Just finished our stay at the Raffles Hotel in Beijing. Rooms are spacious and our room had a great lounge room that we could relax in. Bathrooms were spacious and had a great shower! I do believe that the rooms need an upgrade. In our room 7719 in the bedroom there were floor repairs that needed attention. Instead of fixing up the floor areas they had masked the repairs with thick foil and a rug over the top of the areas. Not the standard that I was expecting for the Raffles. Wifi worked well in lobby but was inconsistent in the room. John Spooner was insightful in giving us a lesson on how to use the subway and maximise our time in Beijing, however the hotel map of the city is out dated and street names need to be added to the new edition (which I believe should happen sooner rather than later as tourists do rely on their hotel to provide up-to-date city maps!!). Recommend to have a drink/meal at The Writers Bar in the hotel, pricey but well worth it! Overall a great experience. On a side note the hotel is well positioned - definitely check out the night markets which are around the corner, walking distance. Also well positioned for the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square by taxi. (taxis are cheap - but ask for them to always put the metre on). We did tours of the Summer Palace, forbidden city, great wall and tinananmen square through Destination Asia - it was great to have the private driver however we were a little disappointed with the guide as her English wasn't great which meant we couldn't learn as much as we would have liked to at each tourist sight. Also she kept reminding us of how safe our driver was implying that they were expecting us to tip the driver which was annoying as we were told after we had tipped that we're not supposed to. Make sure you also check out Temple of Heaven, Behai Park and the Hou Hai areas. We managed to find all places by subway. Took us all day but well worth exploring alone and having a small adventure on the subway system!
- 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