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“The Stage is set but the players need training” 4 of 5 stars
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Shangri-La China World Summit Wing Beijing
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004, China (Guomao)   |  
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“The Stage is set but the players need training”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

The stage is set but the players need training

Recently , I had the pleasure 2 nights at the brand new Shang China Summit Wing.
Because of the below good reviews , Shang high security and new hotel is always preferred. Shang brand consistently delivers good service elsewhere. This is why the below is long and I hope it helps you on what to expect and the management on what to improve.

On arrival in this beautifully architected building after flying 20 hours., I am not impressed with
My Male Caucasian colleague was greeted warmly with but not me who looks local, and is treated like arm candy. I book all 3 rooms under my name, they did not talk to me, and wasted the next minutes looking for my colleague’s name.
The first thing they did to welcome me was to ask me what time I would like to check out. Since I am Golden Circle member, this question was never asked in other properties. I later learnt that I should have checked in at 64th floor not at Ground where the staff seems to treat you more like a nuisance than a guest.
No one explained what is included in the room package, only breakfast place was mentioned.
In the room, I immediately called down for information but was told to wait, line was cut, there was no call back. Second time I called, I asked to see the manager who then explained everything in person which is good but would be better if this was the check -in staff to save time.
Manager was well connected , she helped us make arrangements to Da Dong beijing Duck, even though no reservations was possible, we could save some time by pre-ordering the ducks.

Now the lifts, expect to have exciting wooshing speed up but expect also your luggage travels with you, there seems to be no separate lifts for luggage. Then the corridor on 64th floor, narrow and with edges, not good for navigation on jet lag mode. The lift itself can be a challenge, key card control and tap on the desired number to activate, works on touch screen concept, no indicators where to tap. We were at Day 1 stuck in the 64th floor with 8 other people in the lift, all trying to find out how to activate the touch screen, it was quite amusing.

Room is beautiful, great size, nicely designed, old world Chinese charm meets modern functionally and fabulous views. Bed is very comfortable, sheets luxurious and good quality but you tend to expect this from a new 5 star hotel. No overtly complicated switches and climate control that actually works, something I greatly appreciate. Bathroom design good, L’occitane toiletries as with other Shang. However, the tub was not that clean for a new hotel. Pieces of hair left behind from cleaning lady? and stains at drain were not properly scrubbed off. The WC is a real problem, expect to always flush twice, ugh.

We had the special opening package, so everything in the well stocked minibar was complimentary. Suggest hotel places a placard stating this instead of a standard listing of prices, gives such a different impression.
Nespresso coffee machine in every room, dream come through. No more lugging my machine around. Selection of coffee type however was limited to 2 type only. Clean kettles, good quality service ware, and a very lovely welcome box of macaroons, chocolates and a fruit. However, I did fill up the guest pre-arrival form asking specifically for non-gas water and no fruits, this was ignored. At turn down, you get cookies, which is always welcomed.

Working area neat, large desk, with such a view, one can get such inspiration, imagining sitting behind a high rise office, the world at your feet. Be warned, power socket well hidden, and the service staff I called could not explain it in English and my mandarin is not that great so I gave up after some minutes. Workchair irritated me, there was a lever to adjust the height but it was not working, and said lever was also coated in dust. To be fair though, I did not ask for help as I did not want to wait for help.

No time for the tv but I do like to have music in the room, they have a JBL ipod dock which sounded great. A nice 40/42 inch ? Samsung flat screen with Samsung dvd player in every room. Tried it with my cds, sound quality not too good, hotel should have a check, the setting may be off.

The 78th floor houses a very nice looking gym, spa and pool with a view and Jacuzzi seats, impressive. Did not actually had the time to experience it but would definitely want to the next time.

Now onto the meeting room which was complimentary for guests 2 hours each at 64th floor. Comfortable place, Coffees came fast and efficient.

