Stayed on the 12th floor of the hotel, with a partial view of the Bird's nest stadium. The room was a decent size and the bathroom was big enough for a bathtub. Housekeeping came every day but I don't think they own a vacuum cleaner as the carpet was dirty for the entire stay and had not been cleaned for a long time. There were peanut shells lying on the floor by the window and leaves on the carpet that had not been removed. The only problem I had with the room was that the room temperature seemed to be stuck on 24 degrees, which was a bit too warm for me and could not be lowered. I had to keep the window open for the whole stay but it was still too warm.
The staff were polite but did not speak very much (if any) English, which was a bit surprising since you would think they would have a lot of international travellers coming to the convention centre next door.
Breakfast was a decent choice of cold and hot cooked food.
There was a supermarket nearby, which was handy for buying water as none was provided in the room. At check in they asked if I would require anything from the mini bar. I said no and they came and locked it, which was a bit annoying as I would have liked to buy some things from the supermarket and keep them chilled.
There is free wifi connection in the lobby area but it is not available in the room. There is a cable provided in the room but this internet connection is charged.
It was a 15-20 minute walk to the nearest subway station, which I eventually managed to find. The concierge either couldn't explain the directions in English or didn't want to, and advised me that it was not possible to walk to the subway and that I should take a taxi.
If you are coming from the airport and don't have much luggage, take the airport shuttle bus on route 5 to the second stop, which stops near the back of the Crowne Plaza. The hotel is not far - a 10-15 minute walk to get to the front entrance. Most other delegates came by taxi and paid 4-5 times more than expected.
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- Also Known As:
- Continental Grand Beijing
- Hotel Continental Grand