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Good location for Forbidden City, Train Station and shopping Jan 24, 2010
David and I stayed at BIH in 2007. We originally were there as part of a Friendly Planet Tour. We separated from the tour and came back to the motel again for three days. We left again for 11 days to explore southern china. When we finished touring south we again stayed a night to organize for our trip home. So we stayed in three different rooms on three different levels of the motel.
The rooms in the motel were fairly basic but fairly large. They had beds, a dresser with a television, a refrigerator, hair dryers and a nice water boiler. (you cannot drink the water here). We boiled water every morning and used it to wash out our tooth brushes while it was still really hot. The bathrooms were marble floored. All three rooms had slow draining showers. But they did eventually drain. We watched the television but the only thing English was the news on one channel.
The lobby was very large with red carpeting. There was no seating in the lobby except next to the manager’s desk. The motel provides money exchange and ticket purchases. When we took a taxi anywhere we had the front desk write the name in Chinese characters. The personnel all spoke excellent English. There were some nice (but expensive) gift shops on the second floor. We bought a couple of items but we bargained to get them.
The one thing we were very, very unhappy with were the prices on the internet. It was about $17.00 per hour.... This caught us by surprise and it was really upsetting. It would be better to use the internet across the street.
We had a drink at the Four Season Lounge one afternoon. The lounge is set up with comfortable bamboo furniture. There are several ponds, alcoves and fountains. We loved the peaceful atmosphere. We sat on the far side by the pavilion and the large fountain. The beer was expensive but we made it last a long time.
We ate at two of the restaurants on the premises. The included breakfast buffet was one of the best we have ever seen. There were probably 100 dishes. There were a huge number of western favorites: ham, omelets, eggs, bacon, fruits, sweet rolls and breads. There were also a bunch of Chinese dishes I didn’t know. The ones I did know were: vegetables, fruits, pot stickers, chow mein,, dim sum, rolls , steamed buns and pickled items. A huge number of items! I tried to take pictures but it was against the rules. The tables were nicely decorated with flowers Waitresses provided the coffee and were not really fast getting it to the tables…. But that was OK. I got oatmeal and was told there were no spoons. Luckily I was carrying a spoon from Air China.
The second restaurant we tried was the revolving restaurant at the top of the motel called the Starlight Room. It was a one price smorgasbord: the price included food and drinks. It had a bunch of different foods. It had a cheese section, a peking duck section, American Food section, Chinese food section, Dessert section, fruit section and drink section. It was really great food. We went with another couple and took almost two hours talking and eating. I especially enjoyed trying the different fruits from China. Dragon fruit is amazing and delicious. After we were completely finished eating David found the Peking duck section so we all went back and got some. It was pretty pricy to eat there but it was worth it to us. The only criticism I had was that two Chinese ladies were there eating. They allowed their children to run and shriek throughout the restaurant. Amazingly they seemed totally oblivious of the kids. We too tried to ignore them but then they got fascinated with the sides of the restaurant where it was revolving…. I just about had a heart attack when they were poking at the edges as it revolved.
Out the back door near the buffet restaurant was a large parking lot. Bicycles and mopeds can be rented in the far corner. Just down the street were some grocery stores and restaurants. The train station is just a 15 minute walk. Even with our luggage it was quite easy. Across the street was a large shopping mall with a McDonalds. Also the subway could be found across the street to avoid the taxi bills. They were clean and easy to ride.
Overall our impression of Beijing International Hotel was positive. When we return to China we will be staying there again.
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Beijing International Hotel Overview
The Beijing International Hotel is one of the Beijing hotels that is a part of the Chang’an business district. The hotel is near the Herderson Center, the COFCC Plaza, and the Bright China Chang’An Mansion. The Beijing International Hotel is 28 km from the Beijing Capital City Airport.
There are 916 rooms at the Beijing International Hotel, equipped with modern furnishings and contemporary décor. Rooms include high speed Internet access, satellite television service, coffee and tea making equipment, direct dial telephone, and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer.
The Beijing International Hotel is a high-rise building with a white façade. The hotel offers guests a unique dining experience in the Starlight Revolving Restaurant, with international dishes available. There is a tropical garden with a cocktail bar. The hotel has conference rooms in a variety of sizes for banquets and corporate events. For relaxation, the hotel offers a full service spa as well as swimming, a sauna, and workout space. Parking is offered for up to 300 vehicles.
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