The Westin Beijing Financial Street is strategically located in the midst of the city’s financial district and just a taxi (or train) ride away from The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing. The hotel has 483 rooms including 49 suites, each equipped with the signature Westin Heavenly Bed for a good night’s rest.
My spacious room boasted soft neutral shades with red wood accents, plush armchairs and a flat screen TV. It was both elegant and contemporary. Standard amenities included tea and coffee making facilities, work desk with ergonomic chair, high speed internet and in-room safe.
The bathroom includes a separate rainforest shower and bathtub, complete with White Tea bath amenities. I slept very well during my stay at the hotel – because the heavenly bed is specially designed to cradle and contour the body.
While The Westin Beijing Financial Street doesn’t offer an outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a dip in the hotel’s heated 25-meter pool or the whirl pool. The pool connects to the locker and changing room, where you can find separate Jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas for your enjoyment.
During my stay, I enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at Jewel, dinner at Prego and even checked out the Retrolicious brunch at both Prego and Senses. The brunch was great value for money and the spread was mind boggling. Even for me.
The Heavenly Spa fuses modern spa therapy with Chinese traditional massage in a setting that elevates each of the five senses. This was one of the best massages I’ve gone for.
There’s just something about Chinese massage that I’ve grown to love – while it isn’t as relaxing as the Balinese massage, the Chinese massage actually addressed the root of my body aches and fixed them. I felt instantly alive after the spa/massage session.
Platinum SPG members and guests of Westin Executive Club Rooms and all suites will enjoy access to the Westin Executive Club Lounge. Complimentary services include Continental breakfast, snacks during the day and pre-dinner drinks and canapés. The lounge also offers ample space for small meetings and a private meeting room.
For those who need assistance in transportation, the hotel’s concierge is more than happy to help you with that. They will hire a taxi for you and inform the driver in Mandarin of your preferred destination. You will also get a hotel card with the address and name written in Pin Yin, so the next taxi you take can send you back to the hotel without any hassle.
To cater for young children and the disabled, the hotel provides a children’s playground at Senses, childcare services (call the front desk to enquire further) and disabled friendly lift buttons and ramps at the ground floor.
I found the hotel pretty accessible as the Fuchengmen subway station is just 5 minutes away. If you’re not fond of taking the public transportation in Beijing (it can be quite a challenging experience), opt for a taxi.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay at The Westin Beijing Financial Street. If you’re travelling for work, this would be an good hotel to consider staying at. If you’re planning to stay smack in the bustling city centre, there’s another Westin in Chaoyang you might want to consider.
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The Westin Beijing Financial Street
9B Financial Street,
XiCheng District Beijing,
Beijing 100140 China.
Phone: (86)(10) 6606 8866
GPS Coordinates: N 39 55.051, E 116 21.552