3 Days in Beijing: On my bucket list. I have cancer and I am taking my 13 year old son to Beijing to share the wonders of the world together. I am a food and travel writer so whilst we are there we will be recording our shared travel stories. My focus is to experience comfort and travel with a teenager. We like the food experience and enjoy comforts when we are traveling.
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, China
Beijing 100025, China
Tel: 86 10 5908 6688, Fax: 86 10 5908 6699
You don't have to seek out some stone guesthouse in a crumbling old hutong to immerse yourself in Beijing culture. The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, while obviously Western-oriented, has a youthful energy that mirrors Beijing's burgeoning society. Located in China Central Place, a massive development of luxury condos, office towers, and malls, the JW elegantly bridges the gap between expat bankers and Chinese moguls, business and Bulgari. In lieu of the staid lobby piano music of similar hotels, the JW brings in a lounge-y DJ for the after-work crowd of well-heeled expats, Chinese professionals, and hotel guests. The 549 rooms have functional work spaces with ergonomic chairs as well as sexy sunken tubs whose glass walls peep into the bedroom. The decor is a soothing antidote to the chaos of Beijing: Light moss and copper throws sit atop fluffy white duvets and down pillows, and the marble bathrooms have soothing rain-forest showerheads. The service is efficient and reliable. Be sure to make time for the QUAN Spa, whose softly lit pool, whirlpool, and aromatic steam room are so relaxing you might not even need to book a treatment. Also on-site are three restaurants: the expense-account CRU Steakhouse, the French/Continental Pinot Brasserie, and the more casual Asia Bistro, which has a theaterlike open kitchen with cooking stations.—Colleen Clark
Tel: 86 10 5208 6040