Our arrival to the Shangri-La Beijing hotel actually started at the airport where were collected at the gate by a lady in blue who took us through customs and bag collection and dropped us off at the hotel car, it was a wonderful service because otherwise we would have more than likely been lost in Beijing airport for days (it’s huge!).
Once we arrived at the hotel we were taken up to the club room where we were seated and provided with cold towels and a jasmine tea.
We met the lovely Catherine who was the communications manager and were checked in by the club lounge team and shown to our room.
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We were located in the Valley Wing which feels much more private and exclusive than the Garden wing.
The luxury Valley Wing Premier Room, is very spacious at 50 sqm and comes with a large king size bed, 32 inch flat screen TV with cable and satellite TV and DVD player, working area and lounge suite to relax on after a long day exploring.
The large marble bathroom has a rainfall shower and separate bath as well as a 15 inch LCD TV in the mirror !! Which meant I couldn’t get Pete out of the bathroom!!
The floor to ceiling windows allow a good amount of light in during the day and provide for a great view of the city at night.
The Valley Wing Premier Room also gives you with exclusive access to the Valley Wing Lounge (which we go into more detail below)
Shangri-La Beijing has an 25m heated indoor pool which is perfect for doing laps and has in case been host to many swim teams and divers over the years.
Dining options –
The Shangri-La Beijing has 5 Restaurants & 3 Bars:
Café Cha – International all day buffet with an excellent sampling of Japanese, Asian, Italian and Indian dishes and desserts, they also offer an alcarte menu.
Nishimura – Authentic Japanese cuisine with a modern setting. The layout includes a sushi bar, teppanyaki in a standalone section with live culinary performances, and the largest selection of sakes in Beijing.
S.T.A.Y. – S.T.A.Y. (which stands for Simple Table Alleno Yannick) by French Chef Yannick Alléno is a dining experience through the reinterpretation of traditions and the exploration of French cuisine in a fun and interactive setting, also offering a Pastry Library where handcrafted pastries and desserts are stunningly displayed on shelves and glass cases.
The Delicatessen – Perfect for anytime of the day, this skilled team of pastry chefs create a variety of delicious cakes, pastries, breads, sandwiches, chocolates and pralines
Shang Palace – Serves authentic hung-grilled Peking Duck, people travel from all over the world to taste the Peking Duck from the Shangri-la, it is said to be the best Peking Duck in Beijing. The Peking Roast Duck is tender on the inside, crispy on the outside and rich to the palate, but not greasy. (full review of Where to get the best Peking Duck in Beijing)
Valley Wing Lounge –
The Valley Wing club lounge was amazing, the staff were very attentive and the food and wifi was amazing!
From our second day, as soon as we would walk into the lounge we would be greeted politely, the staff member would take us to our favourite table and offered to bring us our favourite drinks before we tried to order.
They served buffet breakfast and nightly canapés, both had a great selection of food and drinks. We were never without a drink and never had an empty plate in front of us.
The Chi spa was wonderful, from the moment you step off the elevator, you are put into spa mode, the lighting, the smell, the sound everything.
I had the Deep Tissue Therapy (45mins):
Prescribed strokes with steady and penetrative pressure to work deeper into the layers of muscles. Deep tissue work is nurturing and alleviates pain by restoring muscle tone, offering long-lasting results
Each of the 11 CHI suites features a changing area and rain shower, bathing and relaxation spaces
Located near the financial district, Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, is an excellent hub from which to experience Beijing.
The hotel is approx 35 kilometres from Beijing Capital Airport and takes approx 40 minutes from the airport to the hotel.
One of the hotel’s biggest selling points is its magnificent hotel garden, and we couldn’t agree more. wondering around the garden makes you totally forget that you are in the middle of a bustling city, it’s very peaceful and calm.
Staff worth a Special mention –
Oh wow, where to start on this one!!
Alex, Amy, Nicole, Jennifer, Bonnie, Linda and Phylis from the Valley Wing club lounge, especially Alex who was very helpful on a daily basis and make sure to do everything possible to make I feel comfortable.
We had some unfortunate issues where we booked the wrong flights (not the hotels fault) and after stressing a worrying because of language barriers and being unable to pounce the cities we needed to travel to, we went down to concierge and bumped into Catherine the communications manager who we have been in contact with while planning this trip as well as a enjoying lovely lunch with her the day before.
I explained our problem and she took us over to concierge and did her best to communicate between us, concierge and the airline.
Needless to say they were able to assist in getting out flight cancelled so that we could re book another flight. I should also mention this after approx 6pm at night, Catherine did not look rushed or worried by the time.
Did the hotel fulfil our requests? –
We didn’t have any special requests before arriving to the hotel and we didn’t request anything outside of the ordinary during our stay. However I’m sure if we had, the hotel would have been more than accommodating.
Did we have any issues during our stay –
No at all, everything really was perfect.
Would we stay here again? –
In a heartbeat!! We loved our stay, especially the club lounge, the service was impeccable!
General Summary –
The Shangri-La Beijing is not just for business people, as luxury leisure guest we felt right at home, all of our needs were taken care of and all of the staff we came in contact with were very professional and friendly.
I can’t forget to mention the ridiculously AMAZING chandeliers are and they are everywhere!!! The Shangri-La really pride themselves on grand entrances and over the top (in a good way!) chandeliers hanging from the roof.
One thing I really loved was the Giant teddy in the lobby another with a few smaller teddy’s signed by various celebrities, these are then auctioned off and the funds go to the Beijing Experimental School for the Deaf, which provides training skills and job opportunities to students who are deaf or hearing impaired.
29 Zizhuyuan Road,
Beijing, 100089, China
T:(86 10) 6841 2211
F:(86 10) 6841 8002/3
Disclaimer: Thank you to the Shangri-La Beijing who kindly hosted us for one night (the 2nd night and activities were paid out of our own pockets) . All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.