As this was my first trip to Beijing and I was a bit concerned about all the pollution and traffic the city stands for, I was looking for a more relaxed location.
The Grace Beijing is situated in the 798 Art district, a hip quarter with over 100 art galleries where one can walk around without being worried about approaching cars.
I arrived early in the morning and was able to check-in my deluxe room. The room was very stylish decorated with a great attention to details. I had a bowl of strawberries and a letter from the manager welcoming me to the hotel. WiFi was offered free of charge!
The bathroom was spacious and I really liked the amenities used. The bed, I tell you, was fantastic so comfortable and lots of pillows to chose from, I even asked the hotel fro the brand of the mattress as I really would like to have the same at home. The rooms were cleaned everyday as well as a nice turndown service.
They had one restaurant which was called Yi House and the food was amazing. Breakfast was always a highlight with a wide selection of fresh juices and classics like an egg Benedict. The chef was from Switzerland and offered a wide selection of international food that changed every day.
One of my big concerns was the communication with the Chinese, however I have to admit that everyone at the hotel made the most effort and were so friendly and helpful. They told me to call the hotel whenever I had any problem with communication and they would do that for me. I always had my taxis arranged by them and they would explain all to the drivers. This was a real plus as I think I would have gone lost in Beijing as the Taxi drivers don't speak any English.
At the end of my stay I had a last great experience, there was the Mercedes Benz Fashion show in and around the hotel which was a great experience to see some important Asian fashion experts and models.
If I ever come back I would stay again at Grace Beijing, even it is 15 min drive sometimes to Sanlitun area but you have your peace and the chance to buy some souvenirs other than any piracy products. Additional in summer, they will have their garden restaurant open, which gives you an impression of being anywhere else but in polluted Beijing. Positive was as well that it took me only 15 min as well to the airport.
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- First Art Hotel in Beijing, first Hotel in 798 Art District ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grace Beijing Hotel Beijing