This hotel is by far my least favourite hotel I have stayed in over the last few years. It is by no means terrible, just distinctly average, definitely not a five star hotel and one should save their money and book elsewhere.
From the outside the hotel looks very regal, except for the awful gold/yellow statue - very tacky Chinese luxury. The foyer etc is clean but it is decorated with Rennaisance-esque paintings and littered with signs with extremely poor English.
We arrived early and they allowed early check-in which was nice, but the staff are not what you would expect from a five staff hotel - not very friendly and it wasn't just a language barrier as my Chinese friend was doing all the speaking. Other customers are typical Chinese older men I.e. rude, spitting on the floor and smoking underneath signs that clearly state "no smoking".
My room was on the 6th floor and had a nice garden view, also looking at almost gothic style apartment buildings. The big issue for me is that they do not have wifi - I find this unacceptable in any hotel in 2012.
The beds are comfortable and the rooms have nice towels, gowns, hair dryer, a mini bar and a safe. Generally speaking though the decor is nice but a little shabby - corners of wallpaper peeling, chips out of drawers, wonky handles.
The room was cleaned well but the cleaner left some rubbish in the corner. This was left for 3 days! The bathroom is not bad but the fake flower reinforces the tacky side to the hotel. The shower is powerful but ours also had a leaked so, strangely, water was also jetting from the wall. The bathroom door lock was broken.
They provide a kettle with two cups but only gave us two jasmine tea bags.
There is a concierge service which was absolutely useless. There English was poor so my friend spoke in Chinese. There local knowledge seemed to be worse than there English! I asked to send a postcard and the man made a price up on the spot - about three times the actual cost.
Location isn't too great. We found it difficult to get a cab, the concierge team will refuse to order you one and the metro is a 15 minute walk away.
Gym was ok and they offer classes which is good. I wouldn't touch the pool as it was very unclean. Table tennis facilities available provided you bring your own bat and balls....who does that?!
Overall this hotel is bland. It's average. It should be stripped of at least two stars. That said, if you can get a cheap room and you're not bothered about quality then it is nicer than some other options.
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Beijing
- Beijing Howard Johnson
- Howard Johnson Hotel Beijing