My first stay in a Raffles hotel. Walked in the door and was greeted by our ambassador John Spooner who got us checked in and situated. Was very helpful in suggesting a walking itinerary to take in some sights, a dinner reservation, and departure plans (incl. a late checkout).
The room was what you would expect for a hotel in this price range in BJ - clean and comfortable. Hotel is 5 minute walk to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, so very centrally located.
I never thought I'd say a $45 breakfast was a good deal but I'd opt for it again - what a selection! From fresh cheeses to omelets to dumplings to cereals to individually mixed yoghurts. For foodies like me this was a real treat.