I would choose the former 9 times out of 10.
Yes the rooms are small. But I don't really need vacant space for the sake of space. It has amenities that Chinese hotels in similar price class don't have; a safe and a very good work table. And of course Western TV channels. There is both cable and wifi and it is free.
The reception staff spoke passable English and the manager spoke competent English. When I asked him to make a business phonecall in Chinese, he did it for me and I was able to get the business done. I didn't eat there but the outside seating for the bar/cafe looked very nice.
Now for the downsides. It is out of the way, close to the 4th Ring Rd. I have hardly been out this far. But the station Beitucheng on Line 10 is close by and this makes it rather convenient. It's just one change, at Sanyuanqiao, to the airport. A change to Line 5 will get you to Wangfujing. This allows you to avoid the horrible Beijing traffic crawling along the 2nd and 3rd Ring roads.
It is also hidden away from the road with no signage on Minzuyuan Rd. which to me is an inexplicable oversight. It makes the hotel almost impossible to find on your first try. It doesn't help that a lot of cabbies don't know the hotel. But the name of the road it is on is part of the hotel name and this being a major thoroughfare, all drivers know it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun is located in the heart of bustling Zhongguancun, Often referred to as China's Silicon Valley.The hotel neighbors a number of multi-national enterprises,scientific institution, art galleries and renowned universities.The Beijing subway is 5 minutes walk from the hotel, only ten-minutes drive from Shangdi Hi-tech;while Beijing International Airport is 40 minutes drive by car.Just a short distance away stands the majestic sights of Yuanmingyuan Ruins Park and the Summer Palace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Holiday Inn Express