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“Overpriced for Dirty Rooms”

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Beihang Training Center
Ranked #934 of 6,449 Hotels in Beijing
Texas
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Overpriced for Dirty Rooms”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

I stayed here for a little over a month. Even though they say that they speak English, they really do not. The internet is unreliable and difficult to set up if you are not a computer genius. There are far better places to stay in Beijing and much better prices. The rooms are "cleaned" everyday, but I do not think that they ever clean the floors. When I asked for my sheets to be changed, the under sheet was changed, but the pillow cases and the comforter were not for the entire month. The breakfast buffet has some good food, but really it is not ideal for a westerner. It is better to get street food. I would not stay here ever again, unless some one else was paying for it. The other reviews are right.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Oregon, USA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

This hotel serves Beihang University, and it is not designed or staffed to serve as an international hotel but rather to serve Chinese guests. So let's make it clear right away that this hotel would not meet European or American standards of service or cleanliness, nor does it cater to their eating preferences. At this hotel, you are in China among mostly Chinese people. From a Euro-American international travel perspective: The rooms are not clean. The carpets are stained and dirty. There are dead mosquitos smashed on the walls which no one took the time to wipe away. The housekeepers do a very minimal daily maintenance and follow a very short checklist. There is simply a very different standard of cleanliness. In the restaurant, at the buffet breakfast, the dishes are frequently dirty. I noticed that one woman brought her own sanitary wipes and cleaned off her plate before eating. The food is all Chinese (this is China!), and the trays are not filled regularly. What you get depends partly on what time you show up and when the tray was last filled. The "coffee" is not the coffee you are used to. The orange juice is not the orange juice you are used to. Plenty of noodles, rice, soggy greens and vegetables, sometimes hard boiled eggs, watermelon slices if you are lucky.

The service is not the service you are used to. The staff at the restaurant and among the hotel workers will probably not include any English speakers, and their idea of their relation to you is different from what you would expect. The staff at the front desk is more likely to include someone who has a little English, but you cannot count on it. There are no "Do Not Disturb" signs for your door, and one morning I was interrupted several times--by someone who had to squeeze insecticide from a syringe at strategic places around the room, by the housekeepers, by a room inspector checking after the housekeepers, and by someone who had to place a sticker with Chinese writing on a panel on the wall. You realize, after a while, that people are doing their jobs, following protocols, meeting requirements, but that consideration of the individual well-being of guests is not among their major considerations. It's not that they don't care. They do. It's just that it seems not to be the main part of their jobs.

There is business travel and then there is travel and then there is a mixture. For business travel, I personally find the Training Center to be poor. Business can be very hard work and travel to China can be exhausting considering the time zones and the change in water and diet and air and so on. With a good night's sleep, in a clean and comfortable room, and a hearty breakfast with some American or European choices, I can power through anything the rest of the day. It's difficult to get this good start at the Training Center. (By the way, the bag tea in the room is the worst I have ever tasted. Don't try it.)

But then there is mixed travel. With an adjustment in expectations, the Training Center will do fine. You will be among Chinese people in China. You may meet Chinese people from other places. You will have to deal with a different set of cultural expectations, and you will either have to speak some Mandarin or learn to communicate with people who do. You will have to accustom your body to different food and water. (Bring a good water filter, by the way. It helps.) You may learn things about other people and yourself that you did not know. You will change.

My conclusion: The Training Center needs to decide whether it wants to serve international visitors, and conference organizers and business people need to decide where to place their guests accordingly. If the Training Center wants to be an international center and serve larger numbers of international guests, it will have to make changes. If you are an American or European staying at the Training Center, you will have to adjust and adapt. It will be more difficult than usual to keep your health and energy up, but there will also be some rewards.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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germany
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147 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

i was back.

i addition to my previously given comments i have to state:

- the personal is very friendly and always tried to help and to guide.

- the state/condition of the rooms becomes unacceptable. the carpet is completely dirty, uncleaned and GRRRR/BRRRRR.

- state condition of the floors/stairs/elevators/... is acceptable, it seems that the vacuum cleaner can not be used or are damaged.

- the bathroom is dirty, the shower is unrepaired, the condition is bad.

- the air condition system works well but partially stinks.

- late afternoon/early night people call systematically for 'massage', sometimes 2 times. GR.

- the internet is now combined with entrance statement/filter, works fine, but expecially late afternoon, early nights is slow.

- the breakfast (in the building nearby) remains the same since 10 years and is basic chinese.

if this hotel can be avoided (may be THE information for guest researchers/professors from outside china) try to avoid this or get it as a short time experience. the vision hotel (where the university gets also special prices (600 > 500 yuan) is the alternative or without special university conditions the park plaza at one of the entrancies of the university.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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germany
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147 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2011

the beihang training center works as the guest house of the beihang
university. the guests are people related to the university, typically
chinese ph.d. students, professors, congress participants etc., usually not from the west (> park plaza, vision hotel).

the typical guests are natives chinese, nevertheless the hotel deals with
a low even acceptable western standard. the rooms are small, inside is the
minimum you expect including ac. the rooms will be checked/cleaned daily,
the carpet seems never to be cleaned since months (no vaccuumcleaner seen
here).

the breakfast will be given in the nearby prof/guest dining hall (with vouchers), this is
a 100% native chinese breakfast, go, see, take, eat and go, nothing related to any kind
of typical (western) hotel breakfast; so if you want to learn ... try it, its ok.

close by are all facilities of the campus, especially two supermarkets
selling everything for daily need and more.

the internet (internal beihang wired net) works well. no distinction
between smoking and nonsmoking rooms are offered.

as a conclusion the hotel is acceptable, especially if you are working at
the campus because from the hotel you reach the main bildung within 2-3
min., the subway within 7 min. walk.

in comparison with the two other hotels close by and usually combined with
beihang (vision hotel and parkplaza), this hotel is definitively something
between 1 star and 2 star, but (more or less) clearn.

the point is: it's on the campus. the adress ist not no. 37 as offcially shown (this is the 2nd side of the vision hotel), it's located directly on the middle of the campus.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Beihang Training Center
Address: No.37 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China
Location: China > Beijing > Wudaokou
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Ranked #934 of 6,449 Hotels in Beijing
Number of rooms: 290

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