More about St. Regis Beijing Hotel
My first choice in Beijing is...
My first choice in Beijing is without doubt the St. Regis (pictured). If you are looking for something cheaper or newer or next to the main shopping areas, try the Grand Hyatt Beijing at Oriental Plaza.
If you are visiting Shanghai, stay at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai for a unique experience (make sure you stay at the executive floors at the top levels of the Jin Mao Building, the talleset building in China). For a taste of the old Shanghai, try the Peace Hotel.
For Nanjing, the Shangri-La Dingshan is my first choice- the latest luxurious hotel in Nanjing, rooms with balconies with nice views of the Yangtze river.
If you are going to Suzhou, the one and only choice is the Sheraton Suzhou Hotel and Towers. The hotel has a very ancient Chinese look about it and you will probably agree that it looks more like a tourist attraction than a hotel.
The St. Regis Beijing- US 220 (Statesman Suite)
Grand Hyatt Beijing- US 110 (Corner King Room)
Grand Hyatt Shanghai- US 250 (Executive Floor)
Peace Hotel- US 100 (Deluxe Room in North Tower)
Shangri-La Dingshan Nanjing- US 100 (Deluxe Room)
Sheraton Suzhou Hotel and Towers- US 120 (Executive Room) The St. Regis Beijing- excellent service with personal butlers, a serene and elegant atmosphere, excellent decor and luxurious bathroom.
Grand Hyatt Beijing- good service and close to shopping and the Imperial Palace.
Grand Hyatt Shanghai- the view says it all. Ultra high-tech room and a swimming pool on the 50+floor, executive lounge at 85/F, what more can you ask for?
Peace Hotel- a very local Shanghai feel about it.
Shangri-La Dingshan Nanjing- excellent service, comfortable bedroom and luxurious bathroom.
Sheraton Suzhou Hotel and Towers- a resort feel around the hotel. You will probably take a lot of picture of the architecture of the hotel.
Great service, less value
Service was superb during our 6-day stay at the St. Regis, the concierge even offering to send a bellman to an all-night pharmacy to get some medication for one of us with the "Beijing cough". The spread for our included breakfast was magnificent, and included surely more than 100 items (although this is mainly for the eyes of those of us who limit breakfast food to the mundane). The rooms were large and well furnished, as befits a hotel in this price range, but the overall value causes us to lower our rating a bit. Internet access was way overpriced, but we would consider any significant charge for such service excessive at $400 a night for the room. The dining on the main floor was likewise exorbitant in relation to prices outside. Dinner for $30-40 seems reasonable in the States, but when you can have a magnificent 8-dish meal for $2 or $3 in a local restaurant, the ambiance at St. Regis is costly. Having said that, this is a great hotel to which we would probably return.
A warning to first time visitors to China: you will not believe the amount of pollution in the eastern third of the country. During our 22-day stay, visibility of one mile was unusual through the smog, and on 5 separate flights, we could never see the ground from the air after leaving the airports. On most days you could look directly at the sun at 10 in the morning, and you can forget seeing the stars at night. We suggest a trip in 2008 during the Olympic Games, during which we suspect the government will shut down all the polluting factories and power plants to impress the rest of the world.
Beijing or bust
Just returned from 4 night stay at the St Regis
Overall, I would give the hotel a 3.5 star rating, out of 5.
I thought our room was great as far as size goes, and the bathroom had large shower and soaker tub. Moreover, we always felt we were in a luxurious surroundings while at the hotel
As for the butler service, we called the night we arrived to have some ironing done but had to call repeatedly before someone came to our room. I suspect that this service is shared with other rooms.
The downside of the hotel is the food - one restaurant, Danieli, is voted one of the best Italian restaurants in Beijing and I thought the food was not bad, for Beijing but pricey. The other food that was served, either at the buffet or in room service was pretty lousy -
The gym is quite large but feels very retro, with 70s style cycles and elliptical machines.
We stayed in a suite (check the special offers they may have on their website) with breakfast buffet included. The room was lovely and well equipped. The fitness center is state of the art. The butler service sounds more impressive than it is -- do I really need someone to draw my bath? But service with or without butler is excellent.
There is absolutely nothing within walking distance of the hotel except the Friendship Store and the obligatory Starbucks and Haagen Dazs (two within walking distance of every five-star hotel we stayed in in China), but that is typical of most hotels in Beijing, which is spread out and not much of a walking city. (The Pennisula is one exception.)
The Beijing St. Regis is not a memorable hotel, but it is a lovely place to stay in Beijing.
You know what you get
I stayed there for 4 days and i would say that the staff are very friendly and that the service is as good as it can get in China today. The bar at the entrance is lovely and so is the live asian music they play. Although its a really classic hotel and with mainly older guests i really had a good experience but next time in Beijing i will try something more "fresh" with younger people.
great rest after a long flight,this is THE hotel
Travel agent got a great deal, included airport pick up, a massage, massive buffet breakfast. After the long flight from the US it was great to have someone meet you at the airport. Love the hotel atmosphere, not stuffy, looks very galmourous website. Jeans were o.k.! Most people were touring like us, dressed casually. Hotel desk arranged for day trips, reasonable and good guides. Plenty to see and do in the area. Don't think its too far out. Spa and pool are worth the trip down the hallway, hotel staff very nice at 3:am when I was hungry. Would go there again and highly recommend this hotel. No faults.
both the location and the service can't be beat
After traveling throughout China for some time we wanted a comfortable, tranquil place for our final six days in Beijing -- and the St. Regis was perfect! The location is wonderful, close to Tien'anmen, but not smothered by the institutional dullness that surrounds the Square, central to other sites, and directly on the subway line. I understand the hotel is closing soon for renovations prior to next summer's Olympics and it can only get better. Service, staff, etc. were all first class -- eg. the excellent doorman saved us more than $50 by renegotiating the rate we'd arranged for a car and driver for a day. The only minor drawback was the absurd cost of laundry, the mini bar, and in-hotel dining (not unlike five-star hotels everywhere). Fortunately there are better options just outside the door. The hotel is located very close to many embassies and directly across the street is a small street filled with restaurants that cater to diplomats and ex-pats: an American diner, and Italian restaurant, etc. A number of these are surprisingly good. There's also a 7-11 and a Starbucks across the street, and an excellent massage parlour just a block south -- real massage, no funny business. I went the day after our five-hour trek along the Great Wall at Simatai/Badaling, and it completely rejuvenated me! The only hotel restaurant we ate in was the Celestial Court (the Chinese Restaurant) and the Peking Duck was wonderful, although the restaurant was surprisingly empty and quiet. The Silk Market is a five minute walk, and if you're looking for quiet respite step into Ritan Park just a block from the hotel's front door. It's like stepping into a 15th century Chinese watercolour! I cannot imagine a better location in Beijing. Unless the Starwood folks raise the rates to absurd levels after the Olympics I will definitely stay there again when in Beijing.
This was an expenses paid business trip, and it was a delight to stay at this wonderful hotel. The butler brought fruit daily, changed towels and made the room several times throughout the day, and the location is convenient for one of the Embassy districts. Subway is walkable down the street.