An absolutely superbly located hotel - in reality, there are many hotels in the same area but what makes this one outstanding is the staff and service.
We don't speak a word of Chinese and were a little apprehensive of getting around Beijing (where the locals dont speak English) or making ourselves understood.
However, the Front Office Manager (Chadi Chemaly), the Concierge (David), the Raffles Ambassador (John Spooner) and every one of the staff went out of their way to make our stay truly memorable, stress free and throughly enjoyable.
John was an absolute Godsend and had a wonderful way of putting us at ease - he was able to give us the guidance and confidence we needed to explore Beijing, safe in the knowledge that if we ran into trouble, the Raffles would be there for us.
Yes, there are issues with the finishing in the hotel but that's China! Finishing is not of great importance in China and we found this at a number of the other hotels we visited whilst we were there.
The room was spacious, thoughtfully laid out (albeit, a bit on the dim side as far as lighting is concerned) and whilst our room was facing the street and we are both light sleepers, we did not have a problem with noise. Highly recommended and a fantastic, elegant hotel with exceptional service.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Raffles Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Raffles Hotel
- Raffles Beijing