After a failed booking at another hotel, we were offered a room at this one. We were immediately impressed by the grand lobby - based on earlier reviews, they must have finished the renovations sometime before we got there. We stayed two nights in a comfortable and quiet room that showed signs of having been renovated. We chose to eat our first dinner at a wonderful Japanese restaurant in the shopping mall across the street. The second dinner was at one of the inside restaurants - good but very over-priced in our opinion. The breakfast buffet was really good, with a large selection of foods but lacking variety from one day to the next.
On the second morning, we decided to make use of the pool which is located in the gym in the conference area next to the hotel. Now, that was a treat! Upon entry, ladies and gents were separately and quietly ushered into well-furnished changing rooms, supplied with towels, gowns and bathing caps, before being led to the large pool. Afterwards, we were led to showers where soaps, shampoos, combs, moisturisers, etc. were available for use; even our feet were toweled dry for us! This is a must if you visit this hotel.
We walked to the subway, not too far away, to get around Beijing. Tianmen Square and the Forbidden City were within 2 stops away. Getting to the airport was also relatively simple, with 2 transfers, the last being the airport fast train.
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