Raffles Beijing Hotel

33 Dongchang'an Jie, off Wangfujing Dajie, Beijing, Beijing, 100004, China

Raffles is an iconic brand in Asia, and this property doesn't disappoint; in 2006, Singaporean designer Grace Soh restored half of what was the Beijing Hotel into its former glory (crystal chandeliers in the lobby; a broad white staircase enveloped in a royal-blue carpet) while retaining its history—service is excellent, and the location, for tourism purposes, is flawless. Nine "personality suites" are named after notable past guests; the Henri Cartier-Bresson Suite has a grand four-poster bed and chic patterned wallpaper, plus views toward Tiananmen Square. The hotel comprises two blocks: B houses the original lobby and historic guest rooms, while E is a newer addition aimed at business travelers. For dining, choose between classic French or international, while the Writer's Bar is replete with large leather armchairs and a polished wooden dance floor dating back to the 1920s.

PROS

  • within easy walking distance of the Forbidden City
  • nifty location for sightseeing
  • switched-on staff
  • spacious rooms

CONS

  • pricey restaurants
  • not in the right part of town for business travelers
  • occasional problems with the pool

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 010-6526–3388

HOTEL DETAILS

171 rooms, 24 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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