It's a middle-aged hotel. But it's holding up pretty well. Not bright, new, and shiny. But not depressingly drab, old, and worn out, either.
Cons: I wish the air conditioning worked a bit better. Couldn't get the room quite as cool as I wanted it. And the fitness center is poor (a couple stationary bikes and treadmills, and that's about it. No free weights at all).
Pros: For about US $100/night we got a decent sized, and decently appointed room, in a decent location (within walking distance of Tiananmen Square, and less than 10 mins walk to a subway station). For fitness, they've got a fairly big swimming pool, which works well for swimming laps.
Also, there's some very nice Asian arts and crafts decorating the hotel. I enjoyed the Asian ambience it provides.
Overall: Wouldn't rate this as a must-stay. But I didn't find any reason to avoid it, either. Btw, I'm an English only speaker, and that was never an issue. Many of the staff speak English quite well.
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