Crowne Plaza Beijing
48 Wangfujing Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100006, China
Great base for exploring
My husband and I spent 8 days in this hotel in April. It is not in the least bit Chinese but if you are wary of going a bit too native, it is a perfect base. It's in absolutely in the right area of the city - Beijing is huge and I spent a long time looking up where the best place to stay would be. The Forbidden City and Tian'amen Square were about 15 mins walk away, and the hotel offered many different ways of getting out to the further away places like the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.
The pool and jacuzzi were fine and when we used them, late at night, no-one else was around. The hotel was really quiet and when we ate in the restaurant, it was mostly empty. The food incidently was great.
The only slight problem I had with this place was that the bed sheets were very heavily starched and not the usual softness you'd expect. Beijing does have very hard water though so this was probably the reason.
We really enjoyed our time in this hotel and would recommend it to others.
Unique Quality: The staff went out of their way to be helpful to us. We ordered meals on room service a couple of times and they were always really good. One staff member arranged a cheap private driver for us too. The hotel offered a more expensive version, 800R, we only paid 500R for the day. Not quite a hotel positive but an example of the sort of thing that goes on here.
Great Hotel & Service
We were one of the first to stay in the hotel after its extensive remodel. We must admit we were impressed. Everything inside was new, from the sound proof windows that blocked out all street noises to the black marble bathroom floor, everything was perfect. This Crowne Plaza has the same look and feel of any good 4 star hotel but the service from the staff and their attention to our comfort was impeccable. We were new to China and wanted to see the sites on our own so the staff of the hotel helped us in every way. We recommend the club floor with its amenities. Both restaurants were excellent as well.
Unique Quality: Location, location, location makes this hotel a great place to stay. It is located on Wangfujing Street with some of the best restaurants and the best shopping located all around it. For such an active area the hotel was amazingly quiet. It is located in one of the safest areas of town and we walked freely around the whole area both day and night. Located in the heart of the business district it is just a 15RMB ($2.00) cab fare to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Silk and Pearl markets.
good but not great
This hotel is good but nothing special. It offers the same high and consistent standard of service as one would expect of Crowne Plaza hotels worldwide. The hotel is slated as a 5-star but it feels more like a 4-star. The room is a bit tatty and cramped, but it's fitted with good working chair and a broadband internet connection (that was still free when I stayed there) so no complains there.
The hotel's best feature is its location. Just 10 minutes walk from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, plus right in the heart of Beijing's shopping district of Wangfujing Avenue. The hotel is even exactly located across a shopping mall.
Bottom line is, if you want a good, comfortable hotel with consistent, no-surprise, and friendly service then this hotel can be your option.
Unique Quality: Great location in the middle of Beijing's shopping district and only 10 minutes stroll from Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Crown Plaza Beijing
Unique Quality: Whatever the merit of this hotel may call it, it is the location. It fronts on Wangfujing street. You can easily go anywhere.
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Fab location, great value for money, 5 star service!!!
We just spent a glorious week in busy Beijing. The Crowne Plaza Beijing is situated close to the Wangfujing shopping disctrict (just metres away), The Forbidden City and Tianemen Square. The hotel has an inviting lobby with a gift shop that has some pretty decent prices - check them out before bartering with the locals in the markets. The concierge team were very helpful at all times - giving directions, helping out with phone cards (it's cheaper at the book stall on Wangfujing than from the hotel itself) and assisting with getting airport transfers. The hotel has 4 super fast and efficients lifts, and we checked into the 7th floor, one below the club lounge. the lounge is a great option - and is open from breakfast until 23H00 daily. The lounge staff are excellent, with Jerry, Cici and Vicky always on top form. The club rooms are nice, we had a king size bed which was comfy, a bathroom with separate shower (nice water pressure too) that had great products and the free laundry service (an item a day) was useful. The hotel offers few English channels, among them CNN, BBC World and CNBC. Managed to watch the World Cup action on CCTV with Chinese commentary. The hotel pub has an awesome jazz band and showed the world cup action on BIG screens. The only downer for me was the poor service at the hotel restaurant adjacent to the lobby. We had dinner there twice and both times found the service anything but 5 star, world class. This hotel has recently been renovated and whilst the outside still looks its age, the rooms, lobby and facilities have been spruced up. Beijing is getting ready for the Olympics in 2008 and the Crowne Plaza Wangfujing has stepped up to the plate to welcome inernational guests. The staff were friendly, attentive and spoke good English - and above all, made the week in Beijing memorable.... Will I go back - definately!!!
Could not ask for more!
My husband and I just returned from a 6 night stay at the Crowne Plaza Beijing. I booked this hotel in April after reading the reviews on this site. Although it currently totes a 3 star rating, this is truly a 5 star hotel. It is newly renovated and the decor and amenities are impeccable. At $134 a night - you can't beat the service and room that you get for this price!
We stayed on the club level which are the 7-9 floors. On the 8th floor is the club room which included a daily to order breakfast omelet and buffet. The one touch espresso machine is a godsend! The staff manning the club level even remember your name, room number, and drink choice by the 2nd day! We loved Jerry! He always has a smile on his face and ready to chat with you! Every evening from 6-8 is happy hour! This includes a light bar type buffet - chicken wings, celery and carrots, little finger sandwhiches and chips. Not to mention a wide selection of hard liquor, wine, and beer. The club room is very nice and we enjoyed meeting other travelers and checking our email from the two computers provided. We spent a lot of time in this room!
