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Raffles Beijing Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   33 East Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100004, China (Xidan)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 5,119 hotels in Beijing
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“Outstanding Location, Service and Quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My fifth trip to China for business, accompanied by my wife making her first trip. We chose Raffles based on a colleague's recommendation for the Beijing start to what would be a 4-city, six day itinerary. We arrived late; staff rushed to rearrange rooms all booked separately so that Maggie and I would be in the same part of the hotel (the older section--you should try for it) as my colleagues, with whom we'd be traveling on. The Raffles Ambassador, Mr. John Spooner, appeared as we were heading down to breakfast the next morning and provided local advice and support for not only the Beijing portion, but lent me ties for the upcoming business meetings. (Note to self: if you pack more than a day ahead for an important trip--double check everything before departure.)

As it turned out, we had the opportunity to come back to Beijing the night before our return flight, in order to avoid a challenging departure day with multi-hour trains, racing from Beijing South station to airport, etc. I asked Mr. Spooner if if might be possible to book at the last minute; he remarked, "send me an email, even the day of, and we'll take care of you." Business ended at dinner that evening and we took the late flight to the capital. One colleague accompanied us on the whirlwind back to Beijing; two rooms were waiting.

There are a lot of choices of upper-end hotels in Beijing. Raffles is 5 minutes' walk to Tian'Anmen Square, near all kinds of shopping, and the entire environment is one of unhurried elegance. Coupled with unparalleled personal service from the staff, this was a six-star visit. Our team will be making Raffles home base in Beijing from now on.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RafflesBeijingHotel, General Manager at Raffles Beijing Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

First, I would like to express my personal gratitude for the time you have taken to share your thoughts with us on TripAdvisor.

Second, on behalf of my entire team at Raffles Beijing Hotel, I would like to sincerely thank you for staying with us during your business trip.

It is always a great pleasure and extremely rewarding to receive positive and encouraging remarks about our services and facilities such as yours. We are delighted to learn that we exceeded your expectations, that you enjoyed your time with us. It is for sure extremely rewarding being considered your team`s home base in Beijing during future visits.

We will certainly share your report with John and all our colleagues and we are convinced that accolades such as yours will entice them to further improve their services.


Warm regards,

Matthias Al-Amiry
General Manager
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We chose this hotel because it is conveniently located close to the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We stayed 3 nights. The first day we ate at the Japanese restaurant of the hotel and sushi were not extraordinary!
The buffet breakfast was quite varied and fairly standard. The room was comfortable and very spacious. In contrast, the Spa treatments were not good and when we were at the pool at the hotel, we have found that some were still entrenched traditions ... a Mr. spat on the ground leaving the pool and in the jacuzzi .... yuck!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RafflesBeijingHotel, General Manager at Raffles Beijing Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for having chosen Raffles Beijing Hotel as your preferred accommodation in Beijing and we appreciate you having taken the time to share your experience with us on TripAdvisor.

We were delighted to learn that you enjoyed our facilities as well as our personalized services.

On the other hand we were certainly disappointed to learn that you experienced mediocre service at the Spa and pool and that you were disappointed with your dinner at the Japanese restaurant. All these facilities are unfortunately operated by third parties at the auxiliary building and not under our control which should not be an excuse but an apology. We hope these incidents have not spoiled your overall positive experience at Raffles Beijing Hotel.


Warm regards,

Matthias Al-Amiry
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The Raffles is a hotel of a very high standard. All the basics are in place: it is clean, the rooms are large, and the service is absolutely brilliant. What do I mean by this? Well, we mentioned to a 'guest ambassador' that we planned to do some walking in Beijing. Out of nowhere, a walking tour book arrived in our room, with a note telling us to enjoy ourselves and wrap up warm. They have service totally nailed.

We ate here only at breakfast - there are so many other places in Beijing for lunch and dinner. However, the breakfast buffet was superlative. Name a possible breakfast food item (and many things you would never imagine eating for breakfast) and you could bet there would be ten varieties of it. You'll be full until at least lunch, if not dinner.

So why only three stars? Well - I try to compare like with like. In trying to compete with the Ritz-Carltons and Four Seasons of the world, you invite comparisons. And it's in these comparisons that this Raffles falls down. There is something about the vibe of the hotel that I didn't really like. It was massive: the corridors were huge, as in some Vegas 'resort' hotel. Much of the interior was panelled with dark wood. There was a lot of marble. Carpets were thick and dark. Everywhere was just a little bit too cold: especially the massive but frigid pool, and the no-warmer jacuzzi.

Perhaps I just don't get the Chinese design style. That could well be part of it. However, I've stayed at similarly luxury hotels (Mandarin Orientals, Peninsulars, Ritz Carltons) in Asia and they've not had the edge of creepiness I felt here.

You may love this hotel. There really is nothing wrong with it at all (apart from the pool temperature). It has many strong points. But for me, it had the atmosphere of a 1980s stetch limousine: it lost glamour by trying to be so self-conciously opulent.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RafflesBeijingHotel, General Manager at Raffles Beijing Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay with us in Beijing. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed a pleasant and comfortable stay with us and that you arrived safe and sound back home.

