Shangri-la hotel, Beijing: class and style in the chinese capital

Beijing Shangri-la garden

For many visitors, a visit to Beijing is limited to the city’s eastern half, which does indeed hold enough attraction to keep people busy for an entire stay. However, Beijing does not begin or end at the Forbidden City; the city’s western half has a lot to offer as well and is well worth some exploration.

Eat in style

A great base for seeing western Beijing is Shangri-la hotel Beijing, with all the class of its sister property China World Hotel on the other side of town. Shangri-la Beijing’s recently opened Valley Wing elevates luxury to a new level; rooms are exquisitely appointed with state of the art design elements; they are also quiet and private. The Valley Wing is basically a hotel within a hotel, connected to the original building but with a character all its own. Also full of character as well as delectable dishes, is the excellent Café Cha, which, as its name implies, takes its tea seriously and accompanies it with a panoply of luxury foods like lobsters (halved for easy eating) and exquisite desserts. A variety of national cuisines both Eastern and Western are part of the foodstravaganza.

TV embedded in the bathroom mirror

The obvious success of the Valley Wing concept has seen it applied to several Shangri-la properties. In the highly competitive world of business travel, the stakes must be continually raised in order to stay ahead of the competition. As would be expected, Shangri-la succeeds admirably in this respect, offering a full array of services for its guests, including the city’s only CHI spa, Shangri-la’s signature spa treatment facility.

Beijing Shangri-la is full of smart design elements
Lest you think there is nothing to do on this side of town, take note that the hotel has its own dragon boat, which in season takes guests from a nearby canal to the magnificent Summer Palace in Beijing’s northwest. The canal is a five-minute walk from the hotel and is located directly in front of the very atmospheric temple complex that has been transformed into the Beijing Art Museum Gallery.
Valley Wing suite
Source = Mr. eTraveller
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