Before going to Beijing this time, I've done some research since I have to pay by myself for two nights. I compared Regent, Conrad, Hotel Eclat, Westin, and Shangrila. and finally settled on Regent Beijing because for the same or lower price of an ordinary room in the above mentioned hotel, I got to stay in the executive room with lounge access. Given that it's operated by Taiwanese, you'd expect the quality.
I've come to the conclusion that this is one of the best hotels for tourists or business travelers who want to stay in a luxury hotel but have to pay by his/her own. These are the highlights:
(1) Which room to stay? Let me just say that I love my room with a view, and oh boy, did I get one (see pics)! I stayed in Room 1824 (the hotel has 19 floors). This is a corner room with two floor-to-ceiling windows facing southwest and west. Look at the pictures! This is one of the best views in Beijing (if you know a better one, please tell me! I'll try it next time). Since the manager does read reviews here, maybe he or she can point out how high you need to stay with an unobstructed view of the forbidden city and bell and drum towers. But definitely ask for one. (I also want to publicly applaud Angela, Regent's reservation department representative, for reserving this room with wonderful view for a new guest! You've definitely earned a long-time customer for Regent.)
(2) service and facilities: Do stay in an executive room with lounge access. Even after this, the price is still cheaper than most western chains in Beijing. The ladies in the lounge (17th floor) were friendly without being too intimidating (I am the type that want to be left alone. Oh, and they are pretty!) Breakfast was great (you order a main course from the menu, and then there are buffet tables as well). Wine and liquor selections for the happy hour are decent. I did use the swimming pool twice, which is 25m. It is bright and airy. Although the locker room is dark and a little bit on the humid side, it feels maintained. Coffee in the room is French press (Now you see I am just listing stuff from memory....) I don't know why you'd want to work when the view is perfect (ok, I admit you can't see anything when the air is heavily polluted, which is like all the time). But if you need to, the desk is big (see pic) and I love how they put the table by itself as opposed to against the wall. Most people have already mentioned that internet is free and fast enough (you do need VPN to access youtube or facebook). You get to iron two shirts for free if you stay in the executive room as well (maybe there are more free services, I don't remember. They did give you a list of complimentary services when you check in, which is nice). I love the Molton Brown shampoo they provided!
(3) Location: The hotel is three Beijing blocks away from Forbidden City and TianAnMen Square (a 20 min walk), a block away from Wangfujing (it's touristy, but in an exotic Chinese way very unlike shopping streets in other countries). Down on the ground level, Jinbao Street has one of the most expensive malls in Beijing. Several extremely well known local restaurants in the neighborhood. So I didn't try the hotel restaurants. Do ask the concierge for recommendations (also be prepared to pay a major world city price though). Right by the mall, there are old alleys (hutons) that are still crowded with collective households. Not too many places in China can you still see such a deep contrast of rich and (dirt) poor living side-by-side. Although there is a subway exit in the building (Denshikou on line 5), line 5 is the main north-south artery, and being squeezed to death during rush hour may not be nice and should be avoided. The fact that it is centrally located in the city, given Beijing's hellish traffic, is probably the only reason why it is not a good alternative for business travelers. But again, if somebody is paying the bill, there are better located (and much more expensive) places for you in this city.
Overall, this hotel really is nice and I highly recommend you to stay in their executive rooms. People complain about noise on the lower floors, but come on, I don't really know how you can avoid that staying in the center of the Chinese universe which is at the foot of Forbidden City!
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