I came here with a package tour, so it wasn't my choice and wouldn't have been. This hotel isn't near strolling streets. It's more in a big section of highways, big box stores and factories, and large scale things like the Olympic Bird's Nest Stadium.
But, the beds were comfortable and the room a typical nice business-style Asian room, with down duvets and pillows and many confusing light switches on the wall beside the bed.
The floor was non-smoking, but an overwhelming smoke smell infiltrated. I figured it out - the hallway windows were open for ventilation. They opened out to a sort of small courtyard/ventilation space, and I'm guessing that's where the staff took their smoking breaks. The smoke went up the shaft, into the window of our hallway, and sucked under the door into the room. I mentioned it on the last day, not complaining but just reporting, and noticed the window was closed and the smell gone after that.
I had one bath towel that was fluffy, and one that was so tattered the end hung in strings. But that's China for you - things have a shiny veneer but everything is frayed around the edges. As one Chinese person told me, it starts out new and upscale, then gradually everything falls apart.
The hotel did have decent services - a robust breakfast buffet in an odd chrome-decor room that doubled as a disco at night, free wireless internet in the lobby, a lobby coffee/drinks bar that stayed open very late and was cheerful enough, a restaurant just off the lobby serving decent Chinese food till 9:30 pm, a small gift shop stocked with conveniences like snacks, carton milk, cough drops, other useful items that can be hard to find. It also kept late hours. Lastly, a small electronics shop, but it didn't sell the SIM cards I wanted, only flash media and other devices. All this crammed into a fairly small hotel lobby, but useful.
Hotel front desk staff didn't speak English, but were good at patiently working through sign language, such as our drawing of a hair dryer we couldn't find - they wrote "have" on the sketch and mimicked pulling out a drawer. We returned to the room and found it in a velvet pouch in the desk drawer.
So, if you don't mind a tacky/shiny chrome lobby, tattered-looking public hallways (as is common in China), and some frayed edges here or there, and catching a ride to interesting places to walk, you get decent services for a decent price here.
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