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).
How to Get There
I stayed in this property as my company was an exhibitor in an event held here. Upon arrival, I realized I made a huge mistake booking in a local Chinese hotel chain. Absolutely zero English is spoken at the front desk, no baggage assistance provided, nothing.
The experience continued from there. Room service couldn't be ordered, impossible to get Coke in the restaurant, etc.
I realize this is China, however this property bills itself as abl five star hotel of international standard. While we'll maintained and opulent, it really is geared toward domestic business people and tourists.
I do not recommend staying here if you do not speak Chinese.
Very happy to find ourselves in this lovely hotel after our long flight. Room very spacious with a very comfortable bed. Breakfast was wonderful with many choices for all. The hotel was part of a complex which had shopping mall attached and food courts with nice choice of restaurants. I have to mention the delightful Colin who greeted us each time we were in reception with the best smile.
The level of comfort, the quality of service, and all other aspects of our stay for three nights at this hotel in Beijing deserve nothing but an "excellent" grade!! The breakfast was very good, the room was clean and quiet.
Was in Beijing for travelling with my husband and Wanda hotel is in the heart of business area many people, many cars and hotel is fully booked.Breakfast is delicious but maybe too spicy dishes for breakfast placed not best choice. the best of the best things happen is to meet a Russian pretty friendly and smiling lady Venera at front desk, she was really friendly and made her best with service. fast check in then she checked out us. If in Beijing only Wanda Vista.
Stayed here as a couple and part of a tour. The hotel is very luxurious. Great reception area and good choice of breakfast. Very efficient and friendly staff. In particular Anca Vizitiu who was on the front desk reception. We requested to change rooms as our room smelt a bit smokey and she arranged to do this so swiftly and professional. She gave us a higher floor room, organised a fruit plate to be sent to us, asked a house keeping staff member to check if our new room was satisfactory and even personally called us to see if everything was now ok. Several other members of the tour, we were travelling with 40 people mentioned her name as she had personally assisted them with their wifi queries and information about Beijing and the hotel. Certainly a very valuable team member and good ambassador for Wanda Vista Beijing. Keep up the excellent work you are a treasure!