Occupying a third of the original Grand Hotel de Pekin complex (with Raffles and the Grand Hotel the other tenants), this venerable hotels retains a modicum of old-world charm, its impressive lobby and enviable location next to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square making up for the rather outmoded decor. Grandees and high rollers have stayed here since it opened around the turn of the 20th century—Nixon was a guest on his historic visit, and China's long-time premier
Zhou Enlai lived and worked in room #1735. The guest rooms, many adorned with classically French touches, are comfortable enough but overdue for a spruce-up.
Feb 2, 2006
Stayed here in the west wing (1955 addition) with a tour group in September 2004. Upon arrival, we discovered that our room safe didn't work and we were upgraded from a standard two double bed room to a larger king room with a separate dressing area. We quickly discovered that the safe in this room also was not secure as it was just sitting on the floor, allowing it to be removed easily. Quickly decided that we'd keep the better room and live without
a safe! The options provided in the large and spacious breakfast area were to die for.... so many choices! Shopping options galore with many small shops offering quality items to match any budget. Wide expansive walkways with high ceilings and marble columns make the lengthy walking distances within this facility a visual treat. Although a vast number of people stay here, I strongly disagree with the poster who equated his experience to a Las Vegas venture. The atmosphere is multi-cultural and far more high end. Security guards stand at all hotel entrances and greet you as you come and go. Located within easy walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, you are in the heart of the tourist mecca.