I was lucky enough to spend 8 days in Beijing in June this year. Primary reason for the trip was to attend a training course for work but I took the opportunity to stay on for a couple of extra days to do some sightseeing of the city and its surrounds.
I stayed in the hotel where the course was organised, the Hilton Beijing. Its in what is referred to as the diplomatic area of the city and a quick walk around the neighbourhood soon showed why. A very closely guarded US Embassy was on the street right behind the hotel.
The hotel is relatively modern and certainly upto the usual standards of decent western hotels.
I had a very nice suite with a king bed, couch (which I don’t think I used) and a desk.
Bathroom was a good size and well appointed. There was a bath and a separate shower. Amenities were of ok quality.
The staff were very unobtrusive and I don’t think I ever ran into the housekeeping staff while I was in my room. The room was always kept neat, tidy and clean.
We ate all of our breakfasts and lunches during the course (Monday to Friday) in the hotel restaurant on level 1 and the variety and quality of the food was magnificent. I think I put on a couple of extra kilos that week!
For dinners we mostly went out as a group to sample the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten. I love duck so I had to try the eponymous Beijing Duck and I’m drooling thinking back to how good it was.
I do love travelling for work as it lets me see a place on someone else’s money to decided whether I like the place and I can say that I loved Beijing and I would happily spend my own money to go back and explore more.
The hotel was great as was Beijing in general.