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8 Yong An Dong Li
Tel: 866 551 5659
Tel: 86 10 8511 7777
It's located in the heart of Beijing's Central Business District, but the all-glass, rose gold-colored Fairmont pops out from the surrounding office buildings. Inside, the hotel is all understated beiges, creams, and gold, and in the lobby, a 52-foot-long glass sculpture of a fish, the Chinese symbol of wealth and prosperity. The 222 sophisticated and sun-drenched rooms and suites are decorated with local accents such as carved lacquer boxes and embroidered pillows, and smart functional touches including desks equipped with USB/fax/printer ports and a multi-plug adapter, as well as a Bose sound system, and complimentary Nespresso machine. The elegant marble bathrooms have gilded fittings, and you'll soak for hours in the enormous sunken bathtub, which comes complete with its own flat-screen TV. There is even a "bath sommelier" if don't want to draw your own; in fact, all of guest services have been streamlined into one central number, the Royal Service, which means that no matter your request, you need only touch one button to find an attendantspeaking remarkably good Englishat your disposal.
Which room to book: Signature Suites are on either corner of the building and have the best views of Beijing's CBD.
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