This was my first visit to Beijing. Hotel is very central - easy to get a cab and can also walk to the metro if you want a taste of local life. Lobby is indeed gorgeous, room was in good condition and very comfortable, everything worked. Room service menu just OK quality (goes for both Asian and European dishes). They messed up my order one day and I decided to try going downstairs to the food court in the huge underground shopping mall. I was happier eating in the food court (especially as I could see the dish before choosing) and various restaurants in the mall with the locals than at the hotel. Caution that its very easy to get lost in the mall. The mall has a good English-language bookstore with a wide selection.
Was there in January (cold) when smog/coal fumes covered the city. So I tried the National Museum (opposite Tiananmen square) which is one of the best I have ever been to - including Louvre, Hermitage, Met. I was the only non-Chinese in there I think. Its huge - apparently the world's largest. The "Ancient China" section is the key attraction, it would take days to see it all. The hall across the entrance with contemporary Chinese painting is fascinating. Has a large gift shop area with translated (non-Western) books on Chinese history and the best gifts to bring back from Beijing. Not to be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically located in the heart of Beijing's diplomatic and central business district, China World Hotel, Beijing is a major component of the China World Trade Center complex, which includes two other Shangri-La hotels, two 38-storey office towers, two international residential apartment buildings, an array of restaurants and a highly prestigious shopping mall. Evoking the grandeur of Imperial China, China World Hotel, Beijing's lobby is welcoming and memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri La Beijing
- China World Beijing
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