Air purification system means you can breathe easy even when smog blankets the city
Large marble bathrooms with separate soaking tubs, inset TVs and rainfall showers
Club Rooms have access to the lounge on the 26th floor, which serves breakfast and afternoon tea and has a daily happy hour
Access to a posh private karaoke club within the hotel (fees apply)
What To Know
With 12 conference rooms, the hotel is popular with business travelers
Besides an upscale shopping mall, there are not many attractions within walking distance (Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are a 15- to 20-minute subway ride away)
For the bashful, there’s a privacy screen for the bathroom’s glass wall
Reservations are recommended for the hotel restaurants
24-hour room service is available
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Divine digs in Beijing’s buzzing business district, with six restaurants, a pool, a spa and a private karaoke club
Opened in 2007 as part of the three-tower Wanda Plaza, this Sofitel outpost blends traditional Chinese culture with modern sophistication, and it shows in the details. One side of the airy entrance is anchored by imposing flowers made entirely out of Swarovski crystal (the largest in Asia), while the other has potted bamboo plants and showcases a large mural by Qi Shi that depicts a scene from China’s Tang dynasty. Stop in the afternoon to enjoy one of country’s specialties: afternoon tea.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 416 guestrooms are pure Zen. They exude a golden glow thanks to soft lighting, honey-colored patterned carpeting and upholstered headboards, as well as blond and dark wood accents. All accommodations feature tray ceilings and hand-painted gongbi-style wallpaper of cerise, mustard and maroon flowers over the beds. There are Asian touches, too, with decorative boxes, tassels hanging from light fixtures and Chinese porcelain. In Luxury Rooms a glass partition separates the sleeping area from the marble-clad bathroom. Frosted double glass doors lead to a separate deep soaking tub (with an inset TV) and rainfall shower; the hotel nods to its French roots by offering Notes de Lanvin toiletries.
The fifth floor houses an 11-room spa that’s infused with a fresh lemon scent, as well as a fitness center (open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Before dinner take a dip in the mosaic-tiled swimming pool, which has a sky-painted ceiling and fiber optic lighting that mimics twinkling stars. The hotel offers six dining options, ranging from an all-day buffet to Japanese and authentic Chinese cuisine; make dinner reservations at Yipin, where chef Oscar Jiang churns out such delicacies as steamed meatballs and crystal-shelled fresh shrimp. Continue your evening at the Oriental Club to hear some karaoke (a must-do in China), or rent a room and belt out some tunes yourself.
In the Area
Although there aren’t many historic or cultural attractions within walking distance of the Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are a 15 to 20-minute subway ride away. For some tasty Peking duck, go local at Li Qun (11 Beixiangfang Hutong). Don’t let the dilapidated exterior deter you; the traditional dish comes with sides such as Mongolian beef and egg rolls stuffed with minced chicken, chive and carrot. After gorging yourself, head north and take a stroll around picturesque Lake Houhai, but skip the touristy bar scene there and instead wander over to Great Leap Brewery for local craft beers, or join Beijing’s hipsters for a round of suds at El Nido (59 Fangjia Hutong).