Angel Liu is the office manager of the administrative department at the representative office of Chiomenti Studio Legale in Beijing. She is in charge of administrative affairs of the office, including booking hotels, planning large-scale meetings, and choosing suitable venues.
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I might use this product in the future. It is a great idea to have such a website. And I believe it would be better if you could optimize the current web page.
What are your criteria for choosing a hotel or meeting venue? Which elements do you think are the most important?
Usually we prefer to choose five-star hotels located in CBD. Sometimes our lawyers would choose to stay where our clients stay for timely and convenient communication. A good reputation and attentive services from a hotel would gain extra points. Besides, we have negotiated prices with some hotels.
Which domestic hotels do you most often choose for your events?
China World Hotel, Park Hyatt Beijing, Grand Hyatt Beijing, The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, and Swissotel Grand Shanghai.
Which hotels have impressed you most and why?
My personal favorite hotel in Beijing is China World Hotel, because I like the bright lobby and the flowers in it. Besides, there exhibitions of oil paintings are often held in the hotel, creating an artistic atmosphere. Guest rooms are bright and spacious, with many exquisite details in decoration. That's why our Italian boss is so fond of this hotel.
Park Hyatt Beijing has a very fashionable and avant-garde design and personalized service. Only a short time after its opening, the China Bar and Xiu have already become the gathering place for fashionable people in Beijing. Bazzar has held several charity events in this hotel, which has attracted some attention. The hotel is suitablefor young business people to stay in.
Which hotels' banquet and catering services have impressed you most and why?
Beijing International Hotel, The St. Regis Beijing, and Traders Hotel, Beijing, have impressed me most in banquet and catering services. Beijing International Hotel has a very creative and delicious menu for meetings. The meeting room of St. Regis Beijing has a reasonable layout and attentive service.
What problems have you encountered in using hotel products and service? What suggestions do you have for hotels?
In my opinion, domestic hotels still lack human facilities; even some five-star hotels don't have barrier-free facilities. In addition, hotel should encourage guests in environmental protection. For example, hotels could give some gifts to guests who have actually carried out environmental protection initiatives such as bringing their own toiletries or not changing towels every day. Hotels can do something for environmental protection together with their guests.
Through which channels do you select hotels or venues for your company events?
Often we would choose some well-known five-star hotels and communicate with their sales manager over the phone. We would choose two or three hotels in one city and compare services, prices and other factors. The one with the best price quality ratio would be our final choice.
What do you think of the relationship between travel and fashion? Which domestic hotels have impressed you for being fashionable?
Travel is a pleasant activity that can relax one's body and mind and broaden one's horizon. It is now regarded as a fashion. Everyone has their own understanding of fashion. Personally, I think fashion is more than just a trend to follow; it is an enduring culture that can withstand the test of time. The matching of colors, such as red and black, will never the eliminated by time. China World Hotel is one of the classical fashions.
Can you please recommend some travel destinations to our readers?
For domestic destinations, I would recommend Qingdao and Sanya; for overseas destinations, I would say Europe. I have been to Europe for twice, and I think it is a perfect place for people who like history and culture.
What are your hobbies and which types of travel do you like?
I'm interested in many things, like travel, reading and movies. Since 2009 I have joined golf courses for beginners, horse riding, photography, and I often visit museums and galleries. I like independent travel very much, since l like to arrange the itinerary by myself and write down travel notes. One of my biggest dreams is to become a petty bourgeois traveler. I have been to New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherland, Italy and Belgium. Europe is my personal favorite destination, and I like the works created during the Renaissance. Walking down the streets of Rome, I can feel the masculine beauