I recently stayed here for a few nights on vacation. Had been to Beijing many times for business but wanted to explore a bit. I liked this hotel but would stay elsewhere when I come back to Beijing. The main reason being: the bed. I understand hoteliers in China need to choose - Western style (soft) bed, or Chinese style (much more firm). Unfortunately for us this hotel chose the firm Chinese bed. Other hotels, including the Westin right near by, have beds westerners will find MUCH more comfortable. Both my husband and I were disappointed greatly as we were expecting the beds we have experienced at other Four Seasons. A few other notes about the room: amenities aren't great, they had Etro products (not so good) instead of the usual L'occitane. Otherwise the rooms are comfortable.
Breakfast: Served in the lobby lounge area. This was an ok breakfast though the fruit was not impressive. Also the 煎饼 served at breakfast was far inferior to what you can get served on the street. Breads/pastries were standard along with some basic dim sum, an egg station, and some cheeses.
Location: Not central Beijing, a 10 minute walk from the Liang Ma Qiao subway stop which is convenient to the Summer Palace. Short cab ride to Sanlitun. I did have to push the concierge to give me recommendations for local food; they were a bit reluctant at first but when I asked in Chinese they were more accommodating. One member of the check in staff was excellent, remembered where we were going, always was interested in making sure we enjoyed our stay. I wish I remembered his name! He was helpful in making a dinner reservation for me, and in guiding me to the good dumpling shop near by. Getting a taxi can take a while at this hotel. Not that many go by, and the hotel is set back from the street a bit so often the staff would have to go to the street to hail them. It's also a new hotel and no taxi driver will know where it is and showing them it's a hotel (rather than just an address) confuses them as they aren't familiar with the hotel. You're better off just telling / showing them the address and omitting 四季酒店。
Overall, I was happy with this hotel overall. Just wanted to point out the bed issue to travelers who do not like firm Chinese beds....the beds in the JW Marriott in Beijing are fabulous if you prefer a soft bed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Four Seasons Hotel Beijing enjoys prime location within the Yansha area of Central Business District, close to the Third Embassy Precinct in northeastern Chaoyang, the city's most dynamic business and entertainment area. Enjoying a short commute to both the main airport (25 minutes), popular tourist destinations like the Great Wall (45 minutes), Sanlitun Village Entertainment Hub(8 minutes).Various rooms are equipped with high-speed broadband internet access, Plasma TVs, ipod docks, espresso coffee machines, marble bathrooms and huge bathtubs. Diners can discover fine Chinese cuisine in a dramatically modern setting at our Cantonese restaurant "Cai Yi Xuan", enjoy Southern-Italian food at the Italian-style eatery "Mio" and tradition with a twist at the Tea Garden.Guests can relax and lounge around the indoor heated swimming pool or whirlpool, work out at the fitness center and enjoy themselves at the sauna and steam rooms. ... more less
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