The hotel is in Chaoyang, just a minute’s walk from the Hujialou subway stop. So the next morning I simply rolled my suitcase to the subway and made my way to the Airport Express. So convenient.
For the record, I’m not one of those people who thinks, “Oh, it’s just a place to crash for the night.” When I’m planning a trip, I spend way too much time researching hotel options and creating a shortlist before I pull the trigger and book.
There’s actually a term for this: vacation anticipation. Maybe it’s because I work from home, but I really look forward to the idea of a quick escape, even in my own hometown.
For instance, sometimes we book a hotel room for a special occasion, or we’ll try a new hotel bar for a Friday night drink. It feels a little like the Mad Men episode when Don and Betty go to Italy and stay at the Hilton, you know?
Now back to the Rosewood. I loved that each room has a collection of leather-covered English guide books created just for the hotel. I spent some time reading them cover to cover. A lot of the great info is on their website too, if you’re planning a trip to Beijing.
The view looked out at the CCTV Tower, known to locals as the “big pants” building.
Oh, just the fluffiest slippers I’ve ever put on…
I was excited to find two Kavalan bottles in the minibar. But they didn’t come cheap, so back in line they went.
There are a few dining options at the Rosewood. After checking into my room, I had a light lunch at Country Kitchen, which ranks #2 on Eater’s August 2015 list of The 12 Hottest Restaurants in Beijing.
Above is the spinach with sesame sauce. Below are the hand-pulled dandan noodles. The menu specifies which dishes have locally-sourced vegetables and meats.
After dinner out, I had a nightcap at the MEI Lounge, where the most incredible live band was playing. The place started to get crowded around 11pm — exactly my cue to get back into those slippers and watch Cinemax in bed!
Thanks to the team at Rosewood Beijing for the hotel stay. This post was written independently by me and all opinions are my own.