After our filling dinner at a branch of the Original Quanjude Restaurant, we were now brought to the stylish, 4-star Grand Mercure Beijing Central Hotel, our home for the 4 days we were to stay in Beijing. Formerly the Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing Hotel, this international standard deluxe hotel is located in Xidan commercial and shopping area, a10-min. walk from Chang’an Street, 1.5 kms. from the Forbidden City and 2 kms. from Lake Beihai Park and the famous Tiananmen Square.

Grand Mercure Beijing Central Hotel

We occupied 4 of the hotel’s 290 well-appointed rooms (de luxe double, superior twin, superior double, executive twin, presidential suite), Jandy and I staying at Room 603. Our airconditioned rooms, decorated in a modern style, are furnished with cable TV, in-room safety deposit box, minibar and a private bathroom with bathtub. Free wi-fi, for our internet and emailing needs, was available at the hotel lobby.

Room 603

We had our breakfasts at the Amazing Thailand Coffee Shop.  The hotel also has 2 restaurants. The V9 All Day Dining Restaurant serves an international buffet while Cantonese dishes are offered at the China Kitchen Restaurant (with 10 individual VIP rooms).  It also has a bar, 24-hour Front Desk, business center, free parking on site, meeting/banquet facilities, souvenir/gift shop and a fully-equipped fitness center with heated indoor swimming pool, massage center and sauna facilities. An exemplary level of secretarial service is provided by The Executive Club.

Amazing Thailand Coffee Shop

The hotel also offer tours, travel assistance, car rental, airport shuttle, currency exchange, laundry, pressing and dry cleaning services, concierge and room service.

Heated Indoor Swimming Pool

Grand Mercure Beijing Central Hotel: 6 Xuanwumen Nei Ave., Xicheng District, 100031 Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Tel: (+86)10/66036688.  Fax: (+86)10/66031481.  E-mail: