As with any place to call home there are 3 rules: Location, Location and Location. The Park Plaza, from this point forward referred to as PP, is definitely in the right location. Many of the big attractions are within walking distance. Well, walking distance for those of us who choose not to eat a McDonalds more than 2 times a month. I am not trying to be prejudicial against those who “have thyroid issues.” I am just trying to make sure that you all realize that to me walking distance is anything less than 3km. If you really aren’t up for walking there is a subway station right outside and around the corner. If you are more of a driver than a public transportation user there are Maserati, Ferrari and Rolls Royce dealerships right outside the front entrance. That’s not a joke. We had to endure the economic humiliation every time we walked in and out of the hotel. It was like they were teasing us!
The area the surrounds the hotel is new, vibrant, full of people and full of shopping. Just like in the western world, a combination such as that means everything is more expensive then it is in other parts of the city. The prices may be higher, but this is still China. If you live in any major city in the western world it is still far less than what you are going to pay at home. If you venture off of Jinbao and Dongdan (those are streets B.T.Dubs) there are side streets that offer more affordable fare and activities. A massage on Dongdan runs about $50USD, or 300RMB. A massage on a side street runs about 100RMB or $15USD. It might seem a little shady, but it is just as good at 1/3 the price. Walk towards the Forbidden City and there are restaurants everywhere. Dinners normally ran around 140RMB or $21USD for appetizers, 2 entrees, a large fried rice and 4 large Tsing Toa beers. If you stick around the hotel, dinners ran us 600RMB or around $92USD.
Time to get off the commentary and down to the review. We have stayed at the PP brand hotels in London which was nice. The PP in Beijing was great. The staff was more than helpful. All employees we encountered spoke English. Some were better than others, but that rings true here in the US too. The rooms were big. My wife and I had no trouble getting around in the room or bathroom. There was never a time when I was thinking, “Can you get out of the way I have to pee!” The décor was pleasing. The modern look mixed with the Asian flare was cute. There is not much of a night life in Beijing so we actually enjoyed the room. And, after a 12.5 hour flight and a 15 hour time difference we needed to catch up on some sleep. There was even english TV; 6 station all in english. There was really no negative about the hotel. Would I stay there aging? Well, yeah. We are looking to go back in October.
The best part about this hotel was the value. We only paid $100USD a night for 5 nights. Other hotels were running $175USD to $225USD a night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel is a modern oasis, ideal for both leisure and business guests with 216 rooms. Centrally located in the heart of Beijing's bustling and developing cultural, commercial, business and entertainment district, the hotel is within walking distance of the Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing shopping street. Rooms all feature stunning views of the city skyline and complimentary high-speed Internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel Beijing
- Park Plaza Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Park Plaza