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Olympic Airportel Hotel
Ranked #1,504 of 6,462 Hotels in Beijing
New York City, New York
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“Tried it for one night and that was enough”
Reviewed April 7, 2010

I was originally not going to need a place to spend the night in Beijing. A last minute change in travel details, however, got me in Beijing more than 12 hours earlier than I originally planned. I knew of rooms in Capital Airport (at/near gate E10) that one can rent by the hour, but I wanted more than just a bed. (Privacy, security, etc.) I knew I'd have to book myself a room, but it had to be a place close by and preferably one with a shuttle to the airport.

TripAdvisor helped me find this one as other reviewers say its only good for one night stays. After my one night, I agree.

I used Booking.com to make my reservation. I also used Google Translate to add my flight details to the comments section in Mandarin so they would pick me up after customs in the terminal. Sure enough, there they were.

Upon arrival to the hotel, everything went downhill. They found my reservation rather quickly. I saw the slip in her hand. It had my flight number and "Booking.com" written on it. However, despite the best efforts of the sole front desk agent who spoke English, it turned out incoming guests to the hotel (Chinese, not even foreigners) spoke better English than her.

Tip to possible visitors: Bring folding cash. All I had was my debit card, which I used to pay for my room. But I couldn't leave a 100 RMB deposit, which had to be paid in cash, without which I, for example, couldn't make calls to the States from my room. I had to make my phone call right at the front desk (I spoke Spanish, but still) and paid for it with my debit card. (8 RMB/min. by the way)

Now, I've traveled in Asia before (Japan, North Korea) and have come across firm mattresses that still yielded to my weight revealing some degree of overall softness. In this hotel, which was actually a re-purposed apartment complex called Ao Zhu, the mattress was solid. I mean, I might as well have been sleeping on the floor. Mind you, I did manage to sleep. 10 hours, even. I was simply shocked at how hard the mattress was.

There were textured bath mats on the floor of the bathroom. The shower is right in front of the toilet and a curtain separates the toilet/shower area from the sink area and window. I did my best and didn't completely soak the place.

Thanks to another guest with better English than the staff I confirmed that breakfast was included. I skipped it however. Breakfast was served on the second floor between the hours of 5:30am and 9am. For those interested, anyway. I thought I wanted to, but I decided against it. I wanted to make myself some tea using the electric kettle, but there was lime scale at the bottom of it so that was out. I even refused to drink either of the two bottles of water provided in my room. Basically, for a reason I could not explain, being here made me overall uneasy. I just wanted to leave. The front desk agent said that since my flight was at 6pm, I was to check out at 2pm. I ended up leaving of my own volition at 11am.

The morning shift was more promising as there was a different English-speaking agent present who took to my needs fairly quickly. I was checked out and was returned 40 RMB in cash. (I guess they did take that "deposit" from my debit card anyway). She called the shuttle to the airport and asked me which terminal I needed to get to.

Her English was better but it wasn't enough to make me feel any less uneasy staying at this hotel. If you happen to have one more night to spend in Beijing and will be flying the hell out the next day, stay here. Deal with check in/check out and a hard mattress like I did but sleep well. Check out and get yourself to the airport. What you do from there I leave to you.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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Essex, England
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

I am having difficulty in reconciling the high ratings which other guests have given the Aulympic with our recent experiences. We are NOT by any means fussy, and we don't go for upmarket hotels. However, we have two essential requirements: that the place should be clean and comfortable. We can live with tired decor as long as it's clean. We had just spent a week at a charming Courtyard hotel in the Beijing Hutongs, which met out requirements perfectly.
The Aulympic hotel was not easy for the taxi driver to find, but fortunately, my husband had looked at it on Google earth and was able to direct him. The initial impression of the hotel was favourable, as the hotel has a pleasant reception area and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We spent 2 nights at the Aulympic, immediately before and after a trip to Hong Kong.
On the first of the nights, we had a room with a Superking sized bed which was as hard as a rock! Both of us had great difficulty in getting comfortable, and once awake there was no lying around, it was that bad. The bedding was very clean, but had only a thick duvet, which we had to remove from its cover, which we used over us. The carpet was very grubby and the ensuite bathroom was a wet room, and indeed, everything did get wet! As safety precaution I had to dry the bathroom floor before going to bed as I was concerned that it would have been all too easy to slip on the wet floor.
There are tea making facilities in the room, which are always welcome. Then there was the breakfast. It was very Chinese, serving predominantly noodles, stir fry veg and meat dishes, there were some boiled eggs, and eventually they found some kind of bread and jam. At 6am I was not really interested in food, and drinks (all cold), had, for some reason, to be purchased, which we thought very odd as breakfast was included in the cost of the night's stay.
The airport shuttle service was excellent, the minibus runs half-hourly, the trip taking less than 10 mins. On our return we were met in arrivals by the driver and within 20 minutes of leaving the plane were on our way to the hotel.
I was not relishing the prospect of a second night at the Aulympic as a very hard bed was not going to be conducive to the good night's sleep we needed before the long flight home. On this occasion, however, we were given a twin bedded room where the beds were somewhat softer than the bed we'd had before. The other comments regarding bedding, the carpet and the bathroom were again applicable. This time we brought our breakfast with us and used the tea-making facilities.
The Aulympic appears to be a former block of flats which has been converted into a hotel. Their rates are very reasonable, but this hotel possibly qualifies as the worst place I've ever stayed in, and I would strongly advise anyone considering it to think again. There are nearby hotels which would be worth looking at- they are almost certainly better than this, and they cost very little more. It's a shame really, as the Aulympic staff do make an effort, but the place needs a major facelift and, above all, some new beds!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed August 23, 2008

8 minutes from the airport. Perfectly fine for short stay near airport. clean room, nice staff. Not too fancy, but has all basics, and it is cheap. I paid only $45 US on 16th day of Olympics when other "cheap" hotels were $500. Take the free shuttle van, b/c place is hard to find for taxi drivers. Can go to "hotels and information" booth at airport, and they will call the driver for you. he arrived in 10 min for me at 11:30 at night.

had nice firm king size bed. they sell beer and water in lobby. no fridge in room. Good tv though. have wireless, and one computer near lobby for free general use.

I stayed only one night, but would stay again.

  • Liked — location near Beijing airport, extremely responsive staff taking too and from airport
  • Stayed August 2008
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Property: Olympic Airportel Hotel
Address: No.36 Xiao Tianzhu Road, Capital Airport, Shunyi District, Beijing 100621, China
Location: China > Beijing > Beijing Capital International Airport
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #1,504 of 6,462 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Olympic Airportel Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aulympic Airportel is a three star hotel in Beijing, China. It is just an 8-minute drive from Beijing Capital Airport and is close to Ligao Park, Tianzhu Garden, and New International Exhibition Center. It offers 258 air-conditioned rooms that is equipped with double/twin beds, cable TV, IDD telephone, and free high-speed Internet. The hotel offers you ideal venues for corporate and social events. Meeting rooms are available for seminars. Aulympic Airportel has a classy bar and restaurant, where you can celebrate life's wonderful moments. ... more   less 
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