The Peak / Atmosphere Bar was very swanky, old new york style type. Impression from night view almost like Chicago’s Waterford Tower. You can see Tiananmen square Locals must like it a lot, there is a queue to get in and places are reserved, so finding seats for 4 people not the easiest. Service here also needs improvements, had to do helicopter hands to get notice for the orders. Perhaps it’s a perception thing, ladies, they ignore, Male Caucasians (MC) gets served. My colleagues laugh at me, guess which category they belong in, haha. I saw an Italian lady give up trying to signal the waiter and walked to the bar to order.
Night 1, welcome drink, not many staff seem to have a clue about. We asked to take the welcome drink, they gave us the menu. Coming from Shang Qingdao, MCs naturally ordered champagne. Surprise, we get billed for it. Then when we ask, welcome drink is only cocktails. A little miffed, we ask them to deduct a cocktail price then, which they did. Night 2, we learnt, we ask female waiter if whisky sour can be the welcome drink, her answer, sure you can have it if you pay for it. Such a combination of sass and totally no clue what is a welcome drink. We asked another, ok, successful cocktail procured. Night 2 was much better, we chanced on a nice guy- Swiss import who served us quick drinks and good service. Chinese Bartender was also quite ok, attempting to engage in conversation. Sound quality and lighting at bar is good, choice of live singing band perhaps can be improved, still alcohol can help dull the senses.
Successful night of good company, great view, fast and good service later, I stagger back to the room, only to smash into a wall, courtesy of the narrow walkway and most likely a few too many drinks.
Breakfast at 79th floor, very nice touch, probably best breakfast place ever. Luxuries not spared, you are seated in nicely separated tables, suitable for business or private conversations, overlooking the view. Good quality cutlery, service ware and great service. You order off a menu and while you wait, fresh orange juice is served and a continental breakfast is tempting you on the table with croissants, Danish apricot and chocolate pastries, muesli, cornflakes and yogurt, there is even a cheese and salami plate. All trimmings are in place, from cold butter to ceramic spoons for your honey, jams or nutella. Espressos good, coffee I would skip as room nespresso machine is better. My order of la mian noodle was well done , superior broth and MCs enjoyed their eggs and fried noodles too. 100 points here.

The location is central, the connected new shopping is not yet opened, but 3 minutes walk away is the sister hotel Traders which is connected to China world shopping, a good place for all things international and people watching. Walked there for a lunch, found a nice and simple local place called Match with above average dim sum, hong kong style.
The hotel manages the taxis for you and you simply present yourself for the queue, sometimes it can take long during peak dinner hours, so allow for some room time-wised. Hotel cars are also available but booking in advance is essential, the day 2 night we tried after waiting 15min for taxis which did not arrive, we were told we have cars but cannot find the driver. My airport drop off was a good experience though, driver was on time, courteous and car had juices and water and towels plus a send off service where an airport personal takes you through all the way until after security check. Would be 100 points from me, if hotel changes type of bottles the juice and water is served, because its not so easy drinking off a glass bottle compared to plastic, or they should provide then glasses.

All in all, I would return because things will improve. Staff are young and perhaps also young to Shang concept, they should transfer other staff here to set good example. Still, one aspect prevails, throughout my stay, all staff without exception greeted and gave way to the guest, this is basic good training. All facilities are top notch, Shang is a good brand and service levels here although below other Shangs I had experienced, I am sure it will improve.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

I had meetings at the China World Hotel (CWH). I have stayed there many times over the last 15 years. The Summit Wing opened very recently. The opening deal was too tempting to pass so several colleagues stayed there as well. Overall we were pleased with the stay. The rooms are great; facilities excellent. Rooms are very comfortable and roomy. Bathroom opulent! We tried 3 restaurants all were of good standard. The bar on the 80th floor was a buzz and seems to be "the place to be". The staff were very, very friendly - if I made any negative comment I would suggest they were a little short on understanding expectations of non-Chinese guests. The only other comment is that the name "China World Summit Wing" really is confusing. It seems to be really not connected as others that arrived at the CWH were sent away by taxi to go to the Summit Wing. They are all part of the Shangri-La chain and the standards are as excellent as ever.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

We recently spent three of our eight nights in Beijing at the China World Summit Wing Hotel. The staff at the hotel were very friendly, professional and tried very hard to accommodate us and make us feel welcome.

As the hotel has only been open for 6 weeks the public spaces, restaurants and the guest rooms still look and feel very new.

It was obvious that some of the staff were new and not accustomed to working at a luxury property of this calibre and made small gaffs in common service practices.

