The Peninsula Beijing
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The Peninsula is just a short walk from Tiananmen Square, perhaps not such an auspicious location upon its opening in 1989. But in today's Beijing, the political (if not trade) capital of this most rapidly developing of nations, a business hotel could hardly ask for a better location — the Peninsula is right in the center of the city, surrounded by such landmarks as the Museum of Chinese History, the Great Hall of the People, and Mao's mausoleum. The bustling Chaoyang commercial district (home to many of the foreign embassies) is just to the east, and the major shopping districts are also close at hand.
The Peninsula Beijing is a five-star hotel, of course — in fact, if "five-star" simply means that all conceivable amenities are accounted for, then this may as well be a six-star hotel. Everything in the guest rooms is entirely operable from the bedside control panel, including lighting, climate control, and the television (42" plasma screens, in certain rooms). And for those who need help deciding what to wear, another panel by the front door displays outside temperature and humidity.
Yes, there is a pool (heated, of course), a fitness center, a massage service, and a Clarins spa. As expected, there are two very fine restaurants, one a "modern Asian" restaurant (JING), the other in a more traditional vein, serving classic Cantonese (Huang Ting). High-speed internet in-room? Check. Three levels of designer shops, from Burberry to Louis Vuitton, in the hotel's arcade? Of course.
But what is special about the Peninsula, what makes it feel somehow intangibly right, comes down to two simple things: execution and service. This is one of the most luxurious hotel experiences to be had anywhere, yet the feeling of luxury, somehow, never crosses over into excess. Everything simply feels right, from the extremely high standard of service — the staff, ever-attentive when needed, then fading discreetly away at just the right moment — to something so prosaic as the sheer material quality of the construction and furnishings. How do they do it? We have, frankly, no idea — but that does not make it any less impressive, or enjoyable.
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Amenities & Services
- Free wi-fi
- Self service parking (charges apply)
- Off street parking
- Room service
- Indoor swimming pool
- Spa treatments (on request)
- 100% non-smoking hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Adjoining rooms
- Air conditioning
- ATM/bank office
- Babysitting (on request)
- Wake-up service
- Luggage storage
- No pets allowed
- Business center
- Cribs (subject to availability)
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessible
- Designated smoking area
Need to Know
- WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
- Private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and costs CNY 80 per day.
- Pets are not allowed.
- Children of any age are allowed.
- Children up to and including 1 year old stay for free when using an available cot.
- People 12 years old and over stay for CNY 466.40 per person per night when using an available extra bed.
- Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
- Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Credit cards accepted