Need to know
282, including 51 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $232.20 (CNY1,573), excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (CNY290 a person), but include free entry to Sense spa.
It’s worth spending extra for entry to the Manor Club (CNY850 a night, for each guest), this refined lounging space with a snooker table keeps guests remarkably well fed; breakfast with a live cooking station, afternoon tea and evening cocktails are included free. Take a little self-guided art tour; admire Zheng Lu’s calligraphic pieces, Jiang Shanchun’s portraits and Irish artist Denis Brown’s Chinese poetry-inspired work.
At the hotel
Spa and gym, yoga studio, nightclub, members’ club lounge and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: 50” LCD Smart TV and on-demand movies, Bluray player, Bluetooth music station and Samsung soundbar speakers, control panel for the lighting, air-conditioning and drapes, Nespresso coffee machine, selection of books, minibar and bespoke Lorenzo Villoresi bath products.
Our favourite rooms
It’s rare to have such a spacious room and a furnished balcony – big enough for alfresco drinks – in Beijing, so the Spa Suites are the most desireable. Each has a private entrance to the spa area (so if you’re even slightly famous, you’ll go undetected), but if that’s not exclusive enough, each bedroom has a massage table. Bathrooms feel indulgent too: tubs are big enough for a couple to stretch their legs in, and showers emit fragrant steam as you scrub. If that’s beyond your budget, book a Premier room, which has unobscured views of the iconic CCTV Headquarters.
The huge emerald-hued pool – for adults only – is lined in glittering gold tiles. A glass roof lets in the sunshine, and abundantly leafy sides add a tropical air. Rows of cushioned loungers keep guests comfy, and after dark there’s an ambient green glow and a chilled inner-city ambience. There’s a petite child-friendly pool, too
Sense spa has six treatment rooms and five dedicated Spa Suites for overnight stays, all with city-view balconies to relax on. Guests enter over a footbridge above a candle-dotted pool; there’s a steam room and sauna. Spa journeys combine massages, masks and body wraps; masseurs ease your muscles with saffron and flecks of gold; and Ban Ya Ka La facials call on traditional Chinese practices. Specialised treatments are offered for gents, mums-to-be and teens, too. Gym bunnies can hit the fitness room for a work-out – the treadmills have motivational city views – or stretch in the yoga studio.
Layer your best labels in your suitcase; the ultra-rich play and stay here, and many carry handbags with the same price tag as a sports car.
The hotel’s fully wheelchair-accessible, and some rooms are adapted for guests with mobility issues.
Well-behaved pooches and kitties under 20 kilogrammes are welcome, and beds, bowls and toys are free. Upgrade their stay with the Pamper Your Pet package (CNY2,800 a night), which includes a grooming treatment, dog-walking service and gourmet meal. See more pet-friendly hotels in Beijing.
The hotel’s best suited to teenage Smiths. Deluxe and Premier Rooms and Manor Suites interconnect, teen treatments are available in the spa, and Red Bowl and Country Kitchen are relaxed for family meals. For smalls, there are tricycles (for under-4s).
Tweens and teens.
Deluxe and Premier Rooms interconnect with Manor Suites to form private apartment-style stays.
For smalls, there are tricycles, arts and crafts supplies and board games. Enrol your juniors (aged 2–4) in a free pastry-decorating class held in Bistrot B on Sundays, or book swimming lessons. Older kids can borrow a gaming console and take a teen-tailored treatment in the spa. Beyond the hotel, the Chaoyang Theatre’s acrobats’ antics will entertain.
Close to the main pool, there’s a smaller, heated family-friendly pool; there’s no lifeguard so you may need to act as look-out.
The more casual Country Kitchen and Red Bowl are best suited to family meals.
Babysitters can be booked for CNY150 an hour. This must be booked a day in advance. Guests should pay the sitter in cash, and after midnight, a taxi fare of CNY100 will be added to the booking.
No need to pack
If you arrive with a baby in tow, formula, baby wipes and purées can be acquired by the helpful staff.
Sweet-tooths will thrill at the teetering ice-cream sundaes, pancakes, macarons, moon cakes and other treats on offer.