Beijing Hotel and its neighbour, Grand Hotel
Beijing, will host senior officials from the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games under a contract with the Beijing
Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG).
According to the contract, the two hotels will not only
provide accommodations for the Olympic Family, but also serve as the
headquarters and command centre of the IOC during the Beijing Games.
The Olympic Family officials come from the IOC, all the International Sports
Federations, the national Olympic committees, the Games organizing committees
and the Olympic sponsors.
"During the Beijing Games, the two hotels will receive main members of the
Olympic Family, representing about 1,000 guests from outside Beijing," said
Xiang Ping, vice director of BOCOG Games Services Department.
Officials from Beijing Hotel said that during the Games, the two hotels would
not be open to the public.
Before signing the contract with the two hotels, BOCOG inspected and
evaluated about 30 five-star hotels in Beijing. Beijing Hotel and the Grand
Hotel Beijing walked away with the contract in recognition of their facilities,
convenient location and services.
Beijing Hotel is one of the most distinguished addresses in China's capital
city and has played a key role in the city's history since 1900.
Located on Chang An Avenue, the hotel is within walking distance of the
Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square and other major sights and is adjacent to the
shopping area of Wangfujing Street.
The hotel offers 700 rooms and suites in four interconnected buildings.
received several Five Star Diamond Awards from the American Academy of
The Grand Hotel Beijing is located just to the west of Beijing Hotel. It also
sits next to the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square and faces the Chang An
The two hotels have already received many senior officials from IOC, such as
Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former IOC president, Jacques Rogge, the current IOC
president, and Hein Verbruggen, chairman of IOC Coordination Commission of the
In order to provide adequate services to the Olympics guests, a series of
training programmes that will include information about the Olympics will be
held from next year.
BOCOG has signed services contracts with 112 hotels in Beijing, including 38
five-star, 40 four-star and 34 three-star hotels.
Together with the Olympic Village, the Athletes' Village and the Media
Village, these hotels will accommodate 50,000 accredited athletes, journalists,
officials and sponsors.
Beijing Hotel and the Grand Hotel Beijing are among the first group to sign
lodging agreements with BOCOG.
As promised by BOCOG in June, Olympics guests will pay less for their rooms
than did participants at Athens in 2004.
The average price for a five-star hotel room will be US$353, while rates at
four-star and three-star hotels will be US$272 and US$176, respectively. This
compares to prices of around 500 euros (US$628.9) for a five-star room during
the 2004 Athens Olympics.