im really a fan of the modern minimalist interior design....so its no surprise that i love this hotel. The elegant use of wood all over and clean lines really did it for me.
I dont think its for everyone though, its like sleeping in a modern art museum rather than a feel at home luxury hotel.
i dont remember the place having a swimming pool or a spa...but i might be wrong.
The halls are rather dark, and i dont even remember being a front desk. People just come up to you in their ipads and organically just take care of you.
I remember the breakfast cafe was ok....not the vegas buffet you'd see in big luxury chains. Just enough. There are better dining options around and below the hotel. The japanese restaurant in the complex called BEI is amazing and probalby one of the best dinners i had in beijing.
the immediate surrounds are still under development, there was a great sichuan restaurant next door.
the only thing that i didnt like was the height of the building....maybe i was in a lower room but i felt like i couldnt open my window coz' the hotel rooms were immediately in line of sight to the small alley way behind it. and people could easily see you. I wish the hotel was taller and so you can get a better view. Also the small street infront of the hotel is always congested with traffic....which means, it will take forever for a taxi to get in and out of the area. we would usually just ask the driver to drop us at the corner of the main street block and we'd just walk back.
overall....despite the surroundings, i would book this hotel again on my next stay to beijing in a few months. I was at the park hyatt earlier, and i still like this property better...overall.