The Peninsula Beijing
What We Love
- Gorgeous white marble bathrooms
- Free shoe shining service
- Wellness services that include a spa, a gym with personal trainers on hand, and healthy Naturally Peninsula cuisine at the dining outlets
What To Know
- Transfers from the train station can be arranged for an additional fee
- The Peninsula Academy offers classes in dumpling making, Chinese calligraphy, and more
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A winning blend of traditional Chinese style and modern flourish in the heart of the capital
One of Beijing’s premier addresses for business and leisure travelers alike, the Peninsula exudes the understated, modern-Asian elegance the hotel brand is known for. The rooms have earth-toned décor, simple lines, and streamlined furniture, plus useful high-tech features like bedside temperature-control panels and iPod docks. Perhaps the hotel’s most distinctive feature is its Peninsula Academy programs, that aim to connect guests with Chinese culture, such as classes in fortune cookie baking and kite making or rickshaw tours through a Hutong neighborhood.
In the Area
The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Beijing. It’s a few minutes’ walk from St. Joseph’s Church (commonly known as Wangfujing Cathedral), an early-20th-century Romanesque Revival church that was first built in 1655, and close to the Forbidden City. A good overview of Chinese art history can be found nearby at the National Art Museum of China and the shopping is top-notch at the Malls at Oriental Plaza, which comprise five zones of stores ranging from international luxury brands like Burberry and Coach to homegrown favorites like Shanghai Tang, The Shi’s Gallery and Zhaoyi.
How to Get There
I stayed in a Grand Deluxe Suite (514) facing North, but there is not a particularly remarkable view and the rooms are amazing so I don’t think the specific floor/direction would affect much. The rooms themselves are luxurious and I love how well supplied they are with water and tea/coffee. The iPad-style controls for the room are convenient, but the recommendations for places to eat/visit around the city are particularly helpful. I say ‘almost perfect’ above because I found the concierge service totally underwhelming - a terrible restaurant recommendation and no forewarning of the October 1 rehearsals (the whole city centre was on lockdown - everything, and I mean EVERYTHING - closed from about 1pm on the Saturday until Monday). On the plus side, once stranded in the Hotel for the afternoon/evening, the hotel restaurant Huang Ting is exceptionally good!
over 1000sqft of suite everything considered,the spa very relaxing the breakfast allowed you to gently slip into the day feeling very relaxed and satisfied. The hotel had the charm of asia with the all the refinement of shopping in Paris ... would recommend without a doubt
We stayed at the Peninsula Beijing for a long weekend, 2 nights 3 days. We had the chance to experience the breakfast twice and we really appreciated the diversity of the food and the attention to details of the server in order to exceed our need.
We also try the Chinese Restaurant "Huang Ting" that we really enjoyed and recommend if you are looking for a tasty place for dinner.
For sure we will be back for our next stop in town!