In this report I discover one of the world’s most comfortable hotels in China’s capital, Beijing. With instant hot water showers, superb food and brilliant staff I really didn’t want to check out.
The word luxury is bandied around a lot these days but at the Rosewood Beijing it is not only appropriate but also not high enough an accolade. From the seamless check-in (in your room if you’re lucky enough to have a suite) to the large public spaces it scores highly on every level.
It’s the little things that count. Newspapers wrapped in a fine Chinese cotton bag outside your room every morning, at breakfast any member of staff seeing that your coffee/tea/orange juice is empty will just get you more. The service is fast, fluent and the whole hotel has that vibe of an exclusive private club that you’re a member of for your stay.
The food is superb with an army of chefs providing six restaurants and a few bars with faultless food and drink. Enjoy authentic Chinese food at the Hot Pot cooked at your table with the finest ingredients. Or a tasting menu of Northern Chinese dishes at the Country Kitchen.
My room was large with one wall made completely made of glass. There were areas for working with a large desk and multi plug outlets, a dressing room with a safe, an eating and relaxing zone with a good-sized table and gigantic TV. Then there’s the bathroom. A bath four times the size of a normal tub, TV screen in the mirror above the sinks (two) a separate shower cubicle that worked with a button. When pressed the water was the right temperature straight away.
If all that enjoyment of the room proved too much then rest on the super king sized bed and watch the Beijing skyline. When it’s time for bed all the lighting and zoned air conditioning can be controlled from your bedside, press another button and the vast window will be masked by remote control blackout blinds. If you just want to chill out then why not take comfort on the chaise longue that stretches along the expanse of the window. Furnished with great art books and cultural reference it would be easy to while away a few hours as you sip on a drink from the private well stocked bar in every room.
It is hard to place exactly what they have right with this hotel except I couldn’t find anything wrong with it so I guess they have got it right on most counts. There is a gym with modern well-maintained equipment, pool, spa etc. I was invited to a party during my stay and they pulled that off with class. A multitude of waiting staff making sure nobody’s glass was even half empty, classic Chinese food (crispy pancakes) prepared in front of you by the chefs (which meant I could customize mine to include chilli)
This is a top-notch hotel that ticks all the boxes of comfort and amenities. It is popular with tourist and business visitors but definitely does not have a corporate feel. The public areas were full of great ‘big’ tasteful art and interesting books, plenty of comfy seating and a member of staff just a whisper away. This was one of my favourite hotels ever, the deal was sealed over my last breakfast which was a faultless combination of East and West disciplines (you have to try their freshly prepared dumplings and spicy pork). I checked out wishing I could stay long, much longer.
I travelled to Beijing with www.finnair.com
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