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Holiday Inn Central Plaza
Ranked #89 of 6,473 Hotels in Beijing
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Nottingham
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“Great Hotel, great price.”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

We stayed here for seven nights 8 - 16 March 2012. Myself and my family come to Beijing often and live in China.

If you are looking for a 4 star hotel experience with free internet (a lot of hotels of this standard charge you extra for it!) at a reasonable price then this is a good place to stay. If you are looking for prime location then it is perhaps not the best option.

One of the reasons we chose this hotel was based on previous reviews of the concierge "Storm". We had our parents-in-law with us and needed good service. He did a good job organizing of the beaten track trips for us (ie the Great Wall with a local village meal thrown in or excellent non-touristy restaurants), booking travel tickets and generally taking care of us. It was nice to have someone there with connections in the city available 24 / 7.

The hotel all round is of a good standard. Rooms have a safe, flat screen tv, nice bath tub for a soak, comfortable mattresses and pillows, sofa, desk, good lighting options etc. There is a decent enough pool and a basic fitness area. If you book a club room then bare in mind it is no different really from a deluxe room but you will get access into the executive lounge which means free drinks all day and free food between 6 - 8pm. This was a worthwhile option for us.

The breakfast is good and I particularly liked Amy who kept the staff on track, maintaining a peaceful and pleasant environment. She was always very courteous to us. We dined at the Zen restaurant and found the food to be quite good, though it was a little slow to come out.

I feel obliged to mention location. The hotel is in south west Beijing, great for the West Train Station but... if you want to see downtown Beijing with the forbidden city, wanfujiang, beihai, houhai, hutongs etc. then you will need to travel 30 mins in a taxi.

Bear in mind the acrobatic shows, silk market and pearl market are East side. The bird's nest and 798 district are north side. If you want to go to the Great Wall then that is north of Beijing. Basically you will be crossing the city for all these attractions which is added journey time!

If you want to get to the nearest tube station I would say it is not walkable. Took me 25 mins on a bus, a taxi would take 15 mins but they are not always easy to get outside the hotel.

Having said that the hotel is great. You are getting a cracking price for the quality of hotel and we felt the money saved during our stay more than paid or the extra journey time.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

I stayed here with my husband & kids. The place is awesome, rooms and bathrooms extremely clean, and no issues whatsoever. Didnt have food here though the spread looked decent. There were absolutely no hassles anywhere.
The staff was extremely helpful, smiling always & making full effort to meet our needs. In a city, where almost no one speaks English, we managed to find a few staff who could understand & communicate in english. Believe me, in China, this is the biggest asset.
The manager showed us a couple of rooms & allowed us to choose a room of our choice. On one incident, one of the staff members actually accompanied my husband to a chemist in order to explain what medication we were looking for.
The swimming pool was not too large, but very clean and well-maintained. No probs with fresh towels, etc.
My kids really enjoyed the stay here. Would certainly like to visit this place again.
We also managed to get a package at very decent rates. Would certainly recommend this to Indian tourists, who will enjoy the experience here.
Location-wise, its not too far from the Forbidden City & the Tiananmen Square. Both within 5km radius from the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

this hotel was really hard to find by most of the taxi drivers we took. the hotel is really really clean and modern. we enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

The hotel is in a less crowded and commercial part of the 2nd ring. Basic amenities, old interior, and lifeless executive lounge. I was staying here only for the sake of convenience for work. If you are on a tight budget this might be satisfactory.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

I stayed twice at the hotel on this trip to Beijing. Great service. Rooms are really nice. Food is awesome. Everyone is very good.

The best part of the hotel is Storm. He is a "10". If everyone was as good as him I would be out of business. It was like having a personal assistant at the hotel. He did everything for us. You must connect with Storm if you stay at the hotel. Everything is did was incredible every day. The first night I arrived he took me to a store at 12:30 AM to get a Sim card and phone number for my cell.

This is the hotel to stay at if you value great service. A modern hotel and great food. Very nice rooms.

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Property: Holiday Inn Central Plaza
Address: No.1 Caiyuan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100053, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Beijing South Railway Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#79 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Central Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 322
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Central Plaza Beijing, an Award-Winning hotel, is conveniently located in Guanganmen commercial and civic area, adjacent to the new Municipal Government Office Building and is within a stone's throw from Beijing's Financial Street. The hotel is close to tourist and shopping attractions such as Wangfujing, Oriental Plaza and the Forbidden City. It is 10 minutes drive from the West and South Train Station and 45 minutes from the Capital Airport.The hotel has 322 contemporary guest rooms, including suites and two floors of Executive Club rooms, all equipped with wired and wireless broadband internet, speaker telephone and multi-language voice mail. With a 640 square meter, pillar-free ballroom and 8 other function rooms ranging from 35 to 176 square meters, the hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings and social functions alike. All the meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, built-in work station, wireless broadband connection and video conference facilities. The hotel's professional meeting team will ensure every event a success.The hotel also provides other facilities like business center ticketing and tour desk, kiosk, car rental, concierge taxi and limousine service, baby sitting service, karaoke as well as a Mini Golf Club. ... more   less 
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