Langham Place at Beijing Airport opens 24-hour club lounge

By John Walton, April 13 2011
Langham Place at Beijing Airport opens 24-hour club lounge

Jetlagged and need something to do in the middle of the night? The Club L lounge at the Langham Place hotel in Beijing Capital Airport is now open twenty-four hours a day.

It's an especially useful move for business travellers arriving at the hotel before the normal check-in times or after the check-out deadline.

It's not the same change that the Novotel in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport made, though. That hotel changed the way it sells rooms to a full 24-hour room rate a couple months ago.

At the Beijing airport Langham Place, guests staying on the hotel's Club Floor have access to the lounge, which is split into four separate areas: Revitalise, Replay, Relax and Refuel.

The Revitalise area is for guests arriving outside the normal check-in times who want to freshen up and clean off the grime from a long flight or a long day in Beijing, with rain showers and Chuan Spa bathroom products.

Replay has a pool table, PS3 machines and arcade games to wind down after a long day (or for those days that can only be made better by some video game violence). There's also a telescope for planespotters -- assuming you can see through Beijing's smog -- and an "Internet den" with both Mac and Windows machines.

In the Relax zone, massage chairs, comfy seating and the soothing sight of a fish tank will help you to chill out.

And if you prefer to chill out with a cold glass of something, the Refuel area has cocktails, champagne, wine and a range of other drinks 24/7, plus an all day and night buffet if your meal times are out of whack with jetlag.

The hotel even has an art gallery, if that's your thing.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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