Room - room was a good size and was traditionally decorated. Each room is its own separate villa. Traditional Chinese architecture uses the courtyard structure, so there are villas on 3 sides of the square courtyard. They put red lanterns outside our villa to indicate that we were there to celebrate an occasion (our anniversary), which was cool. However, we had issues with our shower not draining that didn't resolved after our notifying the front desk, and our toilet ran all night the first night (this did get fixed). Apparently you can't drink the water out of the faucet at the hotel (or anywhere in Beijing), but the hotel provided all the bottled water you could want in the room for no additional charge.
Spa/pool - the pictures are very close to reality. The pool is really cool, so go for a dip to beat the Beijing heat. The spa was nice but didn't really have a proper waiting area. I really enjoyed my traditional Chinese tui ma massage. I tried to arrange a private Pilates session on the day of, but they couldn't get in contact with the Pilates instructor. The studio looked beautiful. My husband played squash and ping pong with the gym staffer and had a great time in so doing.
Gifts - they give you great gifts each day in your room. There was not really a need to buy cheesy souvenirs on our trip because the aman was thoughtful enough to provide really neat traditional gifts to us (and we got especially beautiful ones because it was our anniversary, I think!).
Food - breakfast was awesome (we ate western style breakfasts). The Cantonese restaurant was good, but, even though we think of ourselves as experimental with food, some of the food was really out there for us. The western restaurant was good for dinner.
Location - as everyone else mentioned, the property is adjacent to the summer palace and has a secret door to enter the property, which is great. It also allows you to get to more remote sections of the Great Wall with a shorter drive to avoid throngs of tourists. The downside to the location is that it's a 30+ minute drive from the hotel to downtown to see the sights. There is a subway nearby, though, which could be a shorter trip.
Overall - the package we got included a summer palace, hutong, and Forbidden City tour, and we also arranged a Great Wall tour through the hotel. Both were great and were great reasons to choose the Aman. We were greeted at the gate of our plane at the airport by our transporter, and, again when we were dropped off at the airport, we were escorted by two air china reps all due to staying at the Aman. We were assigned one tour guide and one driver and car throughout our time there; this worked very well. However, there were a few service flaws that I expected not to encounter at an international resort chain like the aman (language barrier issues, no one manning the front desk early in the morning, not personally resolving the shower issue, not offering to have someone carry our luggage for us to the front for our morning departure when they knew exactly what time we were leaving, etc.).
But, overall, I'd recommend the hotel highly. It was a lovely traditional yet modernized base for our first visit to Beijing.
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