Fairmont Beijing Hotel
What We Love
- Restorative full body rose and geranium wrap in the Willow Stream Spa
- The crispy Peking duck at Lunar 8
- Watching TV while soaking in the oversize bathtub
- Even though it has more than 200 rooms, the hotel feels intimate and friendly
What To Know
- Fairmont Gold Rooms include free breakfast and afternoon tea
- A visa is required for a stay in China
- WiFi is an additional cost of $16 per day
- A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Designed by Japanese architect Paul Tange, the Fairmont stands in stark contrast to some of the behemoth skyscraper hotels that surround it in the uber-modern Central Business District. The rose glass-clad tower takes its architectural inspiration from the past and is meant to evoke one of China’s ancient city gates. Interiors are bedecked with Chinese artwork, and panoramic windows allow for lots of natural light, creating a setting that feels both modern and warm.
Bed and Bath
Commodious guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling-windows that offer views of new Beijing, such as the China World Trade Center. Sleek and understated, the decor melds Asian minimalism with Western fluff. Beds have 400-thread-count linens and mother-of-pearl headboards that mimic the building’s China gate motif. Painted in tranquil ivory hues, the rooms are enlivened with gem-colored raw silk pillows and understated Chinese drawings and paintings. Spa-style bathrooms feature heated floors, a TV visible from the oversize bathtub and rain showers stocked with Miller Harris bath products. Fairmont Gold Rooms also have blingy 24K gold shower heads.
Serving an international clientele of business and luxury travelers, the Fairmont Beijing offers both Western and Chinese options for dining. Lunar 8, a classic Cantonese restaurant, consists of myriad private dining rooms. With superlative Peking duck and dim sum, it attracts locals as well. A swish steakhouse that draws inspiration from Chicago’s storied eateries, the Cut serves succulent beef and grilled seafood. The three-tier Willow Stream Spa offers a treatment menu with both Eastern and Western possibilities — as well as housing an immense fitness center, swimming pool, yoga room and tai chi workout area (the hotel is known for its one-on-one tai chi tutorials). With myriad champagne choices, the Champagne Bar buzzes as an evening social scene. And the Lobby Lounge Bar serves well-mixed craft cocktails.
How to Get There
Hotel located in the central part of Beijing, near Yonganli Subway station and Silk market. Which is really good for me because I like shopping. Most importantly, Journey and Selina were very good at in handling customer service and experience. They were excellent and extremely helpful in organizing activities. One of the best experience ...
Looking forward to back again, best Gold lounge best hotel.
Let me start by saying that I love Fairmont (my favourites include Fairmont Vancouver and Fairmont Peace Shanghai, which I consider to be the best hotels I have ever experienced), so whenever I travel, I choose Fairmont. However, my stay in Beijing was a complete disappointment and didn't feel like I stayed at my beloved hotel chain.
I have stayed for a week and went for Fairmont Gold option. Firstly, the room was dark and in the need of renovation (cracking walls, my kettle didn't work). Secondly, the food was a disappointment - breakfast was without any taste, and coffee awful. The staff in the hotel speaks very poor English. They have memorised couple of phrases, and if you ask them something in a different way, there is no chance for an answer (both restaurant and concierge). Additionally, I was running out of shower gel every day and they would bring me a small bottle after many phonecalls (comparing to Fairmont Shanghai, where they brough 4!) - I would have to call them every day asking for the same thing - it really felt like they want to save money on me.
Lastly, Fairmont Gold is a joke - the buffet they offer you in the afternoon consists of leftovers from breakfast and the there is little chance you will be able to communicate with staff in English.
Fairmont - after all these years, you have disappointed me very much and I will avoid Beijing hotel going forward.
Just to show you what kind of people work here, I asked about where to find dental floss because I forgot mine like an idiot.
At first the concierge wrote it down and pointed to a building where he said there was a shop. I walked outside and 3 min later the concierge found me, took me to the store and helped with my purchase.
We will be back.