Peninsula Hotel, Beijing

Beijing, China

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Your Stay

A high-end shopping arcade with upmarket boutiques dominates the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel, Beijing. The stores with big brand names are located here, both on the main and basement floors with a convenient ATM for converting to local Yuan currency. Being shop-o-holics, we dump our bags in our room and get back to the lobby to explore.

 

We Love
  • Located in the centre of the city’s Wangfujing shopping district, and within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
  • Bespoke airport transfers with a fleet of two Rolls-Royce Phantoms and 10 BMW 7 series fleet of cars.
  • The Peninsula Academy programme features a range of exclusive Chinese cultural activities led by experts.
  • Kids academy available to give children between 6 to 12 years, hours of fun in culinary and cultural activities such as kite making and Beijing style candied apple making.
     
Need to Know
  • There are 525 rooms with plasma TV, iPod or iPhone docks and VOIP telephones.
  • Two restaurants. Huang Ting for Cantonese and Jing where East-meets-West cuisine with a global appeal.
  • Some of Beijing's prime attractions—the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Art District—require extensive walking and even modest climbing. Put on sturdy footwear before tackling crumbling sections of the Great Wall.
  • Beijing isn't the tropics, but mosquitoes can appear in humid weather or after a rain shower. Bring mosquito repellent, or buy some there.
     

The Review

The kilometre long Wangfujing Street, close to the Peninsula Hotel, Beijing is full of shops with international brands. The Oriental Plaza is huge, with over 40 worldwide known brands; it is possibly one of the largest shopping malls in Asia. It is Beijing’s version of the Bloomingdales and the Wangfujing shopping district comparable with the New York's Fifth Avenue, the Champs-Elysees of Paris and the Ginza in Tokyo. But it is time for us shopaholics to return to our hotel.
 

Sleep
The rooms are comfortable with shiny marble bathrooms, flat screen televisions, and plush beds. I have slept well, experienced the city’s historical sights and satisfied my appetite for shopping. Duplexes are rare in Beijing hotels, and the Peninsula's are top-notch. Suite 1448 has especially pretty city views north toward Jingshan Park.
 

Eat
Having rested well, we hit the Huan Ting restaurant in the hotel. Designed beautifully in an old Hutong style, Huan Ting is known for Cantonese cuisine. We order half of Peking duck to be split among two and it was just about right. The staffs offer to carve the duck and wrap the pieces with all the fixings into the tortilla. It is normally quite a bit of work, so take them up on their offer! We also fell in love with their dumplings – a must try.

The next day was for sightseeing so after an early breakfast at Jing, which had a huge selection of Chinese and western dishes, we hit the road. The great plus of the Peninsula is that it is only a few blocks down from two underground train stations which makes getting around town extremely easy. We took the Metro on the first two day but once we got hang of the place, all the important tourist destinations like Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Drum Tower etc, seemed just a walk away.
 

Relax
To erase the lingering pain from walking and jet-lag, I try the Peninsula's Spa Freedom of Life–Oriental Life Dance treatment, which includes a fresh ginger foot buff, an Indian scalp massage, and a hot-stone body massage. When I woke up, I was a like a piece of jelly, barely able to walk to the shower. I plonk myself on a chair, sip my juice and just chill whilst reading a magazine at leisure... allowing myself time to truly relax and indulge!


One More Thing: It is time to go and the hotel’s BMW waits to take me to the airport. But let me tell you one more thing. The hotel also has two Rolls Royce Phantoms which you can hire at a hefty price. Reluctantly, I step into my waiting car but I am already contemplating a return to this shopper’s paradise.
 

Getting There

Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.

 
Peninsula Hotel, Beijing Beijing, China

The Peninsula Hotel – Beijing


Deluxe Room
Location                4th to 10th Floors
View                     City view / Street view
Beds                     King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Marble bathroom with bathtub
Size                      29 sqm / 312 sq ft


Grand Deluxe Room
Location                4th to 10th Floors
View                     City view / Street view
Beds                     King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Marble bathroom with bathtub
Size                      34 sqm / 364 sq ft


Club Grand Deluxe Room
Location                12th and 13th Floors
Decor                    Elegant East-meets-West decor
View                     City view / Courtyard view
Beds                     King size or Twin beds
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Marble bathroom with bathtub
Additional              Club services included            
Size                      35 sqm / 381 sq ft


Executive Suite
Location                4th to 13th Floors (Each floor one suite)
View                     City view / Street view
Rooms                  Bedroom separate from sitting, dinning, desk area
Beds                     King size or Twin beds
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Marble bathroom with bathtub, powder room
Size                      50 sqm / 538 sq ft


Duplex Suite
Style                     Duplex
Location                14th Floor
View                     City view / Street view
Windows                Floor-to-ceiling windows
Beds                     King size or Twin beds
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Marble bathroom with bathtub, powder room
Size                      68 sqm / 732 sq ft


Beijing Suite
Location                4th to 12th Floor (Each floor 3 suites)
View                     City view / Street view
Room                    Bedroom with sitting area
Windows                Floor-to-ceiling windows
Beds                     King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Red and beige marble with bathtub, powder room
Size                      100 sqm / 1,076 sq ft


The Peninsula Suite
Location                13th Floor
View                     Street view
Windows                Floor-to-ceiling windows
Rooms                   2 bedrooms, dining table to seat 18 persons
Beds                     1 King size bed and Twin beds
Occupancy             4 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Marble bathroom with bathtub, powder room
Private                  Elevator, gym, massage bed
Size                      660 sqm / 7,104 sq ft


Policies

  • Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
  • Children of 5 years and under are complimentary.
  • Children between 5 and 12 years get a 50% discount.
  • Children of 13 years and above will be charged at full rate.
  • Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property at a charge.
  • Internet access to WiFi is complimentary.
  • Smoking rooms are available
     

Taxes and fees

  • All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
  • Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
  • A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.


Additional Services

  • Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
  • Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.


Check in & Check out

  • Check in:     2:00 PM
  • Check out:     12:00 PM
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
     
 

Getting There
Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.
 

Getting Around
Aside from cabs, the subway is by far the best way to get around Beijing but doesn't go out to Dashanzi. Taxis are relatively cheap in Beijing. Unless you are fluent in Mandarin, have the address of your destination written out in Chinese. If you get lost, ask. Beijingers are friendly and willing to help. Hint: The younger the person is the more likely he or she is to speak some English.

Taxis are plentiful, clean and cheap. Be warned however that almost none of the drivers speak or read English so make sure you always have a copy of your destination written in Chinese. It's sensible also to have the phone number of someone who speaks English and Chinese in case you get into difficulties.
 

When to go
The best time to visit Beijing is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).

The second-best time is spring; late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.
 

Visa and Customs
Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.