The Grand Hyatt Beijing is a modern hotel and the center of Oriental Plaza built in 2001 by Li Ka Shing (richest man in China). It is conveniently located above a massive mall of shops and restaurants, but more importantly, it is only about 2-3 blocks from the Forbidden City.
The lobby, like other big hotels in China, is big and grand:
We booked this hotel for its proximity to the Forbidden City, its familiar chain, and because it offered a room that could accommodate all four of us. In fact, the room turned out to be a two-bedroom, two-bath mini-suite – but more of a 2BD/2BA kitchenette, complete with a small kitchen and large central living room.The bedrooms and bathrooms were both nice. The living room and kitchen seemed a bit sparse and underwhelming but functional. We would have preferred to have larger bedrooms and a smaller or no central living space, but it was fine (no good photos to show). The girls were delighted, however, to find complimentary plush pandas on their beds.
Breakfast was included with our rate, and it was good. On-demand omelettes and a big fare of various foodstuffs kept everyone going for the day. We did not eat lunch or dinner at the hotel.
The pool was another story… The pool was completely indoor and located in the second basement… not sounding like a good start, but in our ten-year-old’s words, So awesome.
The grotto-like pool is like something from Las Vegas, with a ceiling of twinkly fiber optic lighted stars on a painted blue-pink-sunset-like palette.
The freeform 50-meter long pool (that’s about 150 feet to you and me) snakes along the edge with two hot tubs tucked among the fake rocks and tropical plants. The bottom of the pool is covered with dark blue and gold tiles and a central waterfall creates the sound of falling water mixed with the piped-in frogs and birds.
Room service at the pool? Yep. Tired of swimming? Slip off to the locker room for a dip into the 15′ x 15′ jacuzzi or have a steam.
The Grand Hyatt Beijing is a great hotel and conveniently located near the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square as well as shopping. It also easily accommodated our family of 4.
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