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Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian,Building A, No. 89, Shuangqing Road, Beijing, China

holiday-inn-beijing-out-dayThe first time I went to Beijing, China, I stayed in the Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian. I was not a great Holiday Inn fan, but the price was right and I was very pleasantly surprised. After a slight hiccup with one of the rooms, which the reception staff resolved, Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian provided a marvellous base for hat trip. I would highly recommend it for busness and leisure travellers as Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian is only 30km from Beijing Capital International Airport and you can commute easily to other parts of the city with the nearby Wudaokou Subway Station.

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Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian guestrooms all feature flat-screen televisions, satellite channels, work desks with ergonomic seats and high-speed Internet access.

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During this visit to Beijing we often ate out at local restaurants, particularly when we were out and about visiting the sights of Beijing. However there are several available in the Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian.  I enjoyed that we could indulge our appetite at Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant or in our all-day dining, Fusion Flavors, which features authentic Indian cuisine with Indian chef in Ramayana and 24 hours room service.You can also treat yourself to a taste of the UK with a relaxing afternoon tea or start the evening with a cocktail at Melody Lounge and V-Bar at the Basement one.

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However, I doubt very much that you will want to spend all your time in this fabulous city in the Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian, however good a hotel it is! Even if you are at a conference take time to visit the Summer Palace, Yuan Ming Yuan which is close by. The Summer Palace is beautiful and is the best-preserved imperial garden in the world. Views across he lake are stunning. Be sure not to miss Tianemen Square with the famous kite flying and The Forbidden City. The latter is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world.

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Wherever you go, there will be a lot of walking and many photo opportunities. If you have any, you can burn off extra energy in modern Fitness Centre although  we did not use that, my husband did relax with a soothing massage while I enjoyed the  sauna and use of the indoor swimming pool.

I was fascinated by the Beijing hutongs are mazes of narrow alleyways linking old single-hutongstory traditional courtyard houses. Lying amid the secret streets and alleys of hundred year hutongs, is the modern pub hub built into an ancient fishing lake called Houhai. The traditional tea shops are fun too. Also, if you have a chance, go to the Beijing Opera. It  is regarded as Chinese cultural treasure.The make up, the face masks, the gorgeous costumes, the unique vocal style make Beijing opera a high-class performance entertainment.

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The Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian is located strategically near to a subway station and restaurant hubs. The cleanliness of hotel room is excellent and we received good service from all departments including the front desk and concierge. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian and highly recommend it.
Valerie Penny

 

Hilton Shanghai, 250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200040, China

shanghai roomThe last time I went to China with my family we visited Shanghai and opted for adjoining rooms for us and the children. It was a marvellous choice and suited our needs very well. The kids were thrilled to have their own room and we, as parents, were happy the children were secure.

The Hilton Shanghai is a large, central, modern hotel. It has 714 rooms spread over 40 floors. shanghai hitlon outsideOur rooms were one king guest room and one twin guest room on the 28th floor and we had lovely views over the city. The rooms had contemporary design for high-speed internet access and seating area with sofa. The bright and airy room, with large opening windows providing a view of the city. Each room also had a large desk that we could write our journals and postcards on and the children could use to colour and play games in our down time together. Wi-fi is available, but at shanghai vewan additional charge.

This hotel does offer the meeting rooms and business facilities you would expect of a Hilton. However, we were there on vacation and were more interested in the fact that the Hilton Shanghai has a full-service spa featuring beauty services and a hair salon. There is a total of 8 treatment rooms and services include traditional Chinese acupressure massage, anti-aging facials and body therapies for cellulite control. All are performed with European skincare products and natural blends of oils. Waxing, body scrubs, and facials are also among the services offered. The Hilton Shanghai also has an indoor shanghai poolpool and a sauna, both of which we used regularly, fitness facilities, a steam room and a health club that we did not explore. Tthere is also an outdoor tennis court, but we did not have a chance to use this either. We did not use the arcade and game room was very popular, but we did not use it.

We did enjoy the buffet breakfast that was offered daily at a small surcharge. There were also a variety of restaurants, bars snack bars and cafes that were convenient to use when the children were tired and the food always tasty. However, most often we chose to eat out in many of the local restaurants. The standard and variety of food available in the vicinity of the hotel was excellent.

The Hilton Shanghai  put us within a 10-minute drive of Jing An Temple and French Concession, We were also close to the People’s Square, the magnificent Jade Buddhashanghai_huangpu_river_skyline Temple and the marvellous Shanghai Museum. We were able to celebrate my daughter’s birthday by travelling through the exciting Bund Tunnel to the Pudong Tower and having a celebration dinner on the Bund.

This was a wonderful trip and the Hilton Shanghai was in the perfect location for the visit we made. I highly recommend this hotle and would definitely use it again.

Valerie Penny