We stayed here for 5 nights during our stay in Beijing. I'd have to agree with some of the other reviewers in that the hotel is outdated!
Our 16th-floor room was clean enough with daily room service, but the carpet (an unappetizing brown), doors, furniture, and accents were clearly worn and haven't been replaced for some time. Notably, the bathroom had no ventilation system (no fan!), so taking even a brief shower steams up the room and tends to create the perfect incubator for mold. Considering how steamy Beijing can get, I'd say this is a major con. We also had some difficulty getting the air conditioner to work, and we were never able to blast really cool air when we wanted -- however I'm not sure if that was just a fluke or us being inept at figuring the little cooling/heating button pad out. We visited in May, just before the weather becomes unbearing-ly hot and humid, so I hope ya'll have better luck with this!
Needless to say, the coolest (literally) place to be in the hotel is the downstairs lobby, where my aunt and I hung out quite a bit. There is only free wi-fi downstairs and the quality of connection was unpredictable; we'd spend at least ten minutes each time before being able to connect. It is a little disappointing that in-room wi-fi is extra charged; however I admit that it was refreshing and different to have an excuse to chillax in the lobby and watch other guests and business people come and go.
Another con for me was the gym/pool services. If you intend to work out at this hotel, be prepared to have your first workout be the successful completion of the roundabout maze you will undergo to first find the gym, which is located in the "basement". You have to take a certain staircase up to the second floor and then take a certain elevator to the basement, and then ask the staff where to go next. The gym itself is poorly ventilated (read: Stuffy!) and just the basics. The pool costs and extra 99 yuan to use. To be fair, it is a pretty nice pool.
The travel services and concierge desk staff were extremely helpful and friendly, despite the sometimes-limited English of some. They helped us arrange a day-long tour of the Badaling section of the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs for about $384 yuan per person; although our tour included the requisite stops at a huge Jade Gallery, silkworm factory, and a tea house (definite tourist traps--let me tell you, the Jade Gallery is very cleverly spatially-arranged to trap you inside with a melange of jade jewelry and sculptures), our guide was down-to-earth and did not push us to buy, although stressed that these places could at least ensure quality products.
Lastly, location. It is about a 20-30 minute walk west to Tiananmen Square, and is within 7-10 minutes walking distance of the nearest Metro Station.
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