Our flight on Delta's brand new A350 landed in Beijing just after 3:00 PM. Elizabeth and I made our way through immigration, customs, and then to the official taxi queue. I did some research prior to our arrival and found out that it’s best to have the address of your hotel in Chinese symbols to avoid confusion. Luckily, a representative from the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central had e-mailed me before our stay and their address was listed in his signature. Elizabeth and I printed it off, gave it to our taxi driver, and it worked like a charm.
Our hotel was about 20 miles from the airport but it took us close to two hours to get there in bumper to bumper traffic. We finally pulled up to the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central close to 6:00 PM. The first thing I noticed about the hotel was it's curb appeal. It had a sleek all glass entrance with shiny revolving door.
The left side of the lobby had a small seating area and a couple of art installations and the right side housed the check-in desk and the concierge. There was also a bigger lounge area with a bar around either corner.
Our check in process went fairly smooth despite the obvious language barrier. For the most part I thought the hotel staff did a really good job speaking English. They didn’t explain a lot of the hotel's features or elite benefits, but they got the basics across and gave me an English letter explaining the rest.
Elizabeth and I were upgraded to an Executive Deluxe room and assigned room 1531 on the 15th floor.
The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central had one of those eco-friendly hotel features where you have to insert your room key before you can turn on the lights. When the key is removed you have about five minutes before everything shut off.
There were two closets located on the left side of the entryway. One was more of a wardrobe to hang some clothes and the other one had a small dresser and a safe.
The bathroom was located past the two closets. It had a single sink with a large vanity, bathtub, rain forest shower, and a toilet.
I didn’t use the tub, but the shower had fantastic temperature control and water pressure. It was great to have a nice bathroom to come back to after experiencing more traditional Chinese bathrooms throughout Beijing.
The bathroom was appointed with Aromatherapy amenities. In addition to your basic body wash, shampoo, and conditioner they also provided a plethora of other amenities like shaving and dental kits.
Through the entryway was the main part of the room. Our room had a king size bed and a couch along the left wall and a desk, dresser, and television along the right wall.
There was a nice welcome amenity consisting of coconut water, an apple, and some sort of snack bars waiting for us on the coffee table.
Behind the curtains was a large window extending the length of the room. We had a nice view of the buildings across the street from us. The curtains were great for blocking out sunlight and we didn't have any trouble sleeping in.
There was one 110V outlet on each side of the bed and one next to the desk.
There was also a mini bar with some snacks and a coffee and tea maker.
As a Marriott Rewards Gold Elite Member, I was eligible for free breakfast for myself and one other guest. We could choose to have breakfast in the Executive Lounge or in the hotels main restaurant the JW Kitchen on the fourth floor. The JW Kitchen had a beautiful dining area and an extensive breakfast spread. They had just about every western and Chinese food option under the sun so I’ll let my pictures do the talking.
As I mentioned above we also had access to the Executive Lounge on the 15th floor. The lounge had a handful of different services throughout the day including:
- Breakfast 6:00 - 10:30 a.m.
- Afternoon Tea 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
- Cocktails 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
- Hors D'oeuvres 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
They also had an all day selection of refreshments, whole fruits, and cookies. The Executive Lounge was a beautiful space with a variety of dining tables, lounge chairs, a business area, and an outdoor patio.
The lounge also had an extensive food selection for both breakfast and hors d'oeuvres. I actually thought the term hors d'oeuvres doesn't do it justice because it was more like a full on dinner buffet. There were a handful of entrees and they even had a made-to-order pasta bar one night! The pictures below are from breakfast because it was the best time to photograph.
The rest of the hotel's facilities were located on the 19th floor. They had a spa, indoor pool and a gym.
I didn’t use the spa during my stay, but the pool area and the gym were both very nice.
I had a great stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central. I know it sounds crazy but I think this property is up there with some of my other favorites like the Park Hyatt Sydney and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. The staff was friendly, our room was great and the free breakfast and Executive Lounge really made our stay.
What's your favorite hotel in Beijing?