Capital Hotel Beijing
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- Location:Beijing Railway Station,WangFujing Shopping Street,Qianmen ,Tiananmen Square
- Address:3 Qian Men, East Avenue,Beijing, China
- Tel:010-58159988 (Book this hotel, call 800-2682918)
- Hotel Name in Chinese:北京首都大酒店
- Lowest Price: $127
Originally built as a much smaller hotel in 1989 – corresponding to one of the current two right-angled wings that form the Capital Hotel Beijing of today – standing on the edge of Beijing's Qianmen District, the completely renovated and expanded Capital Hotel Beijing, along with the completely revamped and renovated Qianmen District itself (see the note at the end of the next paragraph), was part of the remake of the capital city during the lead-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, just as London has undergone similar drastic changes in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The current Capital Hotel Beijing consists of the old but significantly remade hotel (Tower A), which reopened in 2006, and the entirely new wing, Tower B, of course (and note that Tower A was remade to resemble the outer appearance of the planned new Tower B), which opened a year later, in 2007. The new Capital Hotel Beijing quickly attained its current 5-star status. Note that the old hutong quarter of Qianmen, in its entirely, had to make way for the modernization of the city (a hutong is a grid-like network of ancient Siheyuan courtyard dwellings... the name hutong literally means "alleyway"; but in the Siheyuan sense, alleyways that serve as "city" streets connecting a network of old Siheyuan courtyard dwellings, most of which were walled in, and were accessible only from the alleyway).
Other, more preservation-worthy hutongs elsewhere have been preserved by local or provincial governments, or by the state. One further short historical note: "Qianmen" is the modern name for the South Gate of the Forbidden City, which tells you roughly where the Qianmen District lies!
The Capital Hotel Beijing stands in the heart of downtown Beijing, near the hustling and bustling Wangfujing shopping district, not far from historical landmarks such as the Forbidden City/ Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Hall of the People and the History Museum. Capital Hotel Beijing is but a 5-minute drive from Beijing (Central) Train Station and a 45-minute taxi ride from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
Counting both wings, Capital Hotel Beijing has 596 tastefully designed and decorated guestrooms to choose from. All of the hotel's spacious rooms and suites are in a traditional Qing style decor with elaborately carved dark hardwood furnishings, and are equipped with the latest in modern amenities such as air conditioning, cable/ satellite TV, direct-dial telephones, in-room safes large enough to house a laptop, mini bars, refrigerators, broadband Internet access, and – not to be sneezed at – complimentary newspapers and slippers that will help make your stay at the Capital Hotel Beijing feel a little bit like 'home away from home'.
If there is any single feature that distinguishes the Capital Hotel Beijing from home, it's the hotel's dizzying array of 7 different restaurants and cafés to choose from (combined, they could feed a goodly portion of downtown Beijing on any given weekday!).
The Coffee House – is located in the NE lobby of Tower A. It serves an à la carte menu of popular Asian and Western specialties, and is especially popular for its buffet breakfast, with oodles of pastries to choose from. Did we forget to mention that the Coffee House serves piping hot coffee all day long? Open 06:30 – 10:00; thereafter anything on the menu can be ordered via the hotel's 24/7 Room Service. Seats all the early birds who can make it at any given point in time.
The Food Court – is located in the SE lobby of Tower B and serves authentic northern China fare from the Beijing area. A very popular lunch venue, the Food Court serves Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 and Dinner 17:30 – 22:00. Seats 100.
The Four Seasons – is located in the east part of the lobby of Tower A (note that Reception is located in Tower A) close to the Lobby Bar and with a view to the Inner Garden, replete with lush greenery, age-old ginkgo trees and a cascading waterfall that spills from pool to pool until it reaches ground level. Serves a lavish buffet breakfast as well as lunch and dinner from a broad range of local Beijing and international entrées. Serves Breakfast 06:30 – 10:00, Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 and Dinner 17:30 – 22:00. Seats 110.
The Xiang Xinyuan – is located in the NE lobby of Tower A. Serves authentic Sichuan cuisine, one of China's favorite "southern" cuisines (and one of China's Eight Great Cuisine Schools). Serves Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 and Dinner 17:30 – 22:00. Seats 100.
It's time for something to wet the whistle...
The Lobby Bar – is located in the east part of the lobby of Tower A near, as we know, the Four Seasons/ the Inner Garden. Serves a range of drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – coffee, tea, cakes and various snacks, both local and international. Open 08:30 – 24:00. A great venue for a quick pick-me-upper, or a relaxed take-me-downer.
Now for some hardcore cuisine...
