Life Inside the Wall, The Marriott Beijing City Wall
A couple of weeks ago we showed you the view we had of the W Chang'An Beijing right from our room across the street. So what did our room with a vieW look like? Read more about it below.
First of all, the hotel we stayed at was the Marriott Beijing City Wall, which opened in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics and takes its name from being adjacent to the remaining ancient Ming Dynasty City Wall. Yet with 649 rooms and suites, the hotel is a massive structure, and feels like it; it's an imposing building, there are two entrances along the main driveway, and separate elevator banks per tower.
While you may not come here for a small boutique hotel experience, what you will find is reliability, and, as we found, surprisingly personal service for a hotel of this size. The concierge team and doormen look after guests very well; every time you leave the hotel you'll receive a folded card with the hotel details, and inside a number of key points of interest in the city in English and Chinese.
If you need to go somewhere else, they'll arrange everything with a taxi driver to make sure you get to where you want to go. It might sound very straightforward, but trust us when we say that in a city like Beijing navigational support is very welcome.
The room you see in the pictures is an Executive Deluxe Room, which was quite spacious, with a sitting area, comfy king size bed, and desk to work from near the window. We particularly loved the bathroom, which had a big bathtub, a separate rain-shower complete with marble bench, and nice wooden shutters (behind the glass wall) to separate it from the bedroom. Would you wake up in your room, look around, and think: "I'm in China?" Probably not. But we suspect most of the hotel's guests don't stay here for that reason.
Our room came with access to the Executive lounge on the top floor of our "tower", which had the usual seating arrangements, food presentations, and amenities you can expect from a Marriott hotel. Views ranged from - again - the direction of the new W Chang'An to one of Beijing's major railway stations.
Our major gripe with the hotel? Color us surprised: no free internet in the room. We wait for the day that particular annoyance in hotels is but a distant memory....
Rates at the Marriott Beijing City Wall start at around $194 a night.