InterContinental has opened its first hotel in Beijing.
The 332-room hotel is on Financial Street in the Xicheng District of West Beijing, a financial hub where over 300 financial institutions are located. The hotel is 40km from Beijing International Airport and a ten-minute drive from cultural sites such as Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall.
It's not just the location of the InterContinental Financial Street Beijing that will attract business travellers. The hotel is the first international premium hotel on the street and offers a range of services 24 hours a day including the business centre and gym.
In addition the hotel has a spa, swimming pool, and conference facilities including a grand ballroom that has capacity for 380 people and five meeting rooms.
Guests have a range of dining options – a modern Chinese restaurant with a soup and dim sum kitchen, a New York-style coffee shop and deli and a café-style restaurant offering Asian and Western dishes. There is also a contemporary bar/lounge called XChange, which serves cocktails and new world wines and offers live entertainment.
The rooms have high-speed internet access, safe, in-room television check-out, phone with voicemail and minibar. There are also executive rooms on the hotel's Club InterContinental floors, which have butler service and separate business centre, complimentary use of meeting rooms, complimentary breakfast and evening drinks, and separate check-in.
Rates start at CNY814, which is about £57. Go to www.interconti.com.
Report by Ginny McGrath