Luxury hotels in China? Who would have thought that the old communist regime would so openly embrace the life of luxury?
by drbauer2000 on May 12, 2006
In the heart of Beijing, within comfortable walking distance of Tiananmen Square is a bastion of consumerism. The Peninsula Palace Hotel is as opulent and luxurious as any capitalist could want. And yet, it's rather affordable by US standards. A good room can be booked for around $250, not cheap, but certainly less than its sister property in Chicago. A room on the Magnificent Mile at the Peninsula Chicago can easily run $500 or more. I felt the service and amenities were just as nice in Beijing, perhaps on a less grandiose scale. The lobby is surrounded by an upscale set of boutiques including Hermes, Tiffany, Ferragamo, etc. Actually, I saw no one shopping in them. But they do set the tone. The concierge desk was a mini-travel agency, booking daily tours, helping with in-country flights. The pool and fitness areas were gorgeous, a nice way to start the day. The room itself was decorated and designed with a feng shui expertise that enhanced our entire experience. If you are planning a trip to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, I would try to get a reservation now, it could easily be sold out a year in advance.
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