Chose the location as a compromise between airport and central and this actually worked out OK, if a challenge for taxi drivers to find it. This, I find, is incredible - you have a map with the hotel directions in Chinese and they still can't find it! Never mind, thanks to Google maps on the Blackberry - seriously - managed to get myself back at night.
The hotel is big and the service acceptable. Stayed on the club floor which worked out cheaper than the pre-booked room (can't quite figure that out still), and the breakfast was on floor 20 in the club lounge. Using my 'how to rate a breakfast' scale of poached-eggs, they get a '2/10'.
Room: OK, clean and has all the bits you need. Water is a cheekly 60Y extra and WiFi a tad slow.
And then there's the German restaurant.
So, anyone from Europe would not automatically flock to one, but here you have no choice if the thousands of Beijing eateries have been excluded! So, I tried it (becuase it was late), and my summary is that Berlin needs to make a visit. Starter & main served at the same time; dry chicken, and token carrots probably had been sitting (or rather lying) around for ages. If you are stuck for someting to eat - and I mean stuck - then give it a go.
Service generally OK and as a base - you should consider.
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- Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town is an international hotel perfectly located in Beijing's Central Business District, adjacent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Embassy Area, Sanlitun Bar Street and teh Silk Market. Hotel prime location is wonderfully convenient in meeting your business, shopping and entertainment needs. The hotel adjoins popular U-Town Lifestyle Center and Shopping Wall, which features a vibrant array of leisure and entertainment venues. Splendid accommodations and superior quality service make Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town The Place to Meet. ... more less
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