Grand Skylight Catic Hotel Beijing4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
It's not bad. This hotel is right next to the Bird's Nest stadium (literally a stone's throw), and across the Olympic park from the China National Convention Center. If you need to be at those places and don't mind a walk across the concrete wasteland that is the Olympic park, this is a pretty good hotel. The hotel feels (in August 2012) like it used to be a Hilton or Sheraton, but was sold to a local firm after the 2008 Olympics and has been on a long slow decline since then. Nothing bad, just lots of run down and worn edges - carpets worn through in spots, stuck hinges, shabby towels, that sort of stuff. HIgh marks to the super-nice staff - they were always friendly, cheerful, and good-intentioned, if not always successful. A tip: Do NOT let them stick you in a Smoking room if you're not a smoker. I should have made a fuss about this but I was tired when I checked in, took what they said was available, and regretted it.
It is technically a 4-star hotel. However, if you want to save more money, then go (literally) across the street - there are 3-4 hotels there, which are much cheaper. Wi-Fi is tolerable for 1-on-1 videochat, breakfast is not included by default and would be costly as an addition. Good location for CNCC - 15 minute walk cutting through the stadium. This hotel was one of very few available options for last-minute reservations. Staff would happily ignore Do Not Disturb light. Kettle in the room makes a difference, since one can't drink tap water.
Grand Skylight Catic Hotel Beijing places you in North Chaoyang, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Beijing National Stadium and Beijing International Convention Center. This 4-star hotel has 305 guestrooms and offers conveniences like 2 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. China National Convention Center and Ditan Park are also near this Beijing hotel.
This hotel is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.
The 305 air-conditioned accommodations feature lanais and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and wired Internet, plus flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Along with relaxing touches like rainfall showers and deep soaking tubs, bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers are also standard.
At Grand Skylight Catic Hotel Beijing, guests have access to a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available on request) for CNY 900 roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and express check-in.