The St Regis is a great hotel. We debated between the St Regis and Raffles before we came and we are so glad we stayed at St Regis. While not as central to Forbidden City and tienamen square it's only a 5 min cab ride (cost $1.50) or 4 subway stops ($0.75) or 30 min walk. It's absolutely worth it. We did pop into raffles just to compare and it was underwhelming compared to the newly renovated and grand St Regis. We had butler service so free coffee and tea at any time as well as pressing of clothes. We found this to be worth it as the restaurant in the hotel charges about $10 for coffee. Breakfast is a bit pricy if you go for the buffet at ~$35 per person but you can go a la carte with eggs and bacon and pancakes for example at $10 each. Starbucks is across the street and priced similarly to the US.
The hotel has a great gym and fantastic pool. Because we were her pages and waking up at 4 or 5 am we made use of the gym every morning. It was great no extra charge. Also you get free bottles of water in the gym and in the room which are worth it as in many restaurants you get charged $10 per bottle of water it's quite a rip off.
The hotel helped us organize a day trip to the Great Wall and summer palace with an English speaking tour guide, lunch, car service and a traditional Chinese tea house ($300 for the two of us). We thought this was well worth it as we left around 8:30 am and didnt return till around 4:30 or 5pm. The Great Wall is an hour and half drive summer palace around 50 minutes. The tour was provided by gray line and our guide was Michelle. She had very good English and a great sense of humor. We loved the Great Wall it's a must see!! If you're pressed for time you can skip the Summer Palace. We loved Forbidden City much much more and it's really close to the hotel.
The hotel is really helpful and can help you book restaurants for the evening -Peking duck is a must at Duck de Chine!!
Also close to the hotel is Wufanjing street which Is like the 5th avenue of Beijing with many of the high end shops like Gucci and Hermes also on this street you will find a street market with street food and chackis.
After sight seeing and waking for hours you may be in a need for a massage across the main street from the hotel is a massage place think its called Liangzi (greet sign says something about foot massage). Now if you're looking for a typical american spa massage where someone tickles you with oil and you're asleep by the end of it this is nothing like that. This is a Chinese message where you may find yourself in pain at times similar to a deep tissue or sports massage. My husband and I paid approx $50 each for an hour and felt like new born babies after. They massage you in the same room. Their English wasn't the best but we managed. For Chinese standards this was quite pricy but very clean and safe it was like a 3 floor marble spa and the massage was like a chiropractor and massage in one!
Well that was my log winded way of saying STAY ST ST REGIS!
Very safe very convenient very clean and overall a great way to start our Asian travels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St. Regis Beijing exemplifies luxury, elegance, and impeccable service and is now relaunched in 2008. Superbly situated in the heart of Beijing's business, shopping and diplomatic districts, it is the hotel of choice for the world's most discerning traveler. Experience uncompromising and incomparable service-hallmark traits of our signature St. Regis Butler Service. Available 24 hours a day, the St. Regis Butler attends to every detail. ... more less
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