We arrived at the hotel at around 2 in the morning and was pretty tired during this time. Since we had to check in together with other people in our tour group, we had to wait for a while. We finally got our room access cards after giving a deposit of 600 CNY. We stayed at Room 1014.
You have to have the room keys/access cards with you all of the time because it gives you access to the elevators. Otherwise, you won't be able to access any of the floors in the hotel.
When we got to our room, we were pleasantly surprised at how spacious, clean and stylish the room was. It was much more than we expected for the price that we paid. We had our private toilet and bath/tub (hot and cold), mini fridge, dresser, 3 service phones, king-sized bed, flat-screen tv (although the only English channels that we could watch was CNN and Cinemax), hair dryer, iron with ironing board, safe, A/C with thermostat, universal outlets (good thing cause we didn't bring adaptors) and most important fast internet connection (WIFI). Unfortunately, you can't access most of the social networking sites in China, so no facebook, youtube, etc.
They provided complimentary toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, vanity kit, sewing kit, sanitary bag) and complimentary water. They'll replenish these after they make your room.
It was very comfortable sleeping during all three nights that we stayed at the hotel. We didn't mind the occasional noise from the rooms beside us (you can hear the conversations so I'm guessing the walls are pretty thin). You can request for room service by calling the front desk (ask for ice, have the room made when you leave, get wifi password).
The best thing about this hotel was the FREE BREAKFAST BUFFET. My boyfriend and I eat heavy breakfast so we were so happy when we first discovered the variety of food served for breakfast. They had rice, bacon, scrambled eggs, congee, all sorts of fruits, cereals, pastries, soup, toast with butter, jam, dumplings, steamed buns, salad, different types of juices, tea, coffee, etc.
Another good thing about this hotel is their staff, most of them understand at least basic english and some, like Erik, speak more fluently. You can ask them for directions and suggestions for good destinations. If you're checking out early and want to go around Beijing, you can also check your luggage in with the front desk for free.
I wouldn't say that the area was the best but it was convenient enough. On the left side of the hotel are the following: Small convenience store (but it was kind of dirty and smelled), SPR coffee (small coffee shop serving really awesome Almond Milk Tea), Sushi Stall (yey!), Watson's, some restaurants, cake shop, salon, and a really small food night market (you can buy fruits, sausages, noodles, ice cream, etc.) On the right side you have a small park leading to some office buildings and dormitories/ apartments, 7-11, restaurants, street vendors (selling shoes, cellphone cases, clothes, etc.) and the Zhichunlu Subway Station. If you walk further you'll find a Wal-Mart. If you cross the street, you'll find a KFC, Pizza Hut, and a strip of Chinese restaurants (tough to order cause nobody speaks English).
We would very much like to go back to this hotel but unfortunately, we sort of don't want to go back to China because of the unsanitary public toilets and difficult time asking for directions (since not a lot of people spoke English). We also hated how the vendors are so rude when you ask for the price and not buy.
But we had such a wonderful stay at the Park Plaza Beijing Science Park hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Park Plaza Beijing Science Park features 388 well appointed guest rooms including 28 suites, providing contemporary, comfortable accommodation. 5 Outstanding restaurants and bars present the best of Asian and Western cuisine and for business there are 12 fully-equipped meeting rooms. Conveniently located in Zhongguancun - Beijing's Silicon Valley, surrounded by scientific institutes, universities and hi-tech companies and within easy reach of many of Beijing's cultural and historical sites. Easy access to the CBD, China National Convention Center and Beijing Capital Airport, 2 minutes walk to Zhichunlu subway station lines 10 and 13. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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