I needed to stay at a Wyndham owned hotel to complete a promotion for frequent flyer miles. I was in Beijing for one night and wanted something cheap. At 400 Yuan total, Ramada fit the bill. I new this was a newer hotel built just before the Olympics last year. An unlike in America, Ramada is pretty decent in China.
To get here, I took a 16 Yuan shuttle bus from the airport that dropped me off only 1.5 miles from the hotel. However, the taxi driver still had to call the hotel to find out where it was. So be prepared since the whole area around the hotel is only a year old. There are many hotels in the area. The subway is only about 1 mile away.
The hotel is pretty nice. An open lounge with a bar in the middle in the lobby. The front desk only had one very good English speaker while the rest were only OK. Worse was the bell boy who had no grasp of English so he couldn't tell the taxi driver I wanter to go to the subway stop. The hotel is near the Olympic buildings and is bit of a distance from the city center.
I booked the cheapest room. It was just big enough to get around with a flat screen TV on the wall. A bathroom big enough for one. Nice comfortable king size bed. Everything was very clean and modern. The unpleasant surprise. NO WHERE on Wyndham's clunky and outdated website did it mention that the room HAD NO WINDOW! This is the first time I've ever stayed in a room with no window. I thought it would bother me, but since I got back late I went right to bed. However, It was strange waking up with no sunshine. I still would have booked this room because of the price, but it's wrong that there is no mention that the room has no window. I would stay here again if the price were the same, but only for a short in/out stay, not long term.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ramada Parkside Beijing is established by Beijing Hua-Hui-Ya-Chen Investment Co., Ltd., and the hotel is the first franchise authorized by Ramada Management Group in Beijing. Located at the only Class A Catering Street in the Central Olympic area, in walking distance to the “Bird Nest”- the main venue of 2008 Olympic Games. It is neighbored by the facilities including Beijing International Convention Center, China National Convention Center, China Science & Technology Museum, Beijing Conference Center, and very close to Zhong-Guan-Cun, Wang-Jing and Shang-Di high tech industrial park. The downtown area, most of Beijing famous attractions and Beijing Capital International Airport, also the brand new China International Exhibition Center at Shun-Yi, all are within about 20 minutes driving distance. Ramada Parkside Beijing is accommodated with 129 elegant rooms and suites, including disable friendly room, all are well designed with modern and simple concepts to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, with sparkle of Chinese elements, and the mixed artistry extends the cozy environment for our guests. For business as well as leisure travelers, all rooms are equipped with hi-speed internet access, 32 inch plasma TV, Satellite TV, safe box, mini-bar, and self-service coffee/tea equipment. For your convenience, the wireless internet access can be used in all public areas in the hotel. Our ultimate goal is to dedicate our service to make a comfortable environment and create an ideal home for our customers. The hotel equipped with 324 square meters Grand Ballroom and several multi-function meeting rooms, which are set to meet the individual needs of our customers. All facilities feature the state-of-art audio-visual equipments to create an excellent and high quality environment, also to provide an easy choice for meeting organizers. Ramada Parkside Beijing will always serve customers at our best. Whatever you are business or leisure traveler, we will always be your home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Parkside Beijing Hotel Beijing