I've stayed in my fair share of hotels around the world, but this is the one that springs to mind when I think of 5-star.
First off, our room was spectacular. And we were staying in the regular garden wing, not the deluxe wing. The bed was super-soft, there was a work desk with free internet, and an elegant bathroom with a tub for long baths.
Next up, the facilities. The fitness center was nicer than my "luxury gym" here in Singapore. The restaurants served high-quality food to serve any taste, from local delicacies to healthy Japanese fare to familiar Western dishes. The bar also seemed to have live music every night.
Lastly, what impressed me the most, was the service. Staff were friendly and efficient, the concierge had great recommendations, and hotel staff managed the queue of taxis. This last one may not seem important, but this meant that the taxi driver knew where I wanted to go (the hotel staff would translate for me) and I could be certain I wouldn't get overcharged (since they also took down the license plate number).
The only negative was that the hotel is a ways from downtown Beijing and, if there's heavy traffic (which is often), it can take a while to get into the city. That said, it's also a much better value than the hotels in the city center.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the west of Beijing at the heart of the financial and technological district and within close proximity to some of China’s most magnificent historical sites, the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing is only 30 minutes from the Capital Airport, providing an ideal location for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel has a total of 670 well-appointed guestrooms and 7 exceptional restaurants and bars. Well-equipped health club is welcomed by the health conscious and fitness-motivated guests. Shangri-La’s exclusive spa, CHI offers some of the largest and most luxurious private treatment suites to the city. For grand or intimate events, hotels’ two ballrooms and 28 function rooms are perfect choices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri La Hotel Beijing
- Shangri La Beijing