InterContinental Beijing Beichen5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Good points: - Walkway to convention center. - Nice public spaces. - Good service (room cleaned almost instantly when I left it). - Nice rooms, bathroom and bedding. - Most classy hotels in China that I've stayed at have several large restaurants that both are and deserve to be empty (really over-priced and nasty food). Both restaurants *here*, on the other hand, (Italian and Chinese) are reasonably priced ($50 per person with wine) and so good they should be destinations for miles around. Weirdly they are also cavernous and empty, too. Oh well. Fair points: - Almost everyone complains about the AC. So it would be like complaining about the Maple Leafs, what's the point. But I really don't get it. Although it was late October, in the afternoon sun my room got up to 28C, and never got much below 23C even at night. Is this some sort of law in Beijing that the AC has to be turned off by a certain date? If so that's kinda dumb. What I read in the other reviews' responses sounds like "dogs & homework". Anyway, my window *did* open and keep the room manageable at night. Beijing drivers use their horn more often than they breathe, so you'll get woken up at 7. BTW if you open your window and think you can't close it, try opening it to the fullest and pulling it back. My friend got confused about that, so maybe this'll be helpful. If it isn't, sorry for telling you how to chew. - Really minor beef here, but my bill says that I agreed to have my total converted to USD and charged. Well, I never got offered that and never did and never would (my credit card gets a better deal), so watch out for this. It probably cost me $20 or $40, so no big deal. - Remember, no one (even a local) drinks the water. It would be nice if the hotel supplied a few free bottles per day, other hotels I'm familiar with do. Anyway, if you go buy water, go for spring water. The "purified" water is quite safe, but doesn't taste especially nice. Poor points: -None. I just put this in for balance. It's a good hotel, you'll enjoy it. BTW, if you walk past the convention center and go over the traffic-free street, you'll find a nice mall that has (I think) good restaurants. Actually just keep walking that direction and you'll find lotsa good restaurants.
Connected by a walkway to one of the convention centers (there is another one). Nice rooms and good lounge (I paid to get upgraded to use it), and it is quiet at night. However, the rooms were very warm (and no AC that time of year that I was there). I had a North facing room so it should have been okay, but tough to get good cool rooms in China. You can open the window just a little, but air seemed to move out, not in, so it didn’t cool down much even though it was cool outside. Not many hotel choices right near the convention center that I thought sounded as good. But except for that, a very nice place with excellent access to the convention center since you can walk inside to get there.
In keeping with the Intercontinental chain, this facility came close to overall delight. Great WiFi, comfortable bed, exceptional views overlooking the Olympic Park, super breakfast on the third floor, excellent gym with various machines and a piano bar. The staff was very courteous and the room was spotlessly maintained. Regrettably, like other reviewers noted, the air-conditioner did not function. Stories ranged from the system being down for testing to AC was turned off for the season. It was incredibly uncomfortable until later in the evening. Fortunately, the window opened about 2 inches and if you propped open your door, you could get a nice exchange of cool evening air. I found the staff wonderfully accommodating and many spoke English. The location next to the Olympic Park provided a safe and comfortable area to do some serious powerwalking. An adjacent office building contained several eateries to include great Thai food.
I was on the 14th floor with lounge access - so paying top dollar. A/c was not on - so room was getting hot - I called reception - excuse was - it's cold weather (mid October)! Temp in room 22C and climbing at midnight! No-one prepared to do anything about it. PLus reception staffed by people who barely speak any english - ok it's china but don't advertise that they do! And check-in the slowest I've had in years. Stay somewhere else if you can. This is a rip-off
The hotel is located, depending on traffic on 45-60 minutes drive away from the international airport and close to the previous Olympic area (nice area for a walk). Facilitaties are ok. Good breakfast, nice gym, inside swimming pool. Few restaurants in the building or close by. We were however not impressed. Staff hardly speaks Engels (unacceptable for a five star place). We also did not figure out how the cleaning system worked. One day the room was cleaned, the other day not. It had to do with a switch at the door but we never found out how and what. Conclusion; we paid to much for what we got.
As our visit coincided with golden week, we decided to stay here to avoid the crowds and for easier access to Olympic tennis centre for the China Open. It's just two stops away. We stayed in an executive room which was very comfortable and spacious. My only complaint was that the bath towel was way too huge for me (I'm 1.6m). All the staff were great - very professional, friendly and courteous. Kudos to Kiko and her male colleague (sorry, didn't get his name) who checked us in on 2nd Oct. Extremely helpful and friendly :) The hotel has a minibus shuttle to the airport at fixed times at RMB60 per pax. It was a fantastic deal. Even though it was golden week, it only took us around half an hour to reach the airport. Nearest subway station is Olympic Park. There are many food outlets there as well as a mall next to the station.
