Legendale Hotel (勵駿酒店) | Beijing, CHINA

The other travel bunnie and I started our 4 night stay in the Capital with a stay at the old world classic Legendale Hotel and we were slightly unsure of what to expect given that all of the other hotels that we were staying at in China were all mainstream hotel brands.

The Legendale Hotel is as visually striking from the outside as it is inside.  Everything about the décor and structure of this place screams opulence.  More importantly, the hotel is located just next to a major subway and is only a short walk away from Wangfujing which is critical when you consider travel times in this mammoth city.

Check in was not the start we wanted at the Legendale with 3 different staff being required to clarify what was included in our package (which stated that we had booked Noble club level access).  After some 30 mins ‘discussing’ what was in fact included we finally ended up with the room category that we had booked and usage of the club lounge for breakfast only.  The room itself was stunning, with all the dark furniture, gold fittings and ceiling decorations really transporting you to another time (and another place given the outside conditions of Beijing).  I loved the deep soaking bathtub that had a glass petition that let me look into the room while I unwound after a long days walking. Breakfast in the Noble club (which we fought so hard to ensure was included as stated in our package) was underwhelming and the relative quite that can be found in the top floor dining area was trumped by the superior selection of food available at the hotel's main breakfast dining area which we also used.  The door staff were particularly nice offering information about distances, hailing taxis and generally greeting us with a smile as the opened the lobby doors each time we arrived.

The Hotel’s indoor pool was also nice for a quick dip on one hot day but again remember that without a swimming cap, guests will not be allowed in!

All in all, the poor check-in experience was not enough to take the shine off this unique hotel experience.

Bunnies' travel notes:

Bunnies’ Room Number: 1506 – Grand Deluxe Room
Number of Rooms and Suites: 390 guest rooms
Swimming pool: Yes
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 12pm
Price: $220+ AUD

Hotel Class: 5 Star

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