Returned to the Park Hyatt Beijing after not having visited for 2 years. No regrets. Absolutely wonderful. Not disappointed. Perfect business hotel. Shall I continue? The rooms are sleek and civilised and after a long flight, I longed for something simple, yet elegant. The spare use of colour is contrasted by the subtle interplay of materials: large, rough granite baths, dark ebony, sleek ivory, plush bathrobes - yum. Large windows in my room overlook snarls of busy highways spanning the broad, bustling city. The Park Hyatt keeps its calm distance by placing the rooms and restaurants high above it all; the breakfast and dining areas have lovely views into the ever-clouded Beijing horizon.
I went for business but made a few quick visits to galleries and museums, with the assistance of the trusty concierge women. For those on the go, hotel staff are very attentive to even the most discriminating of guests (this writer included). Shopping at the Soho mall across the street is fun for those who can try to tell real Prada from fake Prada (I cant, and I have a closet full of the real stuff). If you dont speak Chinese however, you may never learn the final prices. For authentic luxury shopping, stay in the hotel. There are floors of the best international designer names for anyone who forgot a birthday or special occasion while traveling - or a gift to say "I missed you."