First impressions of this hotel were extremely positive with a beautiful lobby area open for several floors above your head decorated with tall palms and observation elevators. It was furnished with stylish and comfortable couches which just invited you to sit and enjoy the ambience. Unfortunately after checking into our rooms and coming back down to enjoy the atmosphere my wife and I were told we were not allowed to simply sit in that inviting space, as the 80+ (mostly unoccupied) seats were for paying restaurant customers, not for paying guests. Upon discussion with a staff member we were begrudgingly granted permission to sit in one specific couch at the entranceway to the lobby, however this was not communicated to the waitress who shooed us out only a few minutes later, telling us we could sit in one of 8 patio chairs around 2 tables located on the faux-marble floored area adjacent to the revolving door. I resisted ordering something so that we could stay as the prices were exorbitant by comparison with other places we had eaten in China. On the plus side the rooms were comfortable, and the breakfast buffet was very nice, although the service was slow for the cooked-to-order eggs or waffles. Having no free Wi-Fi for paying guests was a big lack in this hotel. In summary, I felt like I didn't belong at this hotel, and that it was not family friendly.
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- Also Known As:
- Presidential Beijing Hotel Beijing
- Presidential Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Presidential Hotel
- Presidential Plaza Hotel Beijing
- Presidential Plaza Beijing