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Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan
Ranked #161 of 6,568 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed October 15, 2012

I was a bit anxious about booking this hotel, as a few reviews rated it poorly. I can only assume they had a dodgy pint, or something, as I think it is everything it sets out to be.
The staff are very friendly, and really try to help. The spoken English is limited to a few staff members, but I strongly believe it's my problem, not theirs!
The rooms are clean; the maids do a great job very thoroughly; they even retrieved my old toothbrush that I threw away and left it on the side for me!! (I threw it away again, and they left it that time...) There is tea and coffee making facility, and shower gel of a good quality provided, as well as new toothbrushes, combs, soap etc. Towels have been changed every day, despite my green efforts at hanging them back up; they also change the duvet cover every couple of nights.
The hotel has free wireless internet access in all rooms as well as the lobby, and it is good enough to support Apple's Facetime calling, so I think that is a real bonus. The room itself is fine; some have reported their room being bordering on 'tired' and I can see their point, but it hasn't worried me, especially. Will need updating in the next couple of years I guess.
My only criticism would be that the breakfast choices are pretty limited, but generous in quantity and what IS available is perfectly acceptable quality.
I am attending the ICS annual conference at the CNCC. In an ideal world, I would pay the £190 per night and stay at the Intercontinental...but at £35 per night this is great value. It is about 20-30 minutes walk up through Olympic Park to CNCC, but the subway is 3 minutes walk, and is better than London's tube, and CHEAP!! (Try 20p for any journey!! I bought the travel card to swipe in like London's Oyster card, rather than buy a ticket each time. That costs £2 refundable deposit, and then 20p per journey of any length). You can easily get the subway to the centre of town, to see the sights, and to get the Airport Express. That said, a taxi from the airport cost £38 with 4 suitcases and 2 adults, so I thought that was better than struggling.

Room Tip: I had a room facing the atrium and its fine. Someone else had a room facing the park, and were distu...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Istayed a couple of nights in this hotel in april 2012. compared with other hotels of the holiday inn express chain in beijing it is slightly cheaper. the rooms are actually more spacious than in the other hotels, but somehow i had an youth hostel impression as the furnitures in the room seemed to be put in the room as they had no other place to put them. the location is only good if you're in beijing with a car and know where you want to go. the setting at the hotel is rather strange but once you're in it is more or less a reliable budget stay as expected from this hotel chain.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This is a terrific hotel in a great location and fantastic value. The rooms are well-appointed, though aging a quickly, probably due to the environment and humidity. It's right at the junction of two subway lines, which is a fantastic convenience, while also being within easy walking distance of the Olympic Park. There's a decent selection of restaurants nearby, a shopping center, an upscale tea house, and a wonderful Cultural Park. The breakfast has something for everyone, with a beautiful patio overlooking the Cultural Park -- often the most serene and relaxing moment of the day! However, it was quite difficult to locate the hotel -- it is located down the driveway of the China Town Shopping Center, and there is no sign on Minzuyuan Road, so our taxi driver was very confused (compounding the difficulty of not speaking Chinese). The other problem is that many of the staff barely speak English, though this is probably the case at most hotels. This was one of the quietest hotels I've been in, though that depends a lot on the other guests, but I was amazed at how quiet the rooms are. There were almost no children.

Room Tip: Look for the ornate gateway to the shopping center at the given address and go down that driveway (t...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

I have just returned from a 7 night stay here whilst attending a conference at the CNCC between 17th-21st Sept. The hotel offered special rates associated with the conference (breakfast included) so I cannot comment on the value for money as this was no doubt a special deal. You did have the option of paying more for a 'room with a view' which I did not opt for. The room facing the inner court do suffer from an 'echo effect' as the middle of the hotel is a hollow shaft (see photos on this site). Upon arrival there was some confusion due to new staff and poor english. They tried to make me leave a 1000 RMB deposit for possible laundry charges, whereas a colleague checking in next to me wasn't asked for any such deposit. As this would have used up what I had just converted at the airport they then tried to drop it to 700RMB. I wasn't impressed so flatly refused to leave any deposit as I had already paid for the room with my credit card months beforehand. Apart from this the stay was satisfactory. The breakfast buffet was adequate (both western and Asian choices) with a nice outside area to eat it. The room was clean with a great shower cubicle. Free water and coffee in the room (although no fridge). I should warn buisness travellers that you shouldn't expect a fast connection to download files at speed once there as the server does become overloaded at times but you can e-mail, etc. (High-speed china is not High-speed Europe). Easy access to the metro line and for getting around Beijing.

Room Tip: Maybe pay for a room facing the city if you have the budget
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

hideous!
i arrived late at night. the doors were locked and we spent 30-40 secs trying to get them to open the doors. At reception, not once did they look me in the eye during the check in proceedure. No-one offered to help with luggage.
our room was a non smoking room with an ashtray, and a sign telling us not to smoke in bed. It stank. the carpet was dirty, the bath tiles broken and the bedsheets torn. the breakfast was inedible - apart from the jam, and the coffee....
english is not well spoken. i did not try writing so my accent may (possibly) be to blame.

Oh, and not to mention the view.... take a look......

i left exactly 9 hours after arrival, and moved to a lovely hotel not so far away...
my reaction: dont even waste your time..................

Room Tip: Dont chose this hotel........
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank v j
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Minzuyuan for three days. As others have said, they have their pluses and minues, though my view is that there are enough minuses to suggest they could readily make the experience more pleasant, and if not, other options might be better. Looking over the other reviews, as noted, they do have a few English channels (CNN, a movie, and ESPN), and their breakfast is about the same each day, and is one of the less extensive breakfast buffets that I have typically experienced in Beijing, but, again, adequate and what they have is generally good. On the other hand, things like the yogurt seemed to run out (or just come out slowly, and the toast took forever). Little things, but they add up.

The room was quite nice. Clean, comfortable, relatively large, though the TV was a bit fuzzy. The window had a nice view, though that also let in the sounds of various activities outside, which seemed to go until about 1:30 am weekday nights.

Now some of the things on which they seem to miss the boat:

1. The key cards did not work that well, and were quirky. After getting one that worked, it was sensitive to how long you left it in the slot.
2. The elevator are incredibly slow.
3. And now likely my biggest complaint: They charge for printing out boarding passes, and it is incredibly time consuming to use their computers to do so. I gave up from doing it on their computer, so went upstairs and did it on the internet (on the positive, their wired internet is fast... though the wireless was bad). For a Hol. Inn Express to charge for printing boarding passes was a bit shocking.
4. Not as many dining options very near by as other hotels (but there is a McDonalds if that is your cup of tea).

Overall, it was a fine stay, but I have done better (and worse) in Beijing. On the other hand, if you are staying here, it will be comfortable. Oh... in contrast to others, I foud that communicating with the staff (e.g., at the desk) was not a problem.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I stayed for two 5-night blocks separated by a few days (R&R elsewhere). My first room was perfectly okay, though with a view of a grim concrete light well, and no in-room safe. Reasonable internet speed (free in-room), free bottled water and in-room tea/coffee, couple of English TV channels (including CNN & HBO), decent buffet breakfast, and handily located for the Olympic park (30-minute walk, or short metro or taxi ride). Central Beijing easily reached by metro, with a station just round the corner. My second room (at the same rate) was much bigger, had an in-room safe, and a better - though not good! view over town.

Tucked away down an unprepossessing alley, this place was obviously built for the 2008 Olympics, and though not now an obvious choice as a base to explore Beijing it's perfectly functional for a few nights stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Address: Building3, No.2 Minzuyuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Asian Games Village
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range: $68 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 418
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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