Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing
What We Love
- The pool tables, wide LCD TV screens and live jazz every evening (except Monday) at Collage bar
- The large terraced garden, complete with fountains
- A well-appointed gym, which has a 25-meter lap pool and treadmills with personal TVs
- Location next to Bahe River, where you’ll find locals fishing and strolling
- Babysitting services and the weekend kids club at the hotel’s Wu Li Xiang restaurant
What To Know
- Although cabs can be hard to get, the hotel runs free shuttle buses to downtown Beijing and other locations across the city
- The hotel is a 30-minute cab ride from the Forbidden City and other central sights
- Night owls should know the surrounding area is short on nightlife options
- The gym is busy during peak hours
- Expect business travelers
- With the hotel split between two towers, it can take awhile to get from one facility to the next
- A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Kids Club
Business-chic, Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing gives a nod to its location in the sleek northeast corner of Beijing’s Central Business District. A rectangular fountain and a expansive landscaped garden make for a grand entrance to the hotel’s glass and marble lobby, and more than 400 rooms and suites in two 27-story towers.
Bed and Bath
Barcelona-based designer Ricardo Bofill filled the light-filled rooms with walls in subtle shades of blond hardwood, backlit headboards, seating areas with mod black tables, chairs with rounded backrest and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer city and garden views, and the bathrooms have shower-tub combos.
Hotel Jen makes the most of its surrounding greenery in Collage, the hotel’s relaxed bar, as well as Café Noir and Wu Li Xiang restaurant, where award-wining chef Kam Siew Tong serves such regional classics as grilled asparagus with white fungus, bitter herbed jelly and sautéed beef cubes in his special spicy sauce. Terraces off the restaurant and bar open to the garden, while the gym and pool overlook the landscaped flowerbeds. Just beyond is a canal and Si’de Park, where regulars stroll the paths and practice tai chi.
In the Area
Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing is a breathable breakaway from Beijing’s bustling city center in the greener quarters of the upscale residential neighborhood of Lido. The immediate area is shy on things to do, so book a jaunt with Beijing Hikers to the surrounding hills and wild areas of the Great Wall, paddle about the lake at Beijing’s largest park, get cultured with exhibits by well-known domestic and international artists at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, stock up on reasonably priced modern ceramics — from coffee cups to vases — handcrafted in Jingdezhen at Spin, all within a 20- to 30-minute cab ride.