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Reviewed September 13, 2009

We just can't say enough about the great staff at Park Plaza Wangfujing - this is truly how a hotel should be run. Always a smile, always there to help, from holding the door for you to taking your bags without you asking, to waiting patiently but observantly at the restaurants to be there the moment they sense you are wanting for something. It was truly a pleasure to stay here - especially after our next hotel experience we really missed Park Plaza!

LOCATION - Right across the street from Jinbao Plaza and high end shops, lots of restaurants of all price ranges across the street or just down from it, including Da Dong Duck Restaurant. Two blocks from Wangfujing Street and only a few blocks from the Food Street and Night Market. Subway station right next door. Taxis super cheap - usually about 1 or 2 dollars where ever you want to go, but nice to be able to walk. Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City only a 2-minute taxi away. Great location for tourists - not the best for business, but not bad either because the taxis are so cheap and easy to get.

STAFF - See above. Outstanding, from the restaurants to the bellmen to the housekeepers to the restaurant employees. We always felt so welcome and appreciated.

RESTAURANTS - Overpriced, as one might expect. Menu in the bar is poor. Room service is available but similarly overpriced. Buffet Breakfast is 128Y - about $19.00. Good, but not that good. There is a Starbucks across the street. Oodles is the onsite noodle bar - not great, but cheap eats. Didn't eat at the restaurant for dinner - there are so many other options nearby. Nice lobby bar, cozy, live music at times, expensive drinks but free wi-fi makes it a nice hangout to catch up on work.

NEARBY - There is a Hot Pot restaurant across the street which is fine if you've never tried hot pot before - they help you learn how to do it, which would have been nice if we didn't already know. Also a Cantonese place where you can have their special soup. Da Dong Duck Restaurant across Jinbao, and Quanjude Duck Restaurant only about a 10 minute walk away. Night Market maybe a 15 minute walk. Starbucks across the street, also a Japanese Place that we didn't try. Walk down the street toward Wangfujing and there are plenty of fancy shops and some semi-local restaurants.

ROOMS - We did not upgrade to a suite, just had a regular superior room. It was spotless, very nicely appointed, modern. Turn-down service available. The shower had massive water pressure which was nice. Could have splurged for a flat screen TV I think, but that was ok. View was only across the street to another hotel. Bed was terrible, rock hard and felt springy like a really cheap mattress feels. If the bed was at all comfortable, we would have given the hotel 5-stars, but we really had trouble sleeping well, and my back hurt every morning. Met some people staying at the Hilton nearby, whose beds were apparently very luxurious.

BUSINESS - Free wi-fi in the lobby, Free Ethernet LAN broadband in the room, both awesome. Large desk big enough for 2 computers. Business Center on the second floor - only used it to print once, but that went well. Not in the business district, but taxis are cheap and only takes about 10 minutes.

As long as the quality of the bed isn't important to you, Park Plaza can't be beat at this price range for value for the money, location, and service by the staff.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

We were travelling with our kids (12 and 15), so we wanted a nice, clean and easy place to stay that did not cost an arm and a leg. The Park Plaza Wangfujing seemed to fit the bill.

The hotel location is excellent - in the centre of the luxury district, surrounded by many other hotels that cost at least 3 times as much. The staff were extremely accomodating and all spoke excellent English. Our rooms were a good size and were very clean with all of the ammenities that one could want on a trip. The hotel gave us connecting rooms without us even having to ask. The hotel does not have a swimming pool, but we were doing so many things outside of the hotel (there is so much to see in and around Beijing!) that we were happy to not have the distraction. We didn't fly half way around the world to stay at the hotel and swim!

That being said, we wer.e pretty pooped the first day we arrived & ordered room service. It was really good and not expensive at all.

When we had adjusted to the time difference, we found that the major tourist attractions are about a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute walk and 5 minute subway ride away (Tien an men square and Forbidden City). These sites are really close in Beijing terms - there are some hotels right next to them (like Raffles for instance) but their prices again are about 3 times that of the Park Plaza. The walk was really nice & we visited some huatangs that we might never have seen if we'd been right there.

We booked air tickets from Beijing to Hong Kong for the following week and the concierge staff did this for us very quickly and easily - no fuss and a much better price than we'd have gotten if we'd booked them at home.

Taxis are tough to get in Beijing at times, but our hotel was always able to find a clean and friendly driver for us if we needed it.

We had snacks one day out in the "Beer Garden" (yes, it is called that) and enjoyed 2 for one drinks and free hors d'ouevres, along with fresh soy bean snacks. Really nice. And inexpensive again.

The Plaza Hotel Wangfujing is a nice mix of traditional Chinese service and style, mixed with some good North American & European touches. They've done it right & I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2009

Have stayed in many hotels across Beijing over the years and this has been an excellent experience to date. I think the service has been outstanding.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

This hotel had an excellent location, the rooms were amazing (so big and luxurious), and the value for money was the best I have encountered.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

Had "deluxe" room on floor 10. Lovely room, no problems, good location. UK plugs in room at desk and next to bed. Staff always helpful, cheerful, pleasant and courteous. Free internet by RJ45 cable - more secure than wireless. No shaver socket in bathroom, which is odd, so take an adapter for that.
A little tricky to find, which may trouble your taxi driver, as the hotel is slightly tucked away behind another hotel, The Regent, so try asking for that, or Dengshikou subway station - Park Plaza is right next to the north exit. It is also right by the Ferrari and Lamborghini dealerships, so one of those ways will locate it.
Use the subway - easy and great value.
No ATM in the hotel, but there are many in the Jinbao Tower just across the entrance courtyard.
Some local restaurants:
* Da Dong, floor 5 of the shopping mall containing the Gucci store, across the road from the hotel - very high class looking, but with some reasonable priced dishes, including roast duck. Very nice. Highly recommended.
* Sunshine Kitchen, just along the small road that leads to the front of the hotel - very nice food at a modest price. Has several large TVs and they changed the channel on the nearest one to us on request so we could watch the F1 Grand Prix.
* Casa, also just along the small road that leads to the front of the hotel - more very nice food at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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