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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

 

Marriott Hotel Metrocentre, Gateshead, England

marriott outOn a recent shopping trip with my husband and mother, we were heading from my mother’s home to the Metrocentre in Gateshead, England. We had decided to stay over for the few days in the Marriott Hotel that is closest too the shopping mall. It is a modern marriott angelhotel with a glass facade is 0.7 miles from the Metrocentre train station. The iconic Angel of the North sculpture is 6 miles away. The Marriott Hotel, Metrocentre is A1 road and next to the intu Metrocentre shopping and leisure complex, but my goodness, it is difficult to find the way in from the motorway! However, after calling the hotel (although we could see it!) we did find our way.

marriott receptionIt was important that the hotel we chose catered for those with mobility disabilities and had a restaurant on site. We also required adjoining rooms in case my mother needed any help.The Marriott Hotel Metrocentre ticked all the boxes. Our warm, colourful rooms were on the third floor, near to the lifts so access for Mum was relatively easy. The rooms had flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi (for which there is a fee) and work desks, as well as sofabeds, and tea and coffee making equipment. We were delighted with the rooms and the amount of space available in them.marriott room

Parking at Marriott Hotel, Metrocentre is free. There is a grill restaurant that offers meals including Sunday lunch. However, the bar serving Starbucks coffee as well as drinks, is very small for the size of the hotel. It was not always possible to get a seat. My mother’s mobility makes it impossible for her to stand for any length of time, so, unfortunately, no seats meant no pre-dinner drinks. However, that is a small criticism. Over all the hotel met our needs well.marriott pool

Indeed, the amenities at the Marriott Hotel, Metrocentre are very good. Although we did not use many of them, the facilities include: an indoor pool, a whirlpool tub, a fitness centre and a sauna, as well as a spa and a hair salon. The staff are also polite and pleasant.We all really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and will use it again.

Valerie Penny