We stayed two nights at the Aman at Summer Palace and we thouroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel representative met us at the airport and we had a nice drive to the hotel. We arrived late and we were quickly checked in and taken to our room. The hotel is beautifully designed and we had a nice room tucked in a courtyard. The bed was extremely comfortable and the shower was fantastic. My only complaint would be the slightly moldy smell in our bedroom (it had been raining quite a bit before we arrived) and the uncomfortable sofa that was the centerpiece of the room.
We had excellent service and the staff was extremely cordial. We had dinner at the Japanese fusion restaurant and enjoyed our meal. It was only a tasting menu and it would have been nice to have the option to order separate items. The setting is romantic beside the pool and the restaurant service was excellent. We also had a nice lunch at the Chinese restaurant and breakfast at the Grill.
The spa is serene and housed in the basement. I liked the dark, quiet feel and the massage was excellent. We slipped into the movie theater after the massage and enjoyed the end of a movie in silence as the only guests in the theater.
On the day of our departure our flight was delayed and we attempted to book another flight back to the US. The front desk staff was very helpful and polite and went out of their way to help us.
The hotel was perfect for us after an exhausting trip to Mongolia.We had already been to central Beijing and the Forbidden City so we enjoyed being outside of town. I would not recommend staying here if you planned to spend a lot of time touring central Beijing-- traffic is tough and the 30 minutes can quickly turn into over an hour in traffic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace - the ideal location from which to discover Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, the resort is only 15km from the Forbidden City. A serene retreat, the property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and the hutongs, as well as Beijing's restaurants, art galleries and other contemporary delights. ... more less
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