What's there? So let's get the stats out the way first. You're looking at 300 rooms over 22 floors, with 15 stories of private apartments on top of that. There's a dope pool, gym and spa, seven food and drink outlets, an 800sqm grand ballroom and a fancy AF club lounge on the top floor of the hotel.
The InterContinental Deluxe Room.
Rooms start from 2,500RMB a night (InterContinental Deluxe Room), which is a kitted-out 45sqm number with a standalone bath. And yes, before you ask, there are Nespresso machines in every room. (Because otherwise what's the point?)
So a prime spot for a staycay, then.
The whole place is incredibly light and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows at every turn. Decor-wise it's understated luxe, with bright marble, nice but not overbearing Chinese touches and some stunning light fixtures.
The hotel's lobby.
At opening on Friday 5 August, a few of the restaurants will be open for business. There's Top Tapas, which serves, well, you know, and Ying, the InterCon's Chinese/Japanese restaurant. Both cuisine types share a space at Ying, but are separated with different decor and, of course, different menus.
Ying restaurant serves both Chinese and Japanese food.
Opening over the next month or so are Top Bar, a 'beer and whisky' lounge; Char, a high-end steakhouse; and Deli-cious, a second-floor Deli with takeaway pastries that we can see becoming an important part of our morning commute very soon. Top Bar and Char both have awesome terraces, so you can look down on the Sanlitun hoi polloi as you live it up.
Coming soon to a wedding invitation near you.
There are also eight function rooms, with some set up for business (above) and others for straight-up chillin'.
Verdict The InterCon looks set to be a real landmark in the city's most cosmopolitan area. Keep checking timeoutbeijing.com for reviews of the hotel's restaurants and other services.