On behalf of my entire team I would like to thank you for your comments on TripAdvisor.
Our mission is to completely delight and satisfy our guests. We are committed to making a difference every day; continually getting better to keep us the best. Feedback and comments such as yours are extremely encouraging and push us to continue improving on our products and services.

On the other hand we were disappointed to learn that you personally did not like the interior design of the hotel. Established in the early 1900's, Raffles, with it's iconic French-Orient colonnaded façade, has for nearly a century been the choice of visiting Royalty and diplomats, and travelers with a sense of style and occasion. Our Lobby, hallways, rooms and suites are sumptuous and unique; celebrating the best of Beijing in beautiful style - Classic French-Orient architecture and old world charm, lovingly restored with wood floors, sparkling chandeliers and Oriental rugs. We understand that design is a matter of personal preference and agree with you 100% that some guests will love it and some will not.

Once again, thank you very much for choosing Raffles Beijing Hotel as your preferred accommodation in Beijing.



Warm regards,

Matthias Al-Amiry
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The location of hotel is close to forbidden city and shopping. The rooms are good size and comfortable. The staff treat customers like they are special guests. The morning breakfast is above average while the meal consumed in same restaurant in the evening was poor and service was poor; complained without resolution. Overall my stay was satisfactory and I would return.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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RafflesBeijingHotel, General Manager at Raffles Beijing Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Greetings from Raffles Beijing Hotel!

We are delighted to learn that our services and facilities exceeded your expectations during your stay with. We have noted your positive comments about the breakfast buffet as well as your disappointment during dinner. We will discuss this point with our Executive Chef and will ensure to improve our offerings and service during dinner time. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us on TripAdvisor. Only by candid comments such as yours are we able to identify opportunities to continue to improve on our products and services.


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Matthias Al-Amiry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This hotel is located in the city center, near the Forbidden City. It is beautiful and quiet. Once you enter this hotel, you will leave the dust and noise behind. The room has hardwood floor instead of carpet, spacious separate sitting area, luxurious bathroom. It is a winner all-around.

Room Tip: The restaurants in the hotel are extremely expensive. There are good eateries on nearby Wangfujing...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RafflesBeijingHotel, General Manager at Raffles Beijing Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback following your recent visit to Beijing. We appreciate and value the time you have taken to share your experience with us on TripAdvisor.

We are delighted to learn that you appreciated the central location of the hotel and that your stay as well as our services and facilities here at Raffles Beijing Hotel exceeded your expectations.

Again, thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.


Warm regards,

Matthias Al-Amiry
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The Raffles is located perfectly for a trip to the forbidden city and for shopping in the city center.
The Hotel itself is very clean and has a of charme from his architecture. Staff is very helpful and the morning buffet is one of the best I ever experienced. The price is a bit in the higher range but this hotel is 100% worth it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RafflesBeijingHotel, General Manager at Raffles Beijing Hotel, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

First, we would like to express our personal gratitude for the time you have taken to share your thoughts with us on TripAdvisor.

Second, on behalf of the entire team at Raffles Beijing Hotel, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for you staying with us.

It is always a great pleasure and extremely rewarding to receive positive and encouraging remarks such as yours. We are delighted to learn that we exceeded your expectations and that you enjoyed your time with us.

Once again, thank you!


Warm regards,

Matthias Al-Amiry
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I would definitely recommend this hotel while staying in Beijing. The location is excellent. The staff is friendly and very helpful. If you need anything, there is always someone there who can help you. The rooms are large, well-appointed and clean. When I return, I would enjoy staying at the Raffles Beijing Hotel again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RafflesBeijingHotel, General Manager at Raffles Beijing Hotel, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback following your recent visit to Beijing. We appreciate and value the time you have taken to share your experience with us on TripAdvisor.

We are certainly extremely thrilled to learn that we exceeded your expectations during your stay with us at Raffles Beijing Hotel.

Accolades and sentiments of appreciation such as yours only encourage us to further improve our services and facilities.

Should your travels lead you again to Beijing we would be delighted to welcome you back to the Raffles.


Warm regards,

Matthias Al-Amiry
General Manager
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Additional Information about Raffles Beijing Hotel

Address: 33 East Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100004, China
Location: China > Beijing > Xidan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Beijing
#14 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#16 Business Hotel in Beijing
#17 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
#339 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Raffles Beijing Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reflecting Oriental refinement and French élan, Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises refinement and exclusivity. Established in the early 1900s, this luxury Beijing hotel was then proclaimed as “the only deluxe hotel in the Far East”. A century on, guest rooms and suites draw inspiration from the golden age of travel but are technologically enabled with discretion for 21st century living. Personality Suites pay homage to luminaries from the hotel’s fabled history while Raffles Inc Business Rooms cater to business travellers on the move.Indulge in gastronomic delights at this Beijing hotel. Innovative French cuisine takes centrestage at the elegant Jaan Restaurant which recalls the glamour of the 1920s with glittering chandeliers and its original timber dance floor.The vibrant East 33 meanwhile offers international fare and the popular weekend Seafood Extravaganza.Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel lies in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts, a few minutes from historical attractions such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, the Silk Market, and modern marvels such as the ‘Water Cube’ National Swimming Centre and ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium which captured the world’s imagination during the Summer Olympics of 2008. ... more   less 
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