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Holiday Inn Central Plaza
Ranked #88 of 6,464 Hotels in Beijing
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Very good experience”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

1) Location: far from city center and main attractions. Quite nice neighborhood, but Beijing is not a very walkable city at all. The closest metro station is like 10 blocks away, but official taxis are not expensive at all.
2) Rooms: In the big size, very roomy and well appointed, but cleanliness doesn't reach perfection. Very confy beds, good pillows, and excellent bathroom.
3) Services: there is a very good fitness center with a nice pool (that I actually didn't try it), they charge for internet at the business center, breakfast is plentiful with a lot of options form oriental and western cuisines.
4) Staff: very attentive and cordial. My personal remarks to Mr. Storm, whose concierge service is by far excellent (he gave me a lot of usefull directions in the city, got me a chinese movile line, and personal cards with the basics phrases to walk around the city).
5) Price-quality: Perfect, excellent relation price-quality considering all the services that the hotel offers.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

My father and myself decided to have a holiday in China a few weeks ago.(Late March 2012) I looked up the trip adviser and saw a recommendation about a particular concierge named “Storm Li” who works at the Holiday Inn Central Plaza in Beijing. My father had visited China the year beforehand and seen the Great Wall together with 50,000 other tourists. We wanted a more intimate experience on this trip!
We met Storm and told him we wanted to see the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors but not by a bus with thousands of other tourists. Storm came up with an itinerary that was simply fantastic.
1. He arranged for us to travel to a part of the Great Wall that is in original condition. It happens to be located in the back yard of a farmer’s property. What an experience!!! We were the only two people there and spent as much time as we wanted walking and exploring the Wall. The farmer’s wife was our guide. After this the two of us were treated to a lovely lunch at the farmer’s house---the meal was simply delicious!! A 30 minute drive to another part of the wall—again only the two of us there. We walked up unbelievably steep steps and stayed as long as we liked. Afternoon tea at another farmer’s house—wonderful !! I might add these farmer’s houses are very old and basic—the farmer and his wife were so friendly and genuine. They obviously have a hard life but seem very content and happy with it. Meeting the farmers was simply another highlight of our trip !!!
2. Storm arranged for us to get to the Terracotta Warriors at Xian. He recommended that we visit the Longmen Grotto on the way. He arranged all bookings ---trains, accommodation, guides and air fares back to Beijing. We were picked up early in the morning and taken to the train. How anyone could do this themselves is beyond me! Storm had arranged for a lovely lady(no English) to pick us up from the station to take us to our hotel for an overnight stay. The Longmen Grotto is a whole mountain carved by Buddhist priests commencing in the 5th century. According to a souvenir book there are 2345 caves, 2800 inscriptions, 40 Buddhist pagodas and over a hundred thousand Buddhist images----the whole mountain is grottos and is a must see!!!! I might add we did not see another European face there so I don’t think anyone knows about outside of China. We saw something nearby that again is unique to China. Our hotel was in a large city only 10 minutes from the Longman Grotto. Now I counted over 100 high rise apartment buildings, beautiful roads, parks,trees,an unbelievably large just completed railway station but very few people. It was really weird to look down from our hotel window and see no activity in the streets. It was described to us as a “Development City” whereas they are building the city and when completed eventually moving the capital which is approx 20 kilometres away. This is indeed worth seeing ---a whole city with very few people—This is impressive!!!
3. Next morning our friendly guide picked us up from the hotel and delivered us to the railway station and we caught the fast train to Xian. We were travelling at 294 Kilometres per hour and was a thrill. Arrived at Xian and was met at the station by our lovely personal guide and her driver. Helen’s English was perfect. Storm seems to have a network of guides all over China! She showed us the old city walls of Xian (14 Kilometres in circumference) and then took us to the terracotta warriors -- she was our guide throughout ---unbelievable!!! We left the next morning by plane( which was again all arranged by Storm) for Beijing.
China is not the easiest place to get around except for the advertised tours that are in every hotel lobby. If anyone is looking for a holiday in China outside of the normal advertised tours---Storm is your man!!! His English is perfect, his product knowledge is great and his network system( which is essential) is unbelievable. He can tell you places to see that you have probably never heard of. He is so accommodating as well --- when I happen to tell him my new camera had broken (I purchased it in the new development city a few days prior )he took it late one night and gave it back the next morning at 8.30am fixed---how good is that!!! I might add that all these trips and personal guides as arranged by Storm were very reasonably priced.
We could not be any happier.
It felt like a once in a life time trip you will never forget !!!!!!

Bottom Line--------Storm is your Man if you intend visiting Beijing!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

This hotel had been recommended by our son and daughter in law. We were concerned that it was a little distant from the tourist sites, but these fears were soon dispelled by the hotel's concierge, Storm Li. I contacted Storm via the net prior to our trip and he arranged all of our transport needs to and from the airport as well as the most amazing two days of sightseeing we could ever imagine. If you are considering a stay in Beijing, do not go past this hotel and most definately get in touch with Storm. You will not be disappointed. We did and saw more in two days than we thought possible. What a wonderful asset he is to the hotel. We saw parts of The Great Wall that were way off the tourist path, which meant that we were able to absorb it's beauty free from the crowds. He also arranged for us to have a three hour rickshaw ride through parts of Beijing that we found very interesting as well. Storm tailors your tours to suit. Remarkable.
We found the hotel to be of a high standard and certainly enjoyed the delicious breakfasts.
The front desk staff were also very helpful and always available to answer any questions.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2012 via mobile

I don't know what more to say other than I've hardly slept at all the last 4 nights. Aircon only blows hot air, staff have offered to open windows or to give us a fan. I check out tomorrow and intend on complaining to head office and requesting a full refund.

Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We travelled to Beijing in March 2012. The hotel is great - it is clean, comfortable and the breakfast is delicious. The hotel is a little bit far from the main tourist attractions but getting a taxi is not an issue. The hotel staff helped us get one each day. Storm Li, as mentioned in many of the reviews, is the hotel's biggest asset. He gave us cards to give to the taxi drivers indicating where we wanted to go and directions in Chinese to these places. When getting in a taxi, make sure you ask them to run the meter else they may charge you a high price. One of our biggest challenges was the lack of English we encountered. This is totally understandable as English is not their first language. We also struggled with the front desk at the hotel as they often didn't understand what we were trying to say. For hotel that caters for tourists, this needs to be addressed. Storm took us and another family to the Great Wall (Mutianyu is the best part to see) on his off day. He arranged a wonderful day for us that included horse riding up to the wall which was amazing. In general, Storm was always available and offering advice. He sat with us at breakfast and offered advice and often called the room to see if we were enjoying our stay. He didn't once try to sell us something or force us into doing anything. His main goal was to ensure that we had a great time. Storm Li is what makes the hotel great. We will definitely go back to Beijing - great people, great sightseeing and great shopping (bargain, bargain and bargain some more!) however we might stay a little more central next time.

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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:
#31 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#78 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,847 - ₹ 7,561
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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