Fairmont Beijing

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  1. igloocoder
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    igloocoder Silver Member

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    Just finished my first night at the hotel and figured I would start a thread about it.

    Getting there
    From the airport, take the Airport Express (25 yuan) to the final station (Dongzhimen). That station is connected to subway Line 2. Buy a ticket (2 yuan) from the machines or the small manned booth to the right of the machines. Get on in the direction of the Beijing Railway Station. You'll want to get off at the Jianguomen stop (3rd one after boarding). At that station, connect to the Line 1 station and board in the direction of Sihui. You'll get off one station later (Yong'anli). Exit the station via door 'C'. Once on the surface there will be a street to your right. Take that street for about 2 blocks (as guidance, head to the Canadian flag). At the first major intersection you come to the hotel will be housed in the far side of the building that spans over the intersection.

    I booked the lowest price room available one month out. I applied my free night and a suite upgrade. I was placed in a large suite that contains two bathrooms, a large walk-in closet and a bedroom the size of many hotel rooms. Probably most confusing is the array of oddly placed buttons for controlling lights, curtains and other things. Perhaps it was the jetlag, but it took a bit of figuring out to find the right button to make the room dark. Hopefully I remember to come back and add some pictures tonight.
    Living room​


    Walk-in closet​

    Bathroom viewed from bedroom​

    I arrived at approximately 2pm and was greeted by both the check-in clerk and the guest relation staff who was paged. Both wished me a warm welcome and a happy birthday (which I'd forgotten about). The guest relation staffer escorted me to my room, thanked me profusely for being a Platinum member (which I will be again thanks to this stay and the AC SE offer), and offered any and all help she could. In the room there was a standard welcome card from the General Manager as well as a second card from him wishing me a happy birthday as well.

    Later in the afternoon one of the doormen and a guest relation staffer assisted me in getting a SIM card, calling China Mobile and configuring everything. They even ensured that I had a very lucky phone number.

    I tried the main restaurant in a haze of jetlag and the service was extraordinary. Perhaps too much attention was given. The restaurant manager served me and with every plate added or removed from the table time was spent adjusting those that remained to ensure that the table was set in an optimal fashion. I'd definitely recommend two things I tried: Chicken Tikka sushi with mint chutney and the BBQ Pork Fairmont Style. Both had fantastic and unexpected flavours.

    The proximity to the subway is fantastic. There's not a lot of stuff right in the immediate area, but getting to anything should be simple. I will find out shortly as I head out to explore and take a cooking class.

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