The St. Regis Tianjin
- Room Type : Deluxe King Bed Room
- Stay Nights : 1 night
- Stay Num : 1 person
I chose "The St. Regis Tianjin" because it was reasonable, the location was good, and the scenery seemed to be good. I was interested in St. Regis which is a high-end hotel of the Starwood Hotel group for a long time. It is not cheap to stay in Japan, but the price in Tianjin was within my reach. I also considered a couple more hotels - Ritz-Carlton, The Astor Hotel and Shangri-La, but St. Regis seemed to have an easy access to downtown and have a great view along the river (I used to live in Tianjin for work, so I knew this area pretty well).
What does the hotel look like? Check out the entrance and the reception!
The hotel seen from outside
The central part of the hotel is hollowed.
There is a revolving door in the main entrance.
The entrance seen from inside the hotel
There is another entrance on the back side of the hotel.
The backside entrance seen from inside the hotel
The lobby has a nice smell like sweet flowers. There is a sofa space on the right side of the entrance which you can use for a meeting place. The sofas are comfortable.
The lobby seen from the second floor
There is a fountain and an art work in front of the entrance. There is a lobby lounge back of this wall.
There is a reception on the left side of the main entrance. There are two semicircle counters.
There is a key box for express checkout and free bottles of water between the two counters.
Express checkout information
Ground Floor Elevators
Smoking is prohibited inside the hotel.
There is a floor information panel by the elevator in each floor.
Elevator floor button panel. It won't work without a room key card.
Room floor Elevators
Room floor corridor
What is Deluxe King Bed Room like?
Room entrance door
The room key is a card type key.
There is a Butler Box and a luggage rack on the right side of the entrance door and a bathroom on the left.
The lighting switch panel on the left wall of the entrance
When I was browsing various hotels, I liked a brown-goldish colour guest room and a black based colour bathroom in this hotel. It might be a little bit sober for families with small children, but I saw lots of guests using this hotel on business, so I think this is the reason why the interior of the room is chic. The room is also big - 45 square meters.
The bed is a little bit high for me though most of foreign capital hotels are the same. It is a comfy bed, and I enjoyed a king sized bed as my bed is not as big as this one.
Å desk and a chair
A plug socket by the desk
A hotel information folder and a room service menu on the desk
A sofa and a table by the window
The room seen from the desk
The room seen from the window
Generally speaking, you can't open the window in a high-rise building for a safety reason. You had better not to expect the view as windows are a little bit dusty because of the air pollution in China. These windows might be still better than ones in lower rank hotels.
I was able to see a river, a footpass along the river and high-rise office buildings from the window.
We saw people dancing on the side of a river.
Night view seen from the room
There is a bathtub on your right when you step into a bathroom, and a shower room next to the bathtub. There is a window next to the bathtub, so you can see a bedroom from the bathroom. There is a curtain to protect privacy.
A toilet and a washstand
You can watch TV while you are having a bath, but it took time to find a control panel as it was next to the bathroom door, not around the bathtub. You had better check the water temperature from time to time when you fill the bathtub with hot water because it wasn't able to keep the temperature constant.
There are two types of showers-a rain shower and a removable and height adjustable shower - in the shower room.
It took some time to get hot water, but the water pressure was fine.
There is shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in the shower room. They are made from imported ingredients from Canada, and made in Tianjin, China. They are neither good nor bad.
There are two sinks.
There are plug sockets in the bathroom.
A view from the bathtub
The bathroom door seen from inside the bathroom
Amenities were prepared on the washstand. There is a shower cap, cotton pads, cotton swabs, tooth brush sets, a shaver, a nail polish, a comb and body cream.
A hair dryer
Closet and Safety Box
There were two closets. Main closet had a mirror door, and the other was wooden tall one next to the main closet.
There are slippers, a bathrobe and an umbrella in the main closet.
It took time to find a safety box because it was difficult to find the wooden closet, and a safety box was inside it. There is a laundry bag and a laundry order sheet there, too.
The Safety box is a common type that sets the PIN.
Minibar & Coffee station
There was a coffee station and a minibar in this storage shelf next to the TV.
There was a fridge when I opened the middle door.
There is a bottle of red/white wine, beer, soft drinks etc. They are not complementary. I think it was a comprehensive minibar.
There were glasses, an ice bucket, an electric kettle in the drawers below.
