Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hotel reviews: Novotel Beijing Sanyuan Hotel, China

Novotel Beijing Sanyuan Hotel, China - Conveniently located in Chaoyang District, the Novotel Beijing Sanyuan looks just like another mid range hotel found anywhere in the world – towering, box windows and uninspiring manicured grounds. However, inside is a totally different story.

The designers obviously couldn’t do much with the exterior so they devoted all their energy into the interior. As soon as you step through the glass doors, the hotel screams a 1980 modern design. Complete with orange reception desks, zebra printed rugs on the floor, little square chocolate leather boxed seats, and weird textured walls, the Novotel Beijing Sanyuan was obviously meant to be industrial chic. However, it falls short in the ratings for design.

This industrial chic design has been applied to the guest rooms and suites. Fortunately, they seem to work a little better here than what they do in the reception and public areas downstairs. Bedrooms are quite comfortable, spacious and contemporary. Think creamy walls, lots of heavy dark wooden trimmings and furniture topped off with red leather.

Bathrooms are wonderful to soak away the stresses of international travel. One of the best things about the rooms is that they are incredibly bright – through natural and artificial lights.

The Novotel Beijing Sanyuan has a restaurant, bar and lounge for guests to sample. The Square is a good place to sample both national and international fusion dishes, all with freshly prepared ingredients.

The setting is, obviously, ultra modern; heavy wooden floorboards, granite pillars, leather trim – but this design actually works in here. Along with artistically presented dishes, The Square Restaurant is by far the best feature of the Novotel Beijing Sanyuan.

The lobby bar is such an eye-sore – think garish zebra printed rugs, uncomfortable leather box seats and displays of weird looking art. If you love the 1980s then you may actually like it. Traditionalists will absolutely hate it. However, the dreamy cocktails may improve it in your eyes.

The Novotel Beijing Sanyuan receives a few gold stars for its leisure activities. The swimming pool is of a decent size and the gym facilities good in a bright setting, but it is the spa treatment centre which gets the highest marks here. In addition to this, the tour desk offers some amazing tours in Beijing and around the rest of the country.

Through extensive experience, the Novotel Beijing Sanyuan has built up a good reputation for its business services. The meeting rooms here look the best rooms in the entire hotel and feature everything a company could need. Wonderfully, each meeting rooms is named after a different dynasty.

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