I usually stay at either of the 2 Westin hotels in Beijing, prefer the Financial Street location. I really like those hotels. This time I thought I'd go one step better and get the St Regis. I had just spent several nights in the St Regis in Aspen, Colorado, so my anticipation level was high.
The hotel Audi took me to the hotel. Looked rather ordinary from the outside. Inside there was a lot of marble and large common areas but nothing outstanding. I got a nice suite which was plenty big for me. I am sure the furniture was good quality but the whole suite decoration was something I think my grandparents would have liked. To me the style was old and uninspiring.
The bed however was FANTASTIC! It was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in with the most luxurious linens I have had in any hotel. Only negative with the bedroom was there was a smoke detector with a light that blinked every thirty seconds or so. In a completely dark room a small blinking light can become very irritating. The ceiling was tall so no way I could block the blinking light.
In the morning I went looking for the Club Room to have breakfast only to find there is no Club Room (at least not that I was told of when I asked). That was another disappointment. The hotel does however have a very substantial breakfast buffet in the main restaurant. In the evening there was a happy hour with free food and drinks from 6 to 7 pm (I believe) in the hotel bar. Didn't compare very favorably to the Westin Club Room experience for breakfast and evening snacks and drinks.
The gym is in an adjacent building with an indoor walkway in between. Very nice and large gym with great equipment and enormous pool area. Well done.
The St Regis was within walking distance from most places I needed to go in Beijing which was great. The times I did need a taxi was a big problem though. There are no taxis waiting outside the St Regis and the guy at the front door has to go over to the street and try to hail a cab same as I can do myself. Except that very few taxis are available or seem to want to stop there. At the Westin there is always a line of taxis waiting. Another minus for St Regis.
On a positive note, there is a good Starbucks across the street.
Perhaps I'm being a bit tough on the hotel, I was not sure whether to give it a 3 or a 4 rating. It is of course a very nice hotel. And the people go out of their way to provide excellent service that was prompt, courteous and friendly. The bed is fantastic and the location great. If you like what I consider "old" style decoration you will like that too but I don't, I prefer light wood, steel and glass. If this had been a Sheraton (with a Sheraton price) I would have given it a 4 or 5. But it isn't. It is a St Regis and it is just not special enough for that. Next time I will go back to the Westin.
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- The St. Regis Beijing exemplifies luxury, elegance, and impeccable service and is now relaunched in 2008. Superbly situated in the heart of Beijing's business, shopping and diplomatic districts, it is the hotel of choice for the world's most discerning traveler. Experience uncompromising and incomparable service-hallmark traits of our signature St. Regis Butler Service. Available 24 hours a day, the St. Regis Butler attends to every detail. ... more less
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