February 7, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Beijing Hotel NUO in Beijing, China
Built in the 1900s, Beijing Hotel NUO has long stood as an icon of Beijing's historical heritage. The venue of many significant political and cultural events, it has become one of Beijing's most distinguished addresses. Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights. It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing railway station and less than five minutes from Wangfujing subway station.
Beijing Hotel NUO epitomises elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in 171 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous culinary creations to delight every palate, state-of-the-art meeting and banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor swimming pool.
Location of Beijing Hotel NUO
Nearest Airport: NAY
Reviews for Beijing Hotel NUO
The Nuo hotel Sunday brunch was an amazing experience for me. The food spread was just fabuluos that ranged from Asian, middle eastern, Indian to european food. I liked the middle eastern segment most. However, the other foods were also very nice. Moreover, it included some really nice caviar. The staff were really friendly, and the ambience very good. Overall it was a very good experience
Iâ€™m frequently traveling to Beiijng and stayed several times at the original NUO Hotel in the Lido area, which is fantastic and I really love. Decided to try the Beijing Hotel Nuo as it was quite recently taken over from Raffles, so I assumed nothing would go wrong. As mentioned in earlier posts, the location of this property is its greatest asset. In the heart of Beijing and a stroll away from many of Beijingâ€™s major attractions, near Wangfujing subway station (given that traffic is awful on ChangAn Avenue most of the day, the subway is the best option to get around). Now for the hotel as such. Yes, the heritage building looks like a grand old dame from bygone days, and it is facing Beijingâ€™s largest avenue, but it seems that only few rooms are actually part of this area. At check-in I was told politely that my room was located in the â€˜back buildingâ€™ (which sounds so promising, doesn't it). My GHA Discovery Black Membership was not acknowledged (actually the front office clerk was not aware of any loyalty program) and no benefits were extended, although I had the travel agent send my number during reservation, and I presented my card at check-in. So, I ended up in the â€˜back buildingâ€™, which I honestly found weird, ugly and cavernous, and although the place doesn't seem that old, it definitely didn't age very well. Not sure how well the hotel is doing, but during my entire stay, I hardly crossed any other guests ,just a few at breakfast. The room was very spacious but dark and gave me the impression of arriving in one of those chinese state guest houses. It had the smell of old buildings and many fixtures were in an appalling state. The wardrobe was chipped all over and was literally falling apart, sink holes ducked off with dirty tape, shower cubicle tiles stained, bath robe belts worn out, etc. I usually don't bother posting pictures of the hotels I stay, but here I feel compelled to make an exception. The A/C was set at nearly 30Â°C and impossible to adjust, not easy to have a good night sleep. The control panel for the lights, just as all appliances in the room was outdated and it took a while to figure out how it works (better use the door knob â€˜do not disturbâ€™ sign, as red lights are on whole day on all room doors and canâ€™t be switched off ). The mini bar was well stocked, but no coffee available, not even instant, while even 4 star properties in China are offering coffee making facilities nowadays. Bathroom amenities were top notch though, the same as in the original NUO hotel. Overall the food was good, both room service and breakfast, and service friendly. But the continuous shouting of the cooks and waiters from one end of the restaurant to the other during breakfast is more appropriate in a local food joint than in a 5-star hotel outlet. The fitness was just OK but does not have lockers, (a first for me in China) let alone sauna or steam room. The pool is in dire need of a thorough deep cleaning, and urgent renovation, missing tiles, cracked wooden panels, chipped paint, all what you don't want to see in a pool area. Pool locker room was tiny and basic, I skipped the showers as the stench was unbearable (took one when back in my room). Not surprising then that the whole place was so desolate. It is hard to believe that this hotel was not so long ago a Raffles, but even harder to believe that NUO would put up its name on the facade before completely refurbishing the entire property, as it is in real need of it. This definitely doesn't bode well for their aim of becoming an iconic Chinese luxury hotel brand. Rather the opposite, there are enough regular local hotels along ChangAn , at more reasonable rates. Too bad, their first hotel was such a statement â€¦ this is a case study of brand damaging.
19261977 - Shanghai Region, China
The crew in this hotel are very polite and the food in its restaurant was perfect. Reception is so helpful in case you need any kind of help like taking taxi or searching for an address. You can go to Wangfujing by 5 min walking.
AliSaadatpour - Shiraz, Iran
We chose this hotel because of the location - walking distance to forbidden palace, subway round the corner and next to Wangfujing. seriously convenient location especially if ur keen to travel around by subway. So 5 stars for location. Otherwise... everything else is 4 Star, pretty good but not great. has the potential to be a top notch colonial style hotel (which I suspect it was when under Raffles), but I have the feeling that itâ€™s a victim of cost cutting by its current Chinese management - a dried up water feature in the atrium, loose drain cover in the shower which u have to avoid stepping on lest u fall into the hole while showering, broken window latch in the room, aircon set at 15 degrees (lowest) and still sweating at night etc. u get my gist. Instead, attempts are made to cover up for these faults by displaying artwork and tea which can only be afforded by the neuvo-rich. Having said that, the rooms are a good size with our deluxe room more like a suite, and also at a more competitive price than an equivalent international hotel. We did feel that we got what we paid for (in a good way). Would we stay here again - possibly, because of the location.
nuhkol - melbourne
The hotel is very well positioned for the tourist sites. My suite was large and comfortable and the public areas have old world charm. However,my particular praise goes to the general manager Gerrit. On our return from the Great Wall we were desperate for a G & T only to find the bar was booked for a private function, he personally whisked us through to the restaurant found us a comfy tables and arranged for the drinks to be brought through. He seemed to appear out of nowhere if there was a problem and like magic all was made right. Congratulations Gerrit on an extremely well run hotel.
Leone H - Sydney, Australia