The expectation of staying at a Four Seasons is always high and this one exceeded any that we had. When you arrive at the airport, they are there to greet you as soon as you walk off the plane and then escort you through immigration and help with baggage, etc.
It is less than half an hour to the hotel. The staff welcomes you at the car and takes you to the room directly and checks you in there. Was nice to have this after travelling for 16 hours. Our hesitation with choosing a ‘business’hotel is that it may not cater to those travelling with families but this was not the case.
They were all encompassing and welcomed the kids with cookies, candies and other treats when we arrived to the room.
The lobby is ultra-modern where art is showcased done by Chinese artists and then changed every few weeks. The flower arrangements are plentiful and are very unique.
The staff is extremely attentive in all of the food and beverage locations, concierge desk and those that are in the lobby. They address you by name in less than 24 hours of being at the hotel.
Beijing is a city rich in culture and sights to see. The staff was able to help us orient ourselves and suggest things to do (and appropriate times, etc) with our children. Hotel Concierge are very helpful and were able to book flights for a day trip to Xian to visit the Terracotta Warriors - Definitely the number one attraction to see in China. Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are also some of the top attractions. The concierge at the hotel can recommend English speaking and professional guides. We did not enjoy the tour experience of the Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square due to the large crowds - lots of pushing and shoving to see the artefacts.
The Chinese restaurant at the hotel was our favourite, Cai Yi Xuan. The décor is very intricate, and they have many private rooms for dining, even for 4 people. They feature a seasonal menu regularly. During our visit the Hangzhou region was featured - the organic cauliflower with black truffle sauce, the dessert of the trio containing the Green Tea Puff, Pumpkin Bun covered in Sesame seeds and rice ice cream was thoroughly enjoyed by our ten old - he ordered seconds. The beef dumplings, crispy rice with green beans and BBQ pork, and the traditional hot and sour soup was enjoyed by everyone. The wait staff was quite knowledgeable about the menu and could suggest things accordingly. The peking duck was delightful (just remember to order it 1 hour in advance).
The Italian restaurant Mio had really nice antipasta and authentic Italian pizza - the CRUDO pizza was one of the favourites . Breakfast at Opus offers a traditional Chinese breakfast along with the Western fare. The variety is abundant and the food was very fresh. Breakfast pastries and the hamburgers at lunch are especially good
The Executive lounge on the 26th Floor has great views and daily snacks of imported cheeses, chocolate truffles with quality imported wines and cocktails.
The pool and spa offer great views of the city and perfect for relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing. A nice touch during our stay - Daily savoury and sweet treats s are provided in your room at turn down service, along with some local beer and fresh juices.
Overall, it was a great and memorable stay. Thanks to all at the Four Seasons Beijing.
- 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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