Myself and a friend stayed in twin bedded room 615 (breakfast only) for three nights.
It was my second stay in this hotel and my second visit to China. I previously came in 2010.
-Free WiFi - available in Lobby (password required) and room (no password required).
-Friendly welcome at Reception. We declined the "upgrade" to a club room, as there was an additional charge.
-Clean and well-maintained premises.
-Three fast lifts to all floors.
-Key card entry (one per person) to solid door with bedroom containing two single beds, shared bedside table (with torch!), wall-lamps, telephone, 2 upholstered chairs & round glass-topped table, writing desk & chair, lamp, power sockets (including a UK 3-pin mains socket), telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, Samsung flatscreen multi-channel TV (English language channels include BBC World News, CNBC, Bloomberg, Star Movies, HBO, AXN, National Geographic, Star Sports), clock with iPod (original connector, i.e. not Lightning) dock, electronic safe (it could comfortably an 8-inch tablet), suitcase area, wardrobe with hanging space plus shelves, iron & ironing board. Effective blackout curtains. Effective and quiet air-con. En suite bathroom with shower-bath, sink, 2 free bottles of water, lotions, hair dryer, scales, toilet.
-'Restaurant Bloo' on 1st floor. Breakfast served 6-10am. Range of buffet hot and cold food, tea/coffee.
-'The First' lounge bar at lobby level.
-'Oodle' noodle restaurant at lobby level.
-Concierge desk at lobby level near the main entrance. Open 24 hours. We regularly asked them for directions. Nicholas was particularly helpful and spoke good English.
-Health club on 3rd floor. Open daily 5am-10pm. Access using your room key. Changing rooms with toilet and shower. Equipment includes 2x Technogym treadmills, cycle machine, dumb bells, weights.
-Beauty salon on 3rd floor. Open daily 10am-8pm. Advance booking is required.
-Business Center located on 15th floor club lounge. Open daily 9am-6pm.
-Checkout time 12 noon.
-Our room had an adjoining door.
-Some of the staff speak limited English, although they always try their best to be helpful.
-There's a Starbucks in Jinbao Tower across from the hotel entrance. There are several Chinese restaurants and small convenience stores within walking distance of the hotel.
-To get to the nearest metro station entrance/exit ('C') turn immediately right out of the hotel entrance, through a short tunnel, then left into the street, then left at the first corner. I used the metro map from the Lonely Planet book for China, as it listed stations in English and Chinese.
-Wangfujing Street (shopping street - Apple, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds) is a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. Walk out of the hotel entrance, pass Starbucks on your left, then right into Jinbao Street and walk in a straight line until you see the large Apple store on a corner on your left. Tiananmen Square is a further 20 minute walk from the far end of Wangfujing Street.
-Well known English-language social networking and video sites are blocked in China (although not Hong Kong). However, I could use BBC.com, Sky News, Bing and TripAdvisor.
-Take a hotel business card in case you get lost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel is a modern oasis, ideal for both leisure and business guests with 216 rooms. Centrally located in the heart of Beijing's bustling and developing cultural, commercial, business and entertainment district, the hotel is within walking distance of the Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing shopping street. Rooms all feature stunning views of the city skyline and complimentary high-speed Internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel Beijing
- Park Plaza Hotel Beijing
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