I travel to Beijing almost monthly and have stayed here for the last 3 years, mostly on the Club floor. The rooms are perfectly fine, however they could do with a little freshening up in order to meet 5 star standards. The bathrooms are palatial, the lotions and potions fine (Asprey) but if the Ritz-Carlton really wanted to distinguish itself in this area, it could commission a special blend like the very distinctive Como And Blaise Mautin products I found at Cocoa Island (Maldives) and the Park Hyatt (Azerbaijan) respectively. The Club lounge is very useful for the business traveller, with a fair selection of nibbles available throughout the day, and a quiet area for discussions. Breakfast at the Club lounge is fair (I wish baked beans would make a regular appearance) but there is a much wider selection at the main breakfast area. However the food quality at breakfast is quite mediocre. The food quality at Italian restaurant Cepe is much better, and the team obligingly made our pasta dishes in 10 minutes so we could eat and run to a meeting. I have always found service very good, whether being recognized by manager Josephine or helped by the concierge with restaurant bookings, maps and taxis. My only gripe is that I wish there were signage of the hotel's name in Chinese, this would not only help with the taxi driver comments made by others, it is just a polite thing to do. The other option for Financial Street is the Westin, but I have not bothered to check it out, the Ritz-Carlton delivers every time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street is strategically located at Financial District in the city center. Business and leisure travelers have easy access to Chang'an Avenue as well as the renowned Forbidden City and various cultural landmarks. A contemporary design of glass and chrome with Oriental influences, the hotel's 253 guest rooms are well appointed with luxury amenities and technological conveniences. Dining facilities include three signature restaurants, a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and everyday cuisines. A 1,500 square-meter full-scale lifestyle spa with an extensive health club are featured alongside spacious function rooms and a ballroom divisible into three salons. The hotel recently won numerous accolades including "World's Best Hotels 2014" in Travel + Leisure (U.S.A.) , Conde Nast Traveler "Reader's Choice 2014", Top 25 Hotels in Asia, No.1 In Beijing and Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List 2014" - 5 years in a row, one of the top hotels in the world, being included in the prestigious Platinum Circle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Beijing