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
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
This week I am staying at Fairmont Beijing for 6 nights. I was upgraded to a Gold Suite with access to Gold Lounge that includes breakfast and cocktails at 5pm. Excellent location to go to Forbidden City by subway if you want. It is just three stops away going East. Walking is about 1hr. Taxi will drop you off on south end of complex and walk thru to Forbidden City. Tickets are on that end for foreigners and usually goes quick.
The hotel is excellent with a very attentive staff. Most spoke very good English. Food was superb and large selection available.
I used Simon-Services.com for private car from airport to hotel. Very reasonable and Henry was an excellent driver and spoke English. Henry was at arrivals when I walked thru with a name sign. Excellent car.
Great location for mall close by and other markets. I will write more as I explore this area of Beijing.
It was Chinese New Year and the area around the hotel was like a ghost town - surreally empty. My booking included access to the Gold Lounge and unfortunately this was closed for refurbishment. There were alternative arrangements but food wise these were mainly western - I imagine there would have been more local options had the lounge been open. In general the staff were friendly and helpful. The room was well appointed with a generous sized bathroom including a wonderful large shower stall.
Although the size of the room was big, the carpets were extremely dirty. Guys that worked there were shady. I had one guy come into the room claiming we asked for service without knocking. Most of my party had left to attend dinner but one person went back to the room and found this guy in our room who claimed that we called them for service. Then our bathroom shower was clogged and overflowing and the manager claimed that it's normal and when the service person came, he dragged water all over the carpet. The manager was not helpful and the service guys were not sanitary. The worst part is my nieces in other rooms found money stolen from them. I will never return here again and I would not recommend it to anyone!
Both of our daughters had severe nuts allergy. Most of the restaurant or hotel are used peanut oil to cook in Beijing. Luckily I contact Fairmont Beijing hotel before we go to Beijing, their restaurant LUNAR 8 are used bean oil. The restaurant manager is really nice to look after us during our stayed for 4 days. It is with great pleasure that our trip was smooth and enjoyable. Hotel rooms and all the staffs are very helpful and nice. We are so pleased and very lucky to find this restaurant. Both of our daughters felt very comfortable to eat at Lunar 8 restaurant.
Once again Thank you Quentin Laurent and Rain Doug
This was my first experience of a Fairmont in Asia. I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations on every level. The rooms were spacious, well decorated and spotless. Breakfast was a sumptuous combination of Eastern and Western tastes. Beyond this however, it was the warm and sincere welcome of the staff which really distinguished the hotel. The chief concierge was truly excellent, and her thoughtful suggestions and guidance turned a good trip into a fabulous one. This was hospitality at the highest standards of performance. Similarly, the front desk staff were among the best I have ever been welcomed by. When I needed help in navigating a city which is very foreign to me, I had all the support I could have wanted. This level of true consideration and thoughtfulness is rare and greatly appreciated.