Located at the north end of Beijing’s Wangfujing Street, famous for its huge department stores, this five star hotel is the perfect place to stay whilst checking out China’s capital city. Prime Hotel is one of the best hotels in the area and at affordable prices, I just had to check it out.
On arrival I was greeted by staff in a huge and spacious lobby with a water fountain at the heart. Check in here was swift and the staff did speak basic English for the international visitor. Also in the lobby is the best place to relax and have a hot drink or even a beer at the bar where the waitresses are very eager to serve visitors needs.
Away from the beers, I had a room on the fifth floor and elevators are very swift to getting me to the level. Security level is high here and the hotel is kitted out with high tech security features from door locks to safes. I booked a superior room for my one night stay before heading back to Europe and I was in for a treat. With a huge king size bed which was very comfortable with large pillows, I was really made to feel at home. There was plenty of floor space (which is good for me to sort out my luggage items before a long haul flight), television to watch (all digital but everything in Chinese and sometimes the odd international news channel to the usual mini-bar, plenty of wardrobe space, iron, ironing board plus a computer for interneting).
The bathroom was amazing, I totally loved the decor and the marble used. There were the usual free toiletries plus extras like condoms (but for a small fee of course). The shower was refreshing, in fact I could use the word, AWESOME! Never a shower felt so good with Beijing’s air pollution problems. Really felt refreshed and ready to rock the world after a soapy wash.
The breakfast was quite good and caters for western visitors and those from home. There is the usual hot and cold buffets providing cereals, hot food, cold meats to a chef who will make visitors omelettes on the spot (and they are very yummy).
Another reason I stayed here is that I was a five minute walk from the nearest subway station (Dongsi – on lines 5 & 6) but also the Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square is about a twenty minute walk from the hotel (at the other end of the shopping street), there is plenty of eating out options around here and across the road is the National Art Museum of China. Also the hotel is located (as I call it), the Northern Side of the City, so getting to the airport or even the Great Wall of China by taxi is good (but not at peak times).
I had a really fantastic stay here at Prime Hotel and felt totally refreshed and ready for the long haul flight back to Europe. The staff were ever so friendly and had everything I need or expected from a five star hotel. It’s not a question of IF with I return to Beijing, its WHEN, and when I do, I would certainly stay here again. Just to note, I booked my stay with booking.com.
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My time at the Prime Hotel Beijing was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in any way by the company. The opinions in this post are my own.