I booked a stay at the Swissotel after scoring a very competitive rate after doing extensive research on TripAdvisor. The hotel is elegant, classy and sufficient but it is starting to show its age and needs a major overhaul. Here are the pluses and minuses:
Pluses: good location, nice bars and restaurants (although expensive and the Japanese restaurant is a rip off price-wise, and totally empty at all hours). the exec floor is a nice space and a cozy area to hold meetings. Service is good and the hotel is geared towards westerners. Across the street are multiple restaurants, a Starbucks, a metro station,etc.. good location accessible to many areas in Beijing.
Minuses: furniture and decor is dated and showing signs of wear and tear, the gym needs an overhaul and in general the whole place is a bit tired. The biggest drawback is the HVAC system. I was there in the Spring and the hotel and rooms are unacceptably HOT and uncomfortable, depending on the season you may be uncomfortable and miserable. During my stay there was a hot spell in Beijing and my room was an oven and the individual heat/air unit did nothing to cool off -- the staff gave me a fan but when you stay at a hotel of this calibre one expects a better HVAC system.
my advice in any Beijing hotel is to find something new (there are many) -- unless you can score a great rate you may find better options but again my stay was in general pleasant but expect the hotel to be old and dated. If I returned to Beijing I would seek other options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- European style and warm Asian hospitality characterize this charming downtown hotel. You will love the personalized service, fine dining created by chefs from all over the world, efficient business support and those extra touches for which Swissôtels are renowned. Truly international staff and clientele, located in the commercial and diplomatic district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swissotel Beijing Hotel Beijing
- Swissotel Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Swissotel Hotel