Friday, January 20, 2012

Winter in China: Novotel Beijing Peace


Since the mistake rate for Hotel G was only available for our first night in Beijing, we moved to Novotel Beijing Peace for the rest of our time in Beijing. I chose the hotel primarily for its ideal location right by Wangfujing (wish we had booked at the Hilton though but it costs 3 time mores) giving us easy access to shopping, restaurants, subway and the Forbidden Palace.

We arrived early at the hotel at ten in the morning but the only rooms available at that time were smoking rooms which we declined. There was no mention of my Aclub Platinum status during check-in and had my request for upgrade rejected citing that the hotel as operating at full capacity. I wasn't having any expectation for any upgrades since it wasn't per the Aclub rules and hearing about similar experiences both on flyertalk and tripadvisor.

Hotel Lobby
We booked the cheapest room in the hotel and were allocated a room in the west wing of the hotel. It was somewhat annoying to get to our rooms. One had to walk up some stairs, proceed to the west wing and then only take an elevator up to the floor our rooms were in.

Our rooms were adequate at best and I guess we got what we paid for. The room was small but it didn't bother us since we weren't in the hotel most of the time. There were 2 bottles of water provided daily. All rooms in the hotel comes with wired internet, with wireless only available in the lobby. The internet speed however left much to be desired.

We did visit the gym that was pretty well equipped and the indoor heated pool but was just too tired to use it after a long day exploring Beijing.

Our room rate included breakfast in the main restaurant. The selection was pretty extensive with both western and Chinese selections. The fresh made waffles were to die for and I kept going back for seconds. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Yum..

In summary, I will look at other options if I do come back to Beijing due to the lack of Aclub recognition. Overall, it is an okay hotel and for the price one is paying, the location is superb.

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