Following a £101 million refurbishment, The Peninsula Beijing is once again at the top of its game, bowling guests over with elegant new interiors, sterling service and every amenity you could wish for, including a large indoor swimming pool, a world-class spa, tip-top dining and a luxury shopping arcade.
The hotel is located on Wangfuijing in central Beijing, an upmarket business and shopping district, a short stroll from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City – hop on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles to get to know the neighbourhood.
Address: 8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China.
Style & character
Following a multi-million pound facelift, repeat guests will barely recognise the hotel from its former frumpy self. In the lobby, low ceilings have been elevated, the austere imperial staircase swept away and the claret and gold colour scheme banished, all replaced with shimmering ivory walls, creamy marble floors, a contemporary backlit staircase and swathes of light. Additional eye-candy comes in the form of an exhibition-worthy collection of paintings, photography and sculpture curated for the hotel by the director of MoCA Beijing.
Service & facilities
Facilities include a sexy new black swimming pool, a super spa with a focus in traditional Chinese wellness philosophies, a high-tech gym, a luxury shopping arcade, an art gallery and a fleet of Rolls Royce sporting the Peninsula’s signature green livery. The staff are a delight; engaging, efficient and genuinely warm – during my stay, one of the concierge team even came in on her day off to say hello to a favourite guest. Another welcome addition is a new check-in policy allowing guest to arrive at any time of the day or night and stay for a 24-hour blocks at no extra cost.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
As part of the reconstruction, The Peninsula more than halved its key count, from 525 to 230 rooms and suites. As a result, standard rooms have doubled in size, to 65-square metres, making them the largest in the city. The new aesthetic is smart and soothing; pearl white and greys, subtle geometric prints, China-blue soft furnishings and calligraphic art, spread over sizeable living areas, soothing bedrooms, ample dressing rooms and rambling marble bathrooms. Specially-commissioned tablets provide everything from in-room lighting, temperature and humidity control panels to PEK flight arrivals and sightseeing recommendations.
Food & drink
The popular Huang Ting Chinese restaurant, with its zingy fresh Cantonese cuisine and charming interiors – slate floors, carved wood walls, red lanterns, painted birdcages – remains happily unchanged. International restaurant Jing, however, has been completely modernised, both in terms of the décor – a pleasing palette of taupe and dove grey pricked with pretty flower motifs – and the menu – an on-trend farm-to-table affair using organic, seasonable, traceable produce wherever possible.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, the entire property is accessible, with two rooms adapted for wheelchair users.
Yes. Expect bespoke baby products from Norwegian brand Stokke and Academy programmes which include tobogganing down the Great Wall of China and rickshaw rides through old hutong neighbourhoods.
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