The Vigor Abalone – is located on the 2nd storey of Tower A, and, as the astute fishmonger among you will already have divined, is named after certain bottom-dwelling, shell-covered snails, molluscs and other similar devilishly tasty denizens of the deeply rolling deep, typically referred to by more common names such as Venus ears, sea ears, ear shells, mutton fish and mutton shells. The kitchen of the Vigor Abalone, supervised by Master Chef Liang Cheng Wei, also serves up other, more familiar Asian dishes such as Bird's Nest and Dim Sum, as well as a wide range of famous Cantonese dishes. Serves (Dim Sum) Breakfast 07:00 – 11.00, Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 and Dinner 17:30 – 22:00. Seats 208. The best thing in seafood outside the harbor restaurants of France's charming Bay of Biscay seaport, La Rochelle! (known as the Pertuis d'Antioche in Roman times).
The Ristorante Bologna – is located on the 20th storey of Tower A, which might be reason enough to dine there regardless of the quality of the food. On the latter score, the Ristorante Bologna is an award-winning restaurant serving hearty, authentic Italian fare that excels both in food and service. And, not to forget, with a dazzlingly panoramic 20th storey view! The restaurant's signature dishes include: Creamed Pumpkin Soup, Tuna with Penne, Spicy Beef Pizza, Braised Veal, Roast Pork Loin, Osso Buco, interesting side dishes such as grill-roasted nuts, and – of course – traditional pasta dishes, or "everything in spaghetti" – maybe even Spaghetti alla Carbonara? Serves Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 and Dinner 17:30 – 22:00. Seats 92.
The Gion – is located on the 2nd storey of Tower A, with a view to the Inner Garden. The Gion distinguishes itself with its authentic kaiseki, or French cuisine with a twist (i.e., French preparation but served à la Japanese presentation), and also distinguishes itself with its equally famous teppanyaki, or Japanese cuisine prepared on an open griddle, usually, if not always, powered by gas so as to afford the chef precise control over the heat at all times. Serves Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 and Dinner 17:30 – 22:00. Seats 110. If the Vigor Abalone is not the best thing in seafood outside the harbor restaurants of Pertuis d'Antioche, then it has to be the Gion!
That said, it's time for some hardcore drinking...
The Verona Bar – is handily located in the lobby of Tower B. The Verona, as the name suggests, is an Italian-style bar. Not necessarily suggested, but true, the charming Verona is designed to exude romantic ambience as evening approaches. To achieve this, the curtains are drawn and the discreetly colored (mainly red) lanterns are lit, creating a cozy, intimate atmosphere highly conducive to social interaction. This gives 'Lady in Red' an altogether different interpretation (if you don't already know it, we humans look super-good in red light, which explains a city's certain districts of the same name... ). Serves wines in all colors and vintages as well as cocktails, beer and soft drinks that can be enjoyed with a range of uncomplicated snacks. Open 14:00 – 2 AM (like I said, for the hardcore drinker).
After all that self-indulgence, you will surely need to "indulge" in some healthy exercise...
The recreational facilities include a spa with beauty salon, and offering a range of body treatments, a well-equipped fitness center, a heated, indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a steam bath, an outdoor tennis court, a bowling alley, and a billiard room. Whew!
For your meeting, conference or banquet needs, you can choose from twelve Function Rooms that seat up to a dozen participants, two Capital Club meeting rooms seating up to 12, a Standard meeting room seating up to 36, a VIP meeting room seating up to 46 and the Grand Ballroom seating up to 400, where catering and music is also available.
When you add it all up – the location, the tastefully decorated, spacious rooms and suites with everything you could wish for in the way of amenities, the dizzying array of restaurant & bar choices, and the first-rate recreational (where else do you find a regulation-size tennis court?) as well as meeting facilities – it's hard to beat the Capital Hotel Beijing. When you add to that the hotel's very reasonable rates and its infectiously congenial atmosphere, you would be hard pressed to justify any other option than the Capital Hotel Beijing!
- Payment Method: pay using our secure online payment service or pay at the hotel at some hotels.
- Triple/quad occupancy may require an extra bed at extra cost $51.
|Hotel Services||Luggage service, Car rentals, Laundry service, Child care, Room service, Express check-in/check-out, Medical clinic service, Currency Exchange, Wake Up Call, Parking Service, 24hr Reception, Permanent English-speaking staff, , Business Centre, Copy Service, E-mail, Translation Service, Fax Service, Typing Service|
|Room Amenities||Air conditioning, AM/FM radio, Alarm clock, Color Television, Cable/satellite TV, Complimentary newspaper, Coffee/tea maker, Telephone, Hair dryer, In-room safe, Electronic Lock, Iron and ironing board, Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Bath and Shower, In-house movies, Internet access|
Hotel Amenities: Elevator, Parking, Business Floor or Executive Floor, Air-Conditioned Facilities, Indoor Swimming Pool, Beauty Salon, Sauna, Business Center, Gift Shop, Gymnasium , Billiards, Suitable for wheelchairs, Meeting Room, Ballroom, Deposit Box at Front Desk, Fire Detector, Chess & Playing Cards Room, Wifi
Dining Facilities: Chinese Restaurant, Western Restaurant, Japan Restaurant, Cafe, Bar, Lounge Bar, Cucina Italian
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- Address:3 Qian Men, East Avenue,Beijing, China
- Tel: 010-58159988