The Grand Hotel Beijing (Beijing Guibinlou Fandian), a magnificent palace converted into a five-star hotel, is located on a small street and almost appears from nowhere as you drive towards it. The building's traditional sweeps and dragon's tails contrast dramatically with the modern design trends sweeping the rest of Beijing.
Guests of the hotel benefit from an exceptional location. The Grand Hotel overlooks both the Forbidden City and Beijing's most cosmopolitan concourse, Chang'an Avenue, with all its colorful urban hustle and bustle.
The hotel's traditional Chinese characteristics invoke the styles of the palace's bygone rulers alongside modern amenities uncommon during the Qing Dynasty like complimentary high speed Internet access, fax machines and a separate rainforest shower and deep bathtub.
Restaurants at this Beijing hotel serve a variety of cuisines, including Chinese regional foods like Cantonese cuisine as well as Japanese cuisine and Western cuisine. After a meal or whenever, guests can enjoy drinks at the seasonally open Palace View Bar, which as the name suggests offers a dramatic view of the Forbidden City, or the Fountain Bar.