From the moment we set foot in this little gem, we were treated like royalty. From the elegant lobby to the plush rooms, everything was warm and welcoming. Great beds, beautiful decorations, great bathrooms. Breakfast buffet had something for everyone. Our only negative was the coffee in the 2nd floor breakfast room; even at opening at 6am it was bitter and tasted like it'd been cooking all night. The workout rooms, pool, and two hot tubs are awesome. Lots to do in the neighborhood; great hot pot restaurant close by. Tao Temple/Cultural Center across the street, open to the public. Stop by Yashow Market a few blocks away; much better than the Silk Market, less pushy sales people, and better prices.
I once again stayed for the weekend and unfortunately the Hotel has dropped even further. From the moment we booked in and the reception asked if we wanted seperate rooms-even though this time I booked as Mr and Mrs beerfreind-the reception was cold and uninviting.
The room - on executive floor was clean and comfortable. Room service banging on our door at 8.45 wanting to clean was not appreciated on any of the three mornings. The breakfast was average and cold. We stayed at Raffles on our previous visit and after this last effort we will return to Raffles in the future. Sad that a hotel could fall this far from grace
This review is based on 5 or 6 stays at this hotel.
Fine, polished (literally) lobby. Check in service is slow, writing details down manually.
The best aspect of this hotel is the rooms, which are very comfortable including high quality bedding, good climate control, and fine bathrooms with excellent showers, baths and soft towels.
The rooms are not completely soundproofed so if you're noise sensitive, ask for a quieter room, perhaps on a higher floor. There is some street noise outside from traffic.
The coffee shop buffet at breakfast is very good (except for the coffee: so-so), but I recommend going out rather than eating the dinner buffet which is mediocre.
As is usual in China, the hotel only distributes poor quality state run newspapers, but you can get real news via fast free internet connection in every room.
The hotel is 15 mins. walk or 5 mins. taxi ride from Sanlitun, an evening entertainment area with a series of bars featuring live bands, some from the Philippines.
All in all, this is a reasonable and comfortable hotel for a short stay in Beijing, and better than some of the branded chains.