Close to the Forbidden City and Wangfujing, it’s a good location for high-end travellers new to the city. Big spenders can have a field day– the lobby even connects to a Bentley showroom (but check your airline weight allowance before you splash out). For foodies, the area isn’t short on high-end Chinese eateries, like Dadong for roast duck and Lei Garden for Cantonese. Nightlife is lacking, though. Dengshikou subway station (Line 5) is just around the corner.
Standard rooms are quite luxurious if a little businesslike; with dark wood fixtures, muted colours and a giant bed. I liked the welcome fruit, fresh lilies and snazzy purple armchair – less keen on the bathroom toiletries and confusing room numbering system.
The cavernous, all-marble lobby is dotted with handsome feng-shui inspired water features and sandalwood antiques in glass cases. And thanks to the 20m tall windows looking out onto a crescent-shaped garden, it’s probably the brightest in town.
Eating and drinking
Dacappo, with its open kitchen and lovely polished wood floors, is one of the better fine-dining Italian restaurants in the city. Café 99 does a decent buffet breakfast, and Li Jing Xian, the standard Cantonese offering, is remarkable for its private room enclosed by an ornately carved sandalwood frame. During spring and summer, the hotel sets up a beer garden and barbecue in the lobby garden.
Great big pool with lots of natural light, and a fab gym and aerobics studio. Spa treatments also available.
Generally polished, but other luxury hotels have the edge in friendliness and competency.
Who stays there
Chinese business travellers, officials, overseas tourists.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Large, well-appointed rooms
- Prestigious location close to the centre
- Not much in the way of nightlife nearby
- A bit businesslike