We stayed on the 8th floor, which is considered smoking but I honestly couldn't tell it was a smoking floor, right down the hall from the club. When we first checked in we had a room on the 7th floor, which was nonsmoking as we had asked, but the room was small and didn't have a view. We went back downstairs and the staff quickly changed us to a bigger room with a view of WANGFUJING AVE. The bathroom was plush with a window seat and marble everywhere
The room was extremely clean and the turndown service was great. We did have to ask to have our refrigerator restocked with the complimentary drinks but that was no big deal!
The hotel lobby and atrium are wonderfully inviting especially after a long hot day of shopping at the Pearl market, visiting Tiananmen Square, or just strolling up Wangfujing Ave. which is one of the most exciting streets in Beijing with shopping , restaurants, and outdoor cafes. My husband and I often ended the day with our translator in the Atrium bar with a great glass of Californian Shiraz - only $5 a glass and a large bowl of peanuts.
All in all, you truly can not ask for more. I have stayed in more expensive and supposedly five star hotels. The staff and their willingness to make the guest feel at home is what make this hotel a must. We are already planning our next trip back to Beijing.
Oh, you can get a car service to meet you at the airport from the hotel for about $45 each way! Just email the hotel using the email address provided on the hotel website and they will email you back right away.
If you have any questions about Beijing in general. Feel free to email me at email@example.com. Please no advertisements - just serious questions about an incredible city!
Great location, helpful staff
We recently stayed at this hotel for almost a week. We found it to be perfect for our needs. After looking at their website, I booked two rooms on the club floor. I chose the club floor because the rooms were larger, and there were several amenities included. The price difference, if I remember properly, was not very much. I used the internet connected computers in the club lounge, ate breakfast there, and had one free shirt a day laundered. The rooms seemed spacious to me, with particulrly nice bathrooms.
One little touch which I found very helpful was a little paper sleeve which the key card came in, which had a small map of Downtown Beijing, plus a list of several of the more common tourist sites written out in Chinese characters, and the hotel name written out in Chinese characters, too. Plus some more info, like taxi times to the airport, and approximate taxi fare to the airport. Really, I think this was a brilliant little "freebie", and very useful since many taxis drivers don't speak English, yet taxis are so cheap you find yourself using them quite a bit. The hotel also has some helpful young women near the front door, who help you get a taxi and tell them where you are going.
We used the concierge to hire a mini van and driver to take us to the Great Wall.
Would I recommend this hotel? Definitely, especailly if this is your first time in Beijing and you want to see a bunch of the most commonly visited tourist sites, since it is a handy location to Tienaman Square and the Forbidden City.
Disapointed, with Business Club
We looked forward to our stay at the Crowne Plaza in Beijing based on the reviews and our recent stays at the Crowne Plaza's in Shenzhen and Incheon. Upon arrival the staff was friendly and very helpful. We went to the eighth floor to register at the business desk. We expected the usual business amenities and were told they were included, free internet, breakfast and the cocktail hour. The staff suggested we come back at 6:00 for happy hour. Upon return at 6:30 for snacks and cocktails we were informed that while we had business reservations, we were not allowed to partake in happy hour. We latter found out that while our Crowne Club Floor Business Room Benefits card indicated free internet. We would have to pay additional to log onto the internet. Enough said on this. The room was very nice and clean. Depending on your definition of a short walk, it is a good 30 minute walk to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The shopping street on the way to the Forbidden City is good. If you jump off the path there are some bargains on the side streets and a great little local restaurant area on the shopping street South of the Hotel.
Great location, not so friendly staff
We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights. Front desk was terrible, trying to sell us room upgrade to have an early check-in at 10:30. Otherwise she told us to "go away" and not return until 14 o'clock. At the end we took the upgrade, which was a great deal.
Room was amazing, breakfast was good, free internet conection in Business centre and jacuzzi. Location is great, taxis are very cheap in china and staff from business centre were a lot better.
Watch out for the lobster buffet on Fridays. If you arrive after 20:30, no lobster for you.
But I recommend anyway and would stay again.
is there anything going on in beijing mid march?? coz hotel prices are up.
what are your opinions about crowne plaza, shangri-la, hilton and marriott west?? were narrowing it down to these choices and we need your valuable insight in terms of location, service, price..etc.. and also where can i get the best rate of these hotels? like what websites or contact hotel directly..??
RE: opinions pls...
We are staying at the Crowne Plaza Beijing in May/June. The best rates are directly through the hotel http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hpt/PEGWF/2/pt?ptLink=hd, look through all the choices as some offer breakfast and laundry each day. We usually book with asiarooms.com etc but for a change booking directly was much cheaper.
RE: opinions pls...
yeah, asiarooms.com has good prices at times. any comments on marriott west and holiday-inn central plaza?? in terms of service, location, etc. thankx!
RE: RE: opinions pls...
Not sure about Holiday Inn Central Plaza, location is a bit far from shopping area. Try Crowne Plaza Wangfujing - newly renovated modern concept and right in the middle of Wangfujing shopping area. Walking distant to Forbidden City, Houhai area, quite easy to get around...
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Crowne Plaza Beijing
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Address: 48 Wangfujing Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100006, China