I had a short business trip scheduled for Beijing and my hosts got me a room here. The location is pretty good, the hotel is deluxe and very well suited for a business traveler. And most of all, the staff is very patient and helpful for visitors like me who know no Chinese.
Room. My host arranged for me to stay in the Executive wing; it had premium quality rooms and access to the executive lounge. My room was large, with a king sized bed, large desk/work area, a more than generous sized sofa and coffee table sitting area, and a deluxe master bathroom with a fancy combined rain-style shower with separate bathtub. The mini bar was nicely stocked; the flatscreen TV had a bunch of AUX inputs (to watch your own movies), the included WIFI and wired internet worked well (though not with my company's VPN), and environmental controls worked well.
Extras. The lounge was really nice; it was on a separate floor. It included a very large dining room style sitting area with lots of tables for four, a few two-tops and a bar area. The morning breakfast was good with a mix of chinese and western-style foods. The dinner time services was really a tea-time menu with a choice of a couple of soups, rice, cheeses and bread, and small sandwiches; not a full meal, but for two nights this was all I needed for dinner.
Nearby. One morning I walked to the train station. It was a fine walk, but the sidewalks were busy with people queuing up to catch their bus to work and arrival/departure traffic around the train station. Lots of hub-bub, but a good way to get the buzz of the neighborhood around the hotel.
Tian'anmen Square. The hotel is located in the city center; Tian'anmen Square is about 3 miles away. The hotel is right next to the Beijing Railway station, one stoplight south of the major east-west road Chang'an Ave/Xichang'an Jie (the street runs along the northern edge of the square). During rush hour Chang'an Ave is very congested. Any driving you are doing at this time will be slow -- consider taking the subway.
Note: the square is gated, you need to go through one of the check points along the perimeter; when you type in Tian'anmen Square into Google Maps, the pin points you to the entrance I went through. They run packages through a screening device. Cameras were no problem.
My schedule was so busy with meetings that the only time I had to do sight seeing was after our last meeting the late afternoon before I went home. My host, who had to leave, left me with his driver, and he took me to Tian'anmen Square. He couldn't park very close so he found a spot for the car three blocks east right next to the architecturally beautiful National Centre for the Performing Arts, he let me out of the car and pointed me in the right direction.
I walked solo to the square, getting there just in time to see the very popular sunset flag lowering ceremony. There were a couple thousand people there, just for this event. This was a great place for photos.
I finished walking around and made my way back to the car. My driver was pleased to see I made it back in just under the pre-arranged 60 minute stop. From there, we got onto Chang'an avenue. It was rush hour and it was at least a 45 minute drive back to the hotel. By my 3rd day, I wasn't bothered by the traffic.
Every activity of my visit included driving on Beijing congested roads; I got used to it, and if you are visiting, plan time sitting in a car, or riding the subway. If you are visiting Beijing on business and happen to be close by and you are only going to do one thing, I highly recommend getting over to Tian'anmen Square. I was glad it did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning landmark Beijing hotel is adjacent to the remaining ancient Ming Dynasty City Wall, a five-minute drive to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Silk Market, and a 5-minute walk to Jianguomen Subway Station. Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall is home to 348 elegantly decorated rooms and suites featuring Marriott's trademark "Revive" bedding and connectivity to plug and play iPods and other personal devices. The meeting space comprises of 2,300 square meters, including a pillar-less ballroom that is interchangeable to suit your needs. Wireless high-speed Internet is accessible in all public areas and meeting rooms. Aside from the preferable accommodation and meeting facilities, we offer a distinctive selection of restaurants and bars. Our various facilities and services include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a half-Olympic-size indoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour room service, Gold Key Concierge service and a stay to remember. ... more less
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