The Peninsula Beijing
The resort can be found on Wangfuijing in central Beijing, an upmarket business and shopping district, a short stroll from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City — jump on a few of the resort’s free bikes to get to know the neighbourhood.
Style & personality
Adhering to a multi-million pound facelift, replicate guests will hardly recognise the resort from its former itself. From the lobby, low ceilings are raised, the austere imperial staircase sailed off and the claret and gold color scheme banished, all replaced with glistening ivory walls, creamy marble flooring, a modern backlit staircase and swathes of lighting. Added eye-candy is sold in the shape of an exhibition-worthy assortment of paintings, sculpture and photography curated for the resort by the manager of MoCA Beijing.
Service & amenities
Facilities include a hot new black swimming pool, a super spa with a focus in traditional Chinese health philosophies, a high tech fitness center, a lavish shopping theatre, an art gallery and a fleet of Rolls Royce sporting the Peninsula’s signature green livery. The staff are a joy; engaging, efficient and really warm – throughout my stay, one of the royal staff even came in on her day off to say hello to some favorite guest. Another welcome improvement is a brand new check-in coverage permitting guest to arrive at any given time of the night or day and remain for a 24-hour cubes at no additional price.
Included in this renovation, The Peninsula over halved its key attraction, from 525 to 230 suites and rooms. Consequently, conventional rooms have dropped in size, to 65-square metres, which makes them the biggest in town. The new decorative is soothing and smart; cherry white and greys, subtle geometric prints, China-blue soft furnishings and calligraphic artwork, spread over large living spaces, soothing bedrooms, ample dressing room and rambling marble baths. Specially-commissioned tablets offer everything from in-room light, humidity and temperature control panels to PEK flight arrivals and sightseeing recommendations.
Food & beverage
The favorite Huang Ting Chinese restaurant, with its zingy fresh Cantonese cuisine and enchanting interiors – slate flooring, carved wood walls, red lanterns, painted birdcages – stays thankfully unchanged. Worldwide restaurant Jing, nevertheless, has been fully modernised, both regarding the décor — a pleasing palette of taupe and dove gray pricked with pretty flower motifs — along with also the menu — an on-trend farm-to-table affair utilizing organic, seasonable, traceable produce wherever possible.
Value for cash
Double rooms at low-season out of RMB 3,964 (#481), room only. Breakfast costs another RMB 255 (#31) each individual. Wi-Fi is comprised; however, there’s not any integrated VPN support to permit access to the World Wide Web.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes, the whole property is available, with just two rooms adapted for wheelchair users.
Yes. Anticipate bespoke infant goods out of Norwegian brand Stokke and Academy programmes including tobogganing down the Great Wall of China and rickshaw rides through old hutong neighbourhoods.