I just completed two short stays here. Booked cheapest room, was upgraded to king executive room (not suite) both times, with access to the executive lounge (am HH gold). My first stay was upon arrival in BJ – from the AA flight that gets in at midnight. As outlined in an earlier post, I was concerned with regards to securing a room. I had e-mailed the hotel a couple of days before my arrival, and they confirmed that a room (upgraded) would be made available. Check-in was friendly and seamless, and I went up to my room -- noone offered to take my luggage, which was fine by me.
The room is fairly large – the design is v. modern in feel – the bathroom is ‘open plan’, with two small separate cubicles for the toilet and shower, with separate bath in the open area. A small touch, but I particularly liked the silk curtains. There is an extensive minibar which I did not use, an iron/board hidden in a nifty secret cabinet, and plenty of space for luggage and clothes. Both rooms I stayed in had printers – but in the second, there was no usb cable for me to attach it to my computer. It’s possible that there was bluetooth or wireless connectivity, but since all buttons were in Chinese characters, and random pressing of buttons didn’t do anything, I’m not sure. There is wired, but no wireless in the rooms (except in my first room, I was directly beneath the lounge, so could use their wireless signal). This is a major flaw in an otherwise v. well designed room, since one can’t, e.g. use one’s laptop in bed. There is a largeish flatscreen tv (and one for the bath aswell), lots of Chinese and a few English tv channels, and a dvd library one can borrow from at the front desk. On my second stay, the room also had a welcome gift of macaroons, chocolates and a small vase with two lilies – a nice touch. The view from either room was v. nondescript. The shower is amazing – v. powerful double shower head, and the option of ‘rainfall’ from the ceiling – although no way I could figure to have both at the same time. Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, or rather mundane. The toilet paper is awful. I thought it was possibly a China thing -- but a stay at a one star hotel on the same trip had better offerings. It just made the management look cheap in an otherwise upscale hotel.
I checked out the pool area, but didn’t use it. It is on the 6th floor next to the spa – indoors, but with glass walls and roof, and looked v. nice. The lounge is a reasonable size. The complementary breakfast is here. This was fairly substantial, with both western and Chinese offerings, although the food selection did not seem to vary. I don’t drink, so I didn’t check out the booze selection. One evening I managed to check out the ‘cocktail hour’ – which involved various small bites/plates. It was rather cute, if not terribly substantial. The lounge is open 06:00 to 23:00, but e.g. because I was checking out v. early to catch my flight on my last stay, they arranged a ‘breakfast box’ to take with me to eat from in the taxi, which I very much appreciated. The staff are v. friendly – in the lounge and throughout the hotel. However, there is the issue of ‘face’. I asked the concierge on my first morning a rather difficult task – to book a table (for one) at Da Dong for that evening. He informed me that they are difficult to get into, but said that he should be able get a table for 18:30. I went down to the lobby at 17:50 to enquire about directions etc (having been out most of the day) – a different concierge was there. He could find no sign of the reservation or attempt at making one, and the only table available was in 10 minutes (which I took – review in China section). The original concierge showed up, and eventually explained that had not been able to secure a table for the time he had suggested – I didn’t mind that at all. I minded that no message was left for me to that effect. It was as if it was easier to pretend that the original interaction had never happened than to admit failure.
The location is v. convenient – it is slap bang in middle of Dongcheng, but then again, so are many, many other hotels. One can walk easily to the Forbidden city etc., and there are two subway stations each within a 10 minute walk.
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay here. The hotel has a very nice vibe, and the staff were v. friendly. It is not cheap by Beijing standards, but by international standards for world class cities the rates are reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Beijing Wangfujing sets the standard for modern comfort. Located on famous Wangfujing Street, the hotel is within an easy walk to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square. This intimate, lifestyle hotel features 255 guestrooms and suites with highly sophisticated in-room entertainment. The Hilton Beijing Wangfujing specializes in pairing ideal meeting venues with impeccable service. Gourmet palates will relish the fine range of restaurants and lounges offering an eclectic choice of contemporary cuisine and cocktails in chic surroundings. Escape to the peaceful, rejuvenating solitude of the spa. Combining traditional Chinese hospitality with warm and personalized service and an intimate lifestyle ambience, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing is worth discovering. ... more less
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