The food in the restaurants was just ok as was the room service. The lobby is a lovely space as is the residence foyer on the 64th floor.

All in al it was a very good stay and I will use the Shangri-la brand again should I find myself in a city with this hotel chain.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

The China World Hotel has long been almost the default high end business hotel in Beijing and you know with the Shangri-la Chain that they are always going to do a great job.

It is stretching a point to call the Summit Wing a "wing" of the China World Hotel as it is in a completely different building at least 300 meters away and with another hotel "Traders" in between the two. I'm sure that a lot of people will end up being taken to the wrong reception and it is not a convenient or short walk from one to the other.

We live in Beijing and stayed here for one night only to take advantage of the opening period pricing and because it was my wife's birthday.

Simple Reception Desk at Street Level and then straight up to a residents' lounge on the 64th floor. The rooms are between 64th and 77th floor. Rooms are large and first rate in terms of comfort and fittings. Stunning views. We took a corner room.

Good western restaurant up on the 79th floor. Swimming pool and health club on the 78th floor are very nicely done. I went home, picked up my children and took them to the hotel just for the experience of swimming on the 79th floor of building with all of Beijing beneath you.

This is a small hotel (not many more than 130 rooms) essentially the extended equivalent of the club floors in a regular high end 5 star hotel.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

Staff provided a very warm Shangri-La welcome to the hotel, although the luggage assistant seemed to linger a long time in the room (was he wanting a tip - at the Shangri-La - surely not?). The views were fantastic and public areas well designed and a pleasure to see. The staff took great pride in the product, again nice to see. Room service was prompt.

My only two niggles: sparks from the electrical socket by the curtain (!!!) due to ineffective and loose fixed connection between the fixed socket and floor lamp (reported to front desk) - hope this is fixed soon as it looks like a design fault; an urgent message from colleague not provided to me until the next morning (the doors are so well sealed you can't post anything under a door).

Overall recommended - do go and enjoy the experience.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

One of the best hotels (restaurant, service, rooms, view, location) I know. Sleeping at 60+ floor is really dreaming in the clouds. Restaurant and club run with utmost care and precision.

The best view in Beijing!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

Walked in on that night around 8 just to try out this new place.
The Bar on 80th floor was fully booked, so was The Lounge. But I was really hungry and unfortunately there are only 4 food items on the menu of the bar....so i decided to eat at The Lounge.
The staff tried to find a table which reservation hasn't come yet. However, i found out that night (since i stayed up till 10pm - closing to their closed time) that the table indeed hadn't been reserved and that was only a lie to us, the guests.
The food comes vey slowly. I had a Poached Prawn salad which appears to be the only attractive salad on the menu. but it was totally a mess. no flavor at all..
then i had a spaghetti but indeed i ordered risotto at the beginning and the staff was just realizing they had run out of the dish 15 mins after i finished my starter...the taste of the spaghetti was simply more disappointing.
Then desert was okay, the choco tartar (pic).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CWSWMGMT, Manager at Shangri-La China World Summit Wing Beijing, responded to this review, September 30, 2010
Dear Ms. Lilin,

Warm greetings from the China World Summit Wing.

First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us in regards to your recent visit to the China World Summit Wing. Feedback such as yours is very important to us and especially in the opening phase it guides us in our journey to reach perfection.

Your comments in regards to the service and food in The Lounge has been shared with the respective department heads for improvement as well as we did review our table reservation process.

Ms. Lilin, please accept our sincerest apologies for not being able to provide you with the expected experience. I can only seek that you forgive us and hope that you will give us the opportunity in the future to regain your faith in our property and to show you improvements in the concerned areas.

With warmest regards
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Address: No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Guomao
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Beijing
#7 Spa Hotel in Beijing
#15 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
#23 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La China World Summit Wing Beijing 5*
Number of rooms: 278
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
China World Summit Wing, Beijing comprises 278 guest rooms and suites, four designer restaurants, two bars and a lounge. Accommodations with guest room sizes averaging 65 square metres are the most spacious in the city. The hotel also houses the city's highest spa retreat with CHI, The Spa - Shangri-La's signature spa brand - on level 77. Most of the city's attractions, such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, are within a 15-minute drive. ... more   less 
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