There were coffee cup sets and a contraceptive device in this drawer. It was my first time to be prepared a contraceptive device in the room, but another hotel I stayed in China was the same, so it might be common in China?
There are some snacks in the upper drawer, and instant coffee and tea bags in the lower drawer. The snacks are not complementary.
There was a bottle of wine and a wine opener in this drawer.
Restaurants and shops in the hotel
I had breakfast at the "Promenade" restaurant.
There were no seats in the restaurant when I went there around 8:30, so I was taken to the lobby lounge. However, lots of people left the restaurant around 9:00, so I think I just went there in a busy time.
It was a buffet style breakfast. There are lots of dishes, so it was difficult to choose what to eat.
Sausages and bacon
Japanese Food section
Egg dishes are prepared on the spot.
I had a Chinese noodle dish and a crepe which were cooked on the spot, then yoghurt as a dessert.
A Beijing duck restaurant "XIHE YAYUAN PEKING DUCK RESTARANT".
The ducks were hung in the shop.
An Italian French restaurant "RIVIERA" on the ground floor.
Inside the "RIVIERA"
There was "The St.Regis Bar" in the lobby.
Inside "The St.Regis Bar"
There was a Chinese tea area in "The St.Regis Bar".
There is a shop which sells cosmetics, health foods and supplements on the 2nd floor. A shop assistant talked to me when I was looking inside the shop, but she talked to me in Chinese and I couldn't understand, so I left the shop without buying anything.
Facilities in the hotel
There is a fitness centre on basement floor 1. It was not easy to find it and walk in. If a staff member didn't tell me where the fitness centre was, I would have walked past. It is open 24 hours a day.
A mirror training room
There is an indoor pool in the fitness centre. There are only a couple of people both the fitness centre and the pool when I went to see in the evening. The swimming pool is open from 6 am to 10 pm.
The hotel has facilities for events or conferences.
Area around the hotel
There is a big shopping centre “Plaza 66” in front of the main entrance. There are lots of shops such as Starbucks, Taiwanese soup dumplings Din Tai Fung, Hong Kong drug store Watsons and Adidas. There are also lots of Chinese restaurants and western cafés, so you won’t have any problems to grab something to eat. Plaza 88 is facing Heping Road which is a pedestrian precinct shopping street on the other side of the hotel. There is a department store within 10 minutes’ walk, and you can get to Nanjing Road which is the main street in Tianjin by bus. It is also close to Japanese department store “Isetan” form there. I didn’t use public transportation, but a taxi will be the main means of transportation. Fortunately, taxi fare is not expensive in China. The starting fare is from 8 yuan and you need to pay plus 1 yuan for the displayed amount because of the tax. If you ask a member of staff to call a taxi, he or she will do it for you using the app of the smartphone.
Plaza 66 seen from the hotel entrance
Heping Road (a pedestrian precinct shopping street)
A department store seen from the hotel entrance
Staff & Guests
I think staff members have received good employees’ training. There was a long queue at the reception when I checked in at 2 pm, but they talked to me and helped me to carry my luggage as soon as I walked in the hotel. There were some people who jumped the queue, but staff members were watching carefully and asked them to queue up the back of the line. The St. Regis is famous for the butler service, but I didn’t tell the difference from the service of other hotels. Most staff members can speak English, but there are some staff members who can’t understand it.
There were more guests on business than tourists like families and friends. Most of them were Chinese. There might have been a conference on the day I stayed at the hotel because there are lots of people at the restaurant before 9 am. I saw some Westerners, too.
It took about 30 to 40 minutes by taxi from the airport, and it cost 90 yuan. The main road was blocked due to subway construction on the way to the hotel from the airport, so we had to take a detour. However, we were caught in a traffic jam, so it might be quicker and cheaper if the construction finishes. The street in front of the hotel is a one-way street, so you might feel you go a long way round, but I think that is not an unfair overcharging.
It was nice to stay at this hotel, but I won’t stay here again because I have more choices recently as luxury hotels are being built one after another in Tianjin. I couldn’t make up my mind till the last minute which hotel to choose because there are lots of nice hotels like Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, Four Seasons, The Westin, Renaissance and Chinese Tangla. I just would like to stay at a different hotel I’ve never stayed before next time. If you decide to stay at this hotel or another Starwood group hotel, I recommend that you join a hotel member called SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) in advance. The benefits might be different at each hotel, but you can get a late checkout, and enjoy free food and drinks at the happy hour in this hotel.