I have stayed at the China World Hotel on a number of occasions, and it is generally a wonderful experience. Right in the center of Beijing, walking distance to a number of things, and easy to get around. Metro in the basement, and if you are looking to shop Kenzo, Todds, Louis Vuotton, etc. this is the place to be. If you are looking to buy fake t-shirts, it is just down the road from the famous Silk Market.
The hotel has peaked, however, and there are a number of alternative options that are "newer and shinier". It is really the small details that are making the difference, the paint peeling off a bit in the corners of the bathrooms, but you have to look closely.
The gym is of good quality, but nowhere near the levels of upscale hotels in Beijing. The Life Fitness equipment is around 10 years old. Still in perfect working order, but this is not the latest stuff. The pool is amazing. Not quite Olympic size, but it has nice lanes and you can get in a good workout. Remember your swimming goggles - they sell them there for US$45 (the same that would sell on Amazon for US$19.95). There is a steam, but no sauna (?).
Unless you are on an expense account, pack enough shirts, or pay US$8.75 to have the hotel clean them.
Beds are heavenly, with great pillows to boot.
Breakfast is also lovely - huge spread.
All in all a great hotel with a few blemishes and a rather expensive array of services.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically located in the heart of Beijing's diplomatic and central business district, China World Hotel, Beijing is a major component of the China World Trade Center complex, which includes two other Shangri-La hotels, two 38-storey office towers, two international residential apartment buildings, an array of restaurants and a highly prestigious shopping mall. Evoking the grandeur of Imperial China, China World Hotel, Beijing's lobby is welcoming and memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri La Beijing
- China World Beijing
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