This hotel has everything: great location, superior service, excellent restaurants, exceptional spa and fitness centers, and attention to detail.
The hotel is in the central business district and only 2 blocks from a subway station. I'd recommend using the subway as it is very easy to navigate (signs and announcements are in English) and Beijing taxis are notorious at either ripping you off or not knowing where they're going. Before going out be sure to get a card from the staff that contains a map of the Fairmont hotel. We were out once after the subway had closed and even though we were only a 5 minute drive from the hotel we were refused by several taxis when we showed them our hotel room card. They simply didn't know where the hotel was, even with the address!
My wife and I stayed in a Gold Room Junior Suite which was luxurious, spacious, and well thought out. My wife was delighted with the spaciousness of the walk-in closet and huge bathroom with enormous shower, soaking tub with flatscreen TV, heated floors, double sinks, and a very modern (with button controls) toilet (we never experienced a seat warmer on a toilet before, but it's quite nice!). The room was located on the skybridge of the hotel which afforded great views of downtown Beijing. It was equipped with a divine king sized bed, plush furniture, a large flatscreen TV, a bose ipod/iphone docking station & radio, a desk/work area with computer hookups, an easy to use phone that had a large lcd screen on it, free wired & wireless internet, and A/V connections at the desk to allow display of the computer's screen onto the large flatscreen TV in the room (good for watching movies off your laptop, presentation or conference calls). Although we weren't here for business, we could see that this room was well equipped for the businessperson.
We are big into health and fitness and we were pleasantly surprised at what the Fairmont had to offer. The fitness center was quite large with lots of cardio equipment (each with it's own TV with the ability to watch/listen to your ipod), and ample machines and dumbbells. The locker rooms are very nice, large, and equipped with private showers and a steam room and sauna. We took a look at the pool which was adequate for lap swimming and lounging. Off to the side was a smaller heated pool with jets, padded chairs in the water, and padded beds in the water to enjoy the bubbles. There is also a yoga studio with nightly yoga or pilates classes. We saw that a Tai Chi class was offered as well. My wife took advantage of the spa with a facial treatment and massage and said it was heavenly. Additionally, and much to my pleasant surprise, included in our room packet was a jogging map with routes around the hotel for various lengths and the hotel offered a jogging station at the corner of the hotel to provide you with a towel and water after your run! I've never heard of such thoughtfulness from a hotel! I quite enjoyed the morning 4k runs. Also, the room service menu catered to any dietary restrictions/preferences.
The main perk of Gold rooms is access to the Gold Lounge on the 20th floor. The breakfast is excellent as it has a blend of western and Chinese cuisine. It has eggs made to order, fresh juices, pastries, fruit, muesli, yogurt, cheeses, etc. It lasts until noon so you can sleep in and need not worry about missing out on breakfast. The afternoon tea, happy hour, and late snack are excellent as well. You can get full (and drunk) on the happy hour by itself and have no need to go out for dinner (Although, I highly recommend dinner at The Cut on the 2nd floor - which is a top 10 TripAdvisor restaurant of Beijing). The staff in the Gold Lounge is top notch. After meeting you once, they all remember your name and follow up on previous conversation that you had with them (usually offering great recommendations and advice on things to do or see). They are extremely friendly and versatile as they can take your order for food or drinks and make any arrangements that you need done (booking tours, transportation, etc)
I recommend booking through their website because they are always offering specials - they aren't silly offers either, like buy 10 nights, get the 11th free. At the time of my booking they were offering 3 nights for the price of 2, and free upgrades to Gold rooms (which is what I chose). Additionally, immediately after booking online I was offered to be on a "standby upgrade" status. If an upgraded room was available upon check-in I would be automatically upgraded for only 50% of the normal upgrade fee. I choose which upgraded rooms I wanted to be on standby for, and when I did check in I was bumped up to a Gold Junior Suite at half the normal upgrade cost!
Overall, The Fairmont Beijing is an amazing experience with unparalleled service, amenities, and quality. This will be the only place we will stay when in Beijing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exceptional accommodations and service in an ideal Central Business District (CBD) location await you at Fairmont Beijing, China - voted #1 hotel in China on TripAdvisor in 2012. Stunning architecture and interior design reflects traditional and contemporary Chinese styles. Savor the ultimate dining experiences in our award-winning restaurants, keep fit on the road in our state-of-the-art gym and pool, then relax and indulge in our Willow Stream Spa.Please visit the TripAdvisor homes our hotel restaurants, The Cut and Lunar 8! ... more less
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- Fairmont Beijing Hotel Beijing