Detailed review by koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom
I stayed at the Swissotel in Beijing about 5 years ago on a business trip. I’ve stayed in many Chinese hotels but strangely this is the only one whose name I still remember years later. Swissotels are always lovely but very different from each other. It’s nice to stay in a place that’s not driven to try to make all their hotels look the same.
The hotel is enormous. It’s a curved multi-story building that sits at the intersection of two busy roads. It’s actually set a bit lower than the roads which is a bit weird at first. The lobby is spectacular with a tall atrium and masses of shiny marble. My room was large and nicely furnished but almost totally lacking any sense of Chinese style which I found rather disappointing. All too often I wake up in a hotel and can’t remember where I am so a few hints from the décor wouldn’t go amiss. The room had internet access, good choice of satellite channels and most importantly a very good bed. The bathroom was spotless and had good water pressure and nice toiletries. I’m always a bit nervous about using hotel toiletries in the Far East as the fragrances can be a bit ‘alien’ and shampoos are often designed for Asian hair.
There are multiple restaurant options to choose from including the rather bizarre Swiss restaurant where you can get fondue which just seemed plain weird. I ate in the main restaurant one night but skipped dinner the next after getting sick (though I don’t think it was the hotel food that was responsible). The gym and pool were both very good and the hotel kindly arranged an airport transfer for me and everything worked very efficiently.
The Swissotel is a dependable but unexciting choice in Beijing.
Swissotel Beijing Hong Kong Macau Center