The Regent Beijing

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Address: 99, Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4

Reliable luxury hotel in a glitzy, central location.

If you can tear your eyes away from the Legendale Hotel opposite (the one that looks like a ghastly rococo Christmas cake) you might spot The Regent. Occupying a choice perch on the corner of Jinbao Street (Beijing’s Park Lane), it’s nicer inside than out, with a huge, airy lobby, decent-sized rooms with big beds and bath tubs, and great leisure facilities.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4.1
90%
Leisure facilities
4.3
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

Great big pool with lots of natural light, and a fab gym and aerobics studio. Spa treatments also available.

Service

Generally polished, but other luxury hotels have the edge in friendliness and competency.

Who stays there

Chinese business travellers, officials, overseas tourists.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Large, well-appointed rooms
  • Prestigious location close to the centre
  • Not much in the way of nightlife nearby
  • A bit businesslike
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