I arrive at the Park Hyatt in Beijing about half an hour later than I had hoped.
I think of what Gandalf would say in such a situation. “A wizard is never late,
nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.” But this hardly
applies here – this is real life. Also, I am no wizard (got you fooled). The only
thing I can think of is that I am fashionably late. Of course, I did just
get out of the plane and my attire was more comfy than dressy, more slouchy
than fashionable. But my unfashionable fashion was the least of my worries once
I saw the view. May I remind myself in the future, I need to live on the 63rd floor
one day. To say that the view is breathtaking is an understatement.
The Park Hyatt in Beijing is located within the Beijing Yintai Centre in the
Chaoyang District of the Beijing city centre. The hotel is situated near historic
landmarks such as the Beihai Park, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Don’t fancy
walking around that much? Beneath the hotel there’s a shopping centre for your shopping
What is most special about the hotel is the outlook on the Beijing skyline.
The Park Hyatt building is the tallest skyscraper of Chang An Avenue,
providing you with the best view of Beijing.
The rooms at the Park Hyatt are spacious and light. The decor consists of a
mix of contemporary design and rich woods and creates a luxurious ambience.
The plush king-size bed screams for your immediate attention (do jump in it).
And then there’s the spa-inspired bath completely with fragrant bergamot amenities
and a rain shower.
With the panoramic city view, this felt like a little home in the clouds.
The first night I allowed myself a long hot bath, after which I shamelessly
crashed onto the bed and forgot about all else in the world. The hotel has this
way of making you forget all of your sorrows. When I woke up again in the middle
of the night (jetlag), I sat by the window watching the stream of lights on the
streets and thought about how the fast-paced city life in Beijing must be like.
Start off the day with a hearty breakfast. I always say I am no
big eater but K makes fun of this and calls me a picky eater. According to him
I am a big eater, when it comes to the good stuff. I always want to remark that
that’s only natural and in the end we’re all like that. But then, perhaps other people
don’t deny they’re big eaters.
Alas, I am a picky eater but at breakfast I devoured my meals and was more than satisfied.
There’s a lot to choose from at the Park Hyatt. You have your warm Chinese dishes, such
as porridge and all kinds of condiments. There’s a continental breakfast
with sausages, eggs (“any way you like”), potato wedges and such. There’s a whole fruit area.
The thing I was most interested in however, was the sweets bar. I don’t think any
(wo)man on the face of this planet has ever had this much sweets and pastries in
one hour before. And they were more than delicious.
And then there’s this view again. It’s as if they want people to stare by the windows (which I did, constantly and shamelessly).
This was the first part of my review and it was a bit
longer than I had anticipated. Click here for the second part!
Park Hyatt Beijing