Sofitel Wanda Beijing
What We Love
- 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)
- Free WiFi
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
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
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).
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My husband and I spent 3 nights here in October 2018. Beautifully fitted room odd sharped bathroom, nice and clean but a very hard bed. Great breakfast included but coffee not so good. Very nice cocktail bar. Friendly staff but not much English spoken by any of them so glad we had a guide to help with that side. Safe and nice area to walk around at night after a day of sight seeing.
The hotel is very nice and clean. However, booking a hotel car to pick me up from the airport was ridiculously complicated. They wanted so much documentation and it isn’t a China thing, I booked one in Shenzhen and it was super easy. Also, the internet barely worked. I had someone in my room the first night trying to figure it out for an hour. They even gave me a cable and that didn’t even work. My colleagues had the same issues. I didn’t have WiFi for most of the time I was there and had to use data. When I went to complain they didn’t understand. Very frustrating since I was there for work and needed access.
arrived here post a long flight, luckily our tour guide checked in for us as it appears english is quite limited when we asked questions about the hotel.
the lobby is opulent and delightful to sit in.
our room had 2 large beds - little gripe pillows are way to soft for me and the air con wouldn’t go to the desired temperature..... that said the room was extremely quiet and comfortable. our bathroom was huge.... we had a bathtub which had a tv and the shower was huge with great water pressure... lovely amenities and the products smelt amazing.
the pool was fantastic a 28m lap pool!! great way to unwind after a long day aight seeing!! separate saunas and a great system for the lockers to keep valuables safe.
buffet breakfast was divine - huge selection of both western and ethnic foods - freshly squeezed juices - watermelon my fave - a must. only gripe - and only my personal preference more yoghurt selection (ie greek) and fresh bananas - if they were there i eve saw them.
altogether a very enjoyable stay here and would definitely recommend if you are coming to beijing! travel times are always difficult in large cities but great location.
also walmart and convenience store a short walk from the back of the hotel! across the main road a number of local eateries (amazing roast duck!!)
I visited Beijing and the Wanda Vista for business. The hotel staff was extremely friendly and positive. Some were not that experienced with English but you could get along very well. The restaurant(s) within the hotel served local and internal food which all tasted very good. I do however agree that the price for breakfast ist quite high. Overall it was a pleasant stay and I’d like to come back!
Stayed several days here. Very nice rooms and common areas. Did not notice any issues with upkeep, etc. (as noted in other reviews). Conveniently located near Metro, and a nice neighborhood with lots of highly-varied restaurant choices, even a WallMart. Staff were very responsive. Breakfast and buffet dinner were top notch!