As other reviewers have mentioned, for some reason cab drivers can't find the place. Despite being armed with a map and a Beijing-resident Mandarin-speaking friend, the first two cabs I tried declined even to try to find it, and the third had to be navigated in on my cellphone by the hotel reception. All quite entertaining, really! Apart from that the location wasn't an issue as I was at conference in the hotel so never had to leave.
Everything else was excellent. My room was booked at an absurdly cheap conference rate which made this the best value hotel I've stayed in for years.
You're in the top half of a skyscraper, with three lift banks to choose from depending on where you want to go. I guess that could be a bit of a puzzle, but just allow a couple of minutes extra and you'll be fine - and the views compensate for the minor confusions. The staff are very professional, easily comparable with the best Hong Kong 5* hotel staff. And the hotel's very tastefully decorated, "understated modern with generic Asian accents" as an interior designer might describe it.
The room was big, with an open plan layout (so the bathroom is part of the room - which I like but you might not if you're sharing with a not-quite-best-friend). It has a high-tech Japanese toilet, which you'll find in every 5* hotel globally within a few years, they're so good. Nice big (tho' square!) bath, with bath salts. Plenty of work space, moderately expensive internet, coffee machine and kettle. CD/DVD player (tho' an ipod player would have been nice). Uber-comfortable bed and bedding as you find in all the top-end chains. Electronic controls for everything, including the blinds and a very effective blackout shade for you daytime sleepers.
Breakfast was on the 66th floor and was a nice mix of buffet and a la carte, all included in one price. I really like this - it irks me to have to fetch my own breakfast if I'm paying for it, but buffets do allow you to customise, so this was a good compromise. I swam a couple of km in the pool, a 25m lap pool so you can do a proper workout set - and what's better is that the staff KNOW how long the pool is. The overwhelming majority of front-desk staff have no idea how long their pools are, so unless I go scope it out when I check in, I can't plan my morning set the night before! Well done Hyatt on the staff training! Beautiful gym and changing room, too, though in this quality of hotel I'd have expected to find a few more toiletries (razors and cream, deo, etc - a pretty minor moan I admit).
I didn't explore the mall, but I'd imagine your shopaholic friends could burn a few thousand dollars on branded toys very easily, if that's their thing.
So all in all, this is one of the best and most sophisticated big-chain hotels you could envisage staying in, reminiscent (not surprisingly) of the Hyatt at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.
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