Swissotel Beijing was the five star hotel chosen by our tour group for our eight night stay in Beijing. In my opinion they could not have made a better choice. Everything ran seemlessly and with Swiss perfection. When our group of 38 arrived for checkin, all our rooms were ready and keys handed to us with no delay. Our bags were whisked to our rooms.
We had a large and spacious room on the ninth floor, with every comfort (including a pillow menu!). The beds were rather hard, but in fact very comfortable. The view of this impressive city from our room was wonderful.
Housekeeping kept the room immaculately clean and replenished towels, linen, and bathroom products as we needed. Even slippers were replaced without being requested when they got a bit tatty looking.
Breakfast every morning was superb, with every sort of European and Oriental dish you might wish for. Similarly, the buffet type dinner left absolutely nothing to be desired.
In the evening we regularly met our friends in the Flow Bar for a cocktail or cold beer, welcome after a long hot day's sightseeing. Prices are European, but you'd expect that here. The bar is very comfortable and stylish - I loved the brightly coloured silk cushions. Every night a music group performs here and they are first rate.
There are a couple of shops in the lobby area with very nice souvenirs, reasonably proced jewelry, and fine cigars.
Unique Quality: There's a gorgeous indoor pool on the third floor which, I believe, is unusual for Beijing. There are also a couple of outdoor tennis courts, a gym, and a great spa.
The staff are wonderful, always smiling as they greet you each day. Some of them even made an effort to say "Mornin'" with an Irish accent for our large Irish group.
The location is about as central as you can get, with a subway station right on the doorstep.
Outside the hotel, and right round the corner, there's a good Starbucks with outdoor seating in case you long for something American.
I highly recommend this hotel.
I have stayed here several times and it has never disappointed me as a business hotel and as a location for this purpose.
The first thing I look for when I enter a hotel room on a job related trip is writing and computer space and the hotel's business centre.
In this respect the Swissotel is great, even if the business centre's prices are a bit over the top, with photocopying and printing being very expensive.
Rooms vary a bit in size and convenience, but I have always slept well in good beds here, too, even if jet lag has been haunting me from time to time.
Convenient location for subway and airport access.
Unique Quality: The evening dinner buffet at the hotel lobby area restaurant is excellent, and I have taken delight in seeing noodles being made from raw materials and cooked to order for me.
The breakfast buffet here is also fine, but I'm just not much of a breakfast person... Don't ask for a large cappuchino here, though, they will be coming with a pint of it - seriously!
For very good in-hotel dining, try the eclectic and upmarket Asian Happy Valley restaurant here. Steamed fish is excellent; romantic place, too....
For some souvenir, clothing and antiques shopping there is a good place past the stationary/book shop which you see to the left of the lobby. Further in the corridor is an ATM of Bank of China, very convenient. The postal office/EMS counter in the same area offers its services sourly and reluctantly in my experience, but then it's government...
The lobby bar area could do well without the singing ladies with splits up to the armpits in their new style qipao outfits; Swissotel - why not have two bar areas - one for the music thing and one for quiet after-the-day contemplation?
Directions: 12-14 Yuan by taxi from Wangfujing/ Tienanmen Sq.
Located 15 minutes walk west of the Workers' Stadium on the 2nd Ring Road, north-east of teh Forbidden City.
No 2 Chao Yang Men Bei Da Jie
Very comfortable, located close to the forbidden city and Tinamien square.
Nice rooms, beautiful atrium, great fitness center and swimming pool.
lease note that you have to pay for the breakfast howver - And at RMB158, it is very exhorbitant.
Unique Quality: You can get from here to most of the places comfortably. Located very near the Subway terminal. Very good restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Do not eat in the hotel. Much cheaper and better food available in a wide selection within walking distance.
Beautiful pool and very well equipped fitness center.
I was at the Swiss hote Beijing which was very good.
About 80-100 USD a night pp
Here another icture of the summer palace
Hi All. I'II be going to Beijing sometime in April for a week...first time to Beijing but have been to Hong Kong many times. :-) I am given a choice to stay either at 1) Shang China World or 2) Swissotel Beijing. Which hotel to choose if i like to do shopping? i.e Causeway Bay/Mongkok area type of shopping. Any interesting things to see around the hotel vicinity? Also, where can i find Sogo in Beijing? Far from the hotel? Thanking u all in advance...
If you're referring to the Shangri-la China World Hotel, given your interest in shopping, I'd definitely recommend that over Swissotel, though both are centrally located in the city with easy access to the subway system. China World is actually part of the World Trade Center, which includes two office towers, exhibition center along with a pretty extensive upscale mall. Three subway stops away, going from "Guomao" to "Wangfujing" will bring you to another famous mall, Oriental Plaza that adjoins a famous walking street, "Wangfujing," which most visitors don't want to miss. That is in the same area as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, all walking distance from Wangfujing.
Not far from China World Hotel, you can see the Chinese Acrobatics Show nightly at 7:15pm at the Chaoyang Theater, a 10-minute taxi ride away when there isn't traffic. No need for reservations. Buy a ticket for 100 yuan (about 13 USD). Also,the Pearl Market, known as "Hongqiao Market" is not too far away. Hop a taxi. More than just pearls, you can also enjoy shopping here if you don't mind bargaining. You have to bargain hard if you decide to go here.
As for Sogo, you can also get there by subway. It is a three-minute walk from the "Xuanwumen" subway stop on the circle line, further west and slightly south of where New World Hotel is. Alternatively, hop on a taxi. Maybe a 15-20 minute taxi ride if traffic isn't heavy.
Hope you enjoy your time in Beijing!
China World Hotel locates at the center of the CBD of Beijing, it is also on the first street of Beijing, very nice scene and many places to shopping as mensioned in the other reply. Swissotel is near to the bar street named SanLiTun, locates at the center of embassy area.
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Address: 2 Chao Yang Men Bei Da Jie, Beijing, Beijing, 100027, China