Raffles Beijing Hotel
Address33 East Chang An Avenue, Block B BeijingSee nearby area
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Lonely Planet review
Sandwiched between two drab edifices (to the east the 1970s lines of the Běijīng Hotel, to the west a gawky Soviet-era facade), the seven-storey Raffles oozes cachet and grandeur. The heritage building dates to 1900 when it was the Grand Hotel de Pekin, and it stays true to its historic roots.
Illuminated in a chandelier glow, the elegant lobby yields to a graceful staircase leading to immaculate standard doubles that are spacious and well proportioned, decked out with period-style furniture and large bathrooms. The ground floor contains the hotel's most historic feature: the Writers Bar, once a common meeting place for Communist Party cadres, including Mao Zedong, and now a splendid spot for High Tea (2.30pm to 5.30pm, ¥158 to ¥168).
Our independent authors have visited Raffles Beijing Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central.
Description provided by property
Set in a classic French-orient architecture, Raffles Beijing Hotel showcases the charm of Old China with its rich furnishings and priceless antiques. Aside from free Wi-Fi, it boasts pampering spa services and an indoor pool.
Raffles Beijing Hotel is located within the popular Wangfujing shopping area, a 5-minute walk from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Beijing Railway Station is 15 minutes' drive away. Beijing Capital International Airport is 40 minutes' drive away.
Extra spacious and fitted with air conditioning, rooms at Raffles Beijing Hotel are equipped with flat-screen satellite TVs and DVD players. A personal safe, minibar and ironing facilities are also included.
Staying guests can exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness centre. Raffles Beijing also provides a tour desk and a souvenir shop.
East 33 Restaurant serves an international buffet, while Jaan Restaurant presents creative French dishes and an extensive wine list. Live jazz piano music and delicious cocktails can be enjoyed at Writer's Bar.
The hotel was award as the top 100 Best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Readers Choice in 2012.
Guests are required to show a valid government-issued ID card or passport upon check-in.
Services & facilities
- Family rooms
- Breakfast in the room
- Non-smoking rooms
- Non-smoking throughout
- Facilities for disabled guests
- VIP room facilities
- Ticket service
- 24-hour front desk
- Tour desk
- Room service
- Restaurant (buffet)
- Car hire
Bureau de Change/ATM
- Currency exchange
- ATM/cash machine on site
- Free WiFi
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