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The Rosewood Beijing is a stylish, spacious and very comfortable hotel in the fun nightlife district of Sanlitun, within striking distance of Beijing’s main attractions.
There are 283 very generously sized rooms and suites with marble bathrooms spread across five storeys, and all filled with the same Oriental ephemera - from books to vases and porcelain figures - that also adorn the hallways and even lifts, creating a very homely feel.
The excellent on-site restaurants include some of Beijing's finest, from Country Kitchen which specialises in Northern Chinese cuisine (the Peking Duck is a must) to Red Bowl where chefs cook a selection of meats, seafood and veg hot pots at the table. Elsewhere, for a European foodie fix Bistrot B has an open kitchen and serves classic French cuisine accompanied by old world wines, while House of Dynasties is all about Cantonese cooking prepared by chefs at slick cooking stations and a mean lunchtime dim sum menu.
For drinks, guests can head to Bistrot B's lounge Bar (which sells pastries and afternoon tea by day) for Asian-influenced cocktails, or take the private elevator up the outside of the hotel to Mei, a bar with superb views of the CCTV Tower and serving a wide range of drinks and tapas while live musicians or DJs play.
Guests can also relax by the lovely pool, located on the sixth floor and which is guarded by an elegant dragon sculpture by Chinese artist Liyongfei. The Rosewood Spa offers a wide range of treatments from massages to coix seed facials and designed using Oriental ingredients such as Tibetan rosewood and lotus seeds.
From the second you walk in you feel like this is possibly the buzziest hotel in Beijing, with very friendly staff who speak good English. I loved it.
Frances, Original Traveller