We were staying in the Howard Johnson Paragon prior to commencing our Trans-Siberian train journey to Moscow, it was booked as part of a package.
We were in a triple share which was very small compared to the rest of the hotels on the trip. I can only assume this is because Beijing hotels are very expensive! We were even given a 'free' upgrade on arrival to a better room, though I can't imagine they would have fit us into anything smaller.
The linen was clean and the room was fairly nicely decorated with all the expected mod-cons. The bathroom wasn't very private, there is a sliding door which covers the view from the bedroom, but doesn't really isolate any sound. Also the bath has a window into the bedroom which is only covered by a venetian blind. We are not prudes, but as three friends travelling together for a long time, we would at least liked to have had some privacy in the bathroom - the blind could be seen through at various angles. We ended up draping dressing gowns and bedcovers outside the window as a quick fix.
We didn't have a view of outside, our window looked into the central atrium where breakfast was served. The ventilation wasn't the best.
In the lobby you were only allowed to sit in the main plush area if you bought a drink from the little bar which we thought was a bit cheeky as we were paying hotel guests anyway. If you wanted to stay in this area you were required to sit off to the side in a tiny space of two or three sofas which were inevitably full.
Breakfast was included and it was nice. Nothing extravagant but a good choice of hot and cold western dishes. Great way to fill up for the day.
Gym seemed well equipped though I didn't use it on this trip.
Free wifi available in the lobby was a bonus.
Overall had a pleasant stay in this hotel. Whilst the space in the room was a bit of an issue, we were booked into a triple share so we couldn't expect a lot more. I did sleep really well as the beds were comfy (my friend had a roll-in bed, looked like a child's one and I certainly wouldn't have fit in it, but she slept well too, though I'm sure she would be able to sleep anywhere!)
We had an unpleasant departure from the hotel as the front desk wanted to charge us for a laundry bag which we had actually sent to the laundry department with our washing and they hadn't returned. We were then charged for drinks out of our minibar which we hadn't had. It seemed they were never in there in the first place, so perhaps check when you arrive that it is fully stocked from the previous occupants as we ended up paying otherwise we would have missed our train.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing is located on the East Chang An Street, in the heart of the golden area of the capital city, surrounded by Beijing Central Business District, tourist attractions and the Embassy area. It is right opposite to the Beijing Railway Station, just minutes away from the Wangfujing street, the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and is only 28km from the international airport. The hotels banquet and conference facilities provide functional solutions to meeting and event planners. The 466 square meters Ballroom and 3 multi-purpose conference rooms can accommodate cozy gatherings and groups of more than 200 persons. The 10-storey hotel boasts with 306 modern furnished guest rooms and suites, all hotel areas covered by Wi-Fi. Each room features modern facility includes high speed internet access, central air-conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar, IDD telephone, in-room safe and hair-dryer which befit a superior business-class hotel in Beijing. The Howard Johnson Executive Floor and Lounge caters to the needs of most discerning business travelers for your comfortable accommodation. For your dining, food and beverage choices abound. Wine and Dine with comfort whilst enjoying an all-day dining by our culinary experts in Rainbow Garden Chinese Restaurant and Sunshine Atrium Cafe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Hotel Beijing
- Howard Johnson Beijing
- Beijing Howard Johnson