This hotel has a little bit of the feel of somewhere an elderly relative might stay. Not that old a relative, one who has just retired to Switzerland maybe, and one who knows how they like things and still enjoys a game of tennis. Given that, it was a remarkably good place to stay with the family for a few days. The pool was big and great for the kids. My suggestion would be get to the pool at 4:00 swim for an hour or so then join the 'wine ritual'. I think that is what they called it. Essentially this is free drinks and nibbles and goes on until 7 pm. My kids loved the cheese! The wine was very good too!
The location is great, just outside the second ring, and next to a subway so no problem with transport. But do get a taxi card from reception as the room key does not have the address in Chinese as we found out and even though we speak some Mandarin a lot of the taxi drivers know it by a different name! I did drive upto Sanlitun a Friday night which turned out to take a lot longer than expected due to the traffic. It should not take more than 5 to 10 mins. So easy to get to restaurants and bars in that area. Ritan park is right on the door step, do go there for a walk morning or evening there is always something going on. You can meet the locals and if you want to keep fit you can try out the parallel bars.
What else to say service was excellent, room very nice, and there was even a telly in the bathroom mirror!
Net, a good option for this type of hotel int Beijing, there are lots of other great options too though, see some of my other posts
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- The St. Regis Beijing exemplifies luxury, elegance, and impeccable service and is now relaunched in 2008. Superbly situated in the heart of Beijing's business, shopping and diplomatic districts, it is the hotel of choice for the world's most discerning traveler. Experience uncompromising and incomparable service-hallmark traits of our signature St. Regis Butler Service. Available 24 hours a day, the St. Regis Butler attends to every detail. ... more less
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