The Room: Club level rooms aren’t typically much different than standard rooms (if at all), but the “standard” at Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport appears to be better than most. Being a NYC area based site we do our best to be objective about size. Our city’s hotel rooms and apartments are notoriously tiny, so when we open the door to 400+ square feet of living space it’s hard to know where to start.
But I’ll try.
The french windows are fantastic. Whatever sun that cuts through the daytime smog of outer Beijing provides some much needed brightness after being cooped up in a windowshades-down airplane environment for several hours. Rays can be soaked up in the cozy chaise near the window or as far away as your “Dream Big” bed or your standard-sized work area.
Work is easy with a standard sized desk, comfortable swivel chair and solid wi-fi (complimentary to club level guests or for a fee in the equivalent non-club level room). The hotel sells “IP telephony” as a perk, but the advanced touch screen interface was a 2 day learning curve on a one night stay. Granted, I wasn’t really trying but damnit, I just want to call room service.
Washroom: There’s decent space in your washroom and some nice perks. A deep plasticky soaker tub may not be tightly attached to the ground but might be nice for unwinding with a mini-bar chardonnay. You’ve got a choice between rainfall or hand-held shower heads in the shower and bathrobes and slippers when you’re done. Our slippers were already laid out for us on arrival…or still there from the last guest, we’re not sure.
Amenities: Bath amenities are by Miller Harris a London cosmetics outfit from London. The bar soap is worth stealing, the shampoo, gel and lotion are worth leaving. These are good amenities but not a sub-30z. gem worth stuffing in your carry-on.
Service: If you’re not recording every inch of the lobby with a video camera, you won’t likely get the same stares from staff that I did. Front desk staff seemed a bit confused on check-in and had trouble with their computer so things took a little longer than normal on our visit. Everyone was very friendly, though and the courteousness continued from room service to restaurant staff. Wi-fi/Connectivity: Club level wi-fi is complimentary and there’s also a ethernet connection if you still prefer to plug-in.
Overall: We didn’t really have much of a chance to take advantage of the split-level multizone “Club L”, the real benefit of booking a club level room. What’s great about it is the 24 hour buffet spread. While we can’t speak to it’s quality, the buffet promises something for sky-weary travelers arriving any time of day or night. Our brief look at the lounge sold us on it’s value but only if you’ll have time to make use of it. Otherwise, a standard “Essential Place ” room should do.
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