I was greeted at the airport by the hotel car (at my expense, of course) whisked into Beijing and personally escorted to my room by a very attentive staff. The room was exactly as described on the Expedia page: one king, with attached bath. The bat was sumptuous, the towels overlarge and very thick. The room was easily large enough for me, with well-appointed closets and a good desk, especially at the Expedia rate I had paid. I went looking for an English-language newspaper with crossword on the first night and for the duration of my stay, the concierge arranged to have two of them delivered to my door every morning for the duration of the stay. If you choose the western-style breakfast buffet at Jihn in the lower lobby, don't miss the Bread and Butter Pudding, it's as good as my mother used to make.
I hired a hotel car and a tour guide, as I had but one day to myself. I probably could have found the Temple of Heaven by myself, but I would have been lost in the Forbidden City, as I had no time to prepare. We visited a Hu Tong as well as one of Beijing's lakes lined with clubs and bars, and filled with paddle-boats, which I wouldn't have been able to find by myself. The cost of the guide and the car, although by no standard inexpensive, was worth every Mao, as I will likely not be returning to Beijing, at least in this lifetime...
RW from San Francisco
Rising behind Chinese pagoda gates, this 14-story hotel is within the Forbidden City cultural district, adjacent to …More