Chinaful Reviews: The Park Hyatt Beijing

by Courtney Gould Miller
April 02, 2012
When I first lived in Beijing in 2004, luxury hotel options were limited.  Shangri-La hotels dominated, and while they were wonderful, a city as vast and important as Beijing needed more – it needed options.
With the 2008 Beijing Olympics, hotel options proliferated, particularly in downtown Chaoyang and surrounding the Olympic complex.  Now, there are large luxury hotel chains, small boutiques run by both Western and Asian companies, and everything in between.  The Five Star Alliance boasts 31 luxury hotels in Beijing – one I’d love to try are the Opposite House, which I’ve heard from friends in amazing.
I recently stayed at the Park Hyatt Beijing, a hotel I used to visit weekly when I lived in Beijing for Xiu Bar for Thursday Ladies’ night. (Free cosmos? Yes, please!) The Park Hyatt has an excellent reputation for serving business travelers, and my experience did not disappoint.
The lobby on the 63rd floor welcomes you to one of the best views I’ve seen in Beijing, through floor to ceiling windows.  There are several restaurants in addition to Xiu Bar, and a mall with designer labels on the first few floors.  Other benefits?
  • Rooms are large, and very zen – a huge tub and rain shower are a nice touch, and the closet was perfectly laid out for even a long stay.
  • The electronic system is easy to use and perfect for a jet lagged traveler – with the same key pad, you can turn off all of the lights, close the blinds and pull the black out curtains.
  • Comfy bed? Check.  King sized and the perfect balance of firm yet soft
  • Service is fantastic – excellent English, helpful staff that endeavor to make your stay as seamless as possible.
  • Breakfast is included, and delicious. Too often rooms in Asia come with a sub-par continental breakfast. Not so at the Park Hyatt.  You can choose to visit the plentiful buffet on the 66th floor, or enjoy breakfast in your room.  I tried both, and they were equally delicious.
  • Delicate balance of Beijing flavor with Western amenities is achieved. I love that the Park Hyatt endeavors to mix Beijing and Chinese aspects into all aspects of the hotel rather than abandon it to Western sensibilities. One example – they feature a full Chinese breakfast that features mainstays of a Beijing breakfast, such as a variation of the jian bing.

My only complaint?  Cab drivers had a very difficult time finding it.  If you stay at the Park Hyatt on your next trip to Beijing, be sure to have the hotel write directions for your return in Chinese.  I had to rely on my Mandarin more than once to get back!

Park Hyatt Beijing
2 Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100022
People’s Republic of China
Tel: +86 10 8567 1234
Fax: +86 10 8567 1000
Email: [email protected]

Comments

Even though I KNOW you LOVE law, you could replace Samantha Brown,(Travel Channel) ; she's getting a little over the 40 edge. Just saying.

April 02, 2012 | Janet Vasquez

Park Hyatt has always set the standard for luxury hotels of the world. It has very high standards when choosing a city to open its business. In China, it is now considering the second tier cities markets.This is an article I wrote about Park Hyatt in China.
http://daxueconsulting.com/park-hyatt-in-china/
Hope you can read it and we may exchange ideas.

October 19, 2012 | consultant China
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