As a business hotel, the Intercontinental Beichen Beijing "got the job done." Airport pickups were efficient, the hotel restaurant was good, and the public spaces were clean and spacious. The wifi was solid, and the electrical outlets plentiful. The location is near the Olympic Village, and as might be expected there's not a lot happening in this area - though it is a pleasant place to walk or run in the morning. There were a few problems I experienced, some within the hotel's ability to fix, others not. The room felt a bit dated / stuffy, and there was a slight but definite odor of smoke on my floor (4th.) Coming up the elevator one night, an intoxicated businessman vomited in the elevator. Obviously not the hotel's fault, but yuck! The walls are also pretty thin, and I could hear chatter and television on either side (and above) me. All in all, this is a safe bet for a business trip - but not somewhere I'd want to bring the family or spend a vacation...
I'll start with the good first. The rooms were really large and spacious, bedding was really soft and comfy for a good sleep. We even dined downstairs at both the cafe as well as lobby lounge with my 1 year old. Each time we were greeted with smiles as well as the offer to get my girl a baby chair. ☺️ Definitely impressed by the service from the restaurants as well as the lift attendant who always greeted us with a smile at any time of the day. This being a chain hotel, we were definitely expecting a better service standard from the staff. However during our 3 night stay there were some lapses. First was at check in during reception. As the booking was made under hubby's English name which wasn't recorded in his passport, we had some difficulty trying to get us checked in. The staff doesn't look too pleased nor helpful when attempting to search and get us a check in. Seeing that there was a baby in tow and 2 adults, we were only given one key card which was kinda inconvenient for us. Second was the fact that we were informed that breakfast would be sent to the room on the first morning but we waited for a while and it only came up after my husband called in to request and they sent in a couple of pastries, fruits and a cup of yogurt drink. This is probably a miscommunication though. Generally I would definitely recommend families to stay here if visiting Beijing as we did enjoy our stay here.
I was put up here for four nights and was entirely happy with a nearly perfect hotel. I had a large room, with a very beautiful bathroom (with a shower and a bath), a large bed and a TV set that had various international news channels. The two restaurants are good, the bar is nice to have drink in the evening, and room service proved satisfactory. Two little points of criticism: The air con does not really do a great job, and it seems slightly odd that you have a satisfying selection of drinks in the mini bar, but not a single glass available to pour them.
This is a trendy hotel in a great location. The light show on the hotel is awesome (although you obviously don't have to stay there to see that). It's also in a great location with loads of shops and restaurants within walking distance. The rooms are nicely decorated and they have this open bathroom/bedroom set up that seems to be popular now. Works better as a couple than as a family. You can close off the bathroom area but you basically walk through the bathroom to go to the room. Probably personal choice as to whether you like that or not. The toilet is at least separated. The lobby area is really great if you want to hang out or are waiting for someone. The breakfast buffet is excellent with a huge choice of options and good seating. The concierge was also very helpful and booked us some great tickets for the acrobatics. The swimming pool is a really great lap pool. The one issue we had which was surprising to me is we had a problem with the AC in our room. When we first arrived the room was 79F and I asked someone to come and fix it. When we returned to our room it was maybe down to 77F but still humid and not comfortable. When I called the desk they told us numerous time that it would not go lower and that people in Asia don't like it too cool. Irrespective of whether you would take this to be a true statement I assume they were hoping a few non asian visitors might stay. One person even suggested to my wife they could put some ice next to our bed?? I finally went down to speak to the duty manager who quickly sorted things out by offering us another room on the other side of the same floor. Issue finally resolved although a pain to move rooms when you are trying to put the kids to bed. It would have been nice if they could have resolved this with less hassle and it suggests they have some problems with the AC in some rooms so at least admit it rather than try and convince me it's by design.
- Close to China National Convention Center
- Onsite dining
- Indoor pool
Located in Chaoyang within a mile (2 km) of China National Convention Center, InterContinental Beijing Beichen is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Beijing National Stadium. This 337-room, 5-star hotel has private in-room spa tubs along with 3 restaurants and a full-service spa. Near the airport, it's also near Beijing International Convention Center and Tsinghua University.
Enjoy dining at Cafe O2, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6 AM to 11 AM.
All 337 individually decorated accommodations feature sitting areas. Guests can expect WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Pillowtop beds with premium bedding and pillow menus ensure a restful night, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Private spa tubs, iPod docks, and refrigerators are also standard.
At InterContinental Beijing Beichen, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a children's pool. If you drive, self parking is CNY 120 per day, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for CNY 780 per vehicle roundtrip. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a 24-hour fitness center, 2 spa tubs, and a sauna.
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87% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1080 reviews