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
The location of this hotel is an ace card. Just a 20 min walk from TianAnMen and the Palace museum. Instead of being stuck in traffic just saunter out early and skip the queues at the main sites. The scale of the hotel is lovely, and feels much smaller than the size would suggest. This is a luxury hotel dating from when the word luxury actually meant something. Everything is built to a premium finish and it's designed with the guest in mind. We had one of the fantastic duplex suites on the top floor. Much like having your own apartment minus a kitchen. This came at a price not significantly different from a regular room. Lots of space and huge, well-appointed bathrooms. The lower floor has a nice business center and entertainment area. Service was a bit off for us in some areas. Nothing egregious - just little details like getting charged for an extra child's breakfast without being told. Key cards that failed and had to be re-set. When will the hotel industry realize that you can't be elegant when you're issuing plastic disposable key cards. Running back to the front desk after being locked out of your room for the 3rd time is not the customer experience anyone wants. Not a fault of this hotel in particular, just an issue with most hotels in general. The really top-flight ones have either avoided or reversed course on this unfortunate development. The swimming pool here deserves special mention. It's gorgeous. Warm water, clean lines, quiet and modern and flawlessly clean. It's a pleasure to spend time in.
Probably the best hotel I have ever stayed at. Right from the outset we were greeted by Kurt who took us to our room. We wanted a room facing the front and so he helped us to change room without any fuss or delay. It was like home away from home. The concierge was incredible, nothing was too much, Fergus was great too. The rooms were incredible, the swimming pool felt like swimming through silky water, the bars were good, Chinese downstairs great... can’t speak highly enough about the hotel and it’s staff. A special mention to the lovely Isabelle Luque who just started at the hotel and was also amazing. Thanks to everyone, we will definitely be back!
Beautiful, sophisticated, clean and service driven hotel. Check in was a breeze. We were early due to our flight and they offered us coffee or tea in the bar area while they prepared our room. When we entered our room our luggage was already inside. Our room was spacious, had a separate makeup room with a valet, walk in closet. Also an office area with a living room. Our master bedroom was a good size with a beautiful well appointed master bathroom. Asked for an iron and was brought immediately. Requested a taxi and was there on time. Excellent service. Close to shopping and restaurants. Highly recommend this hotel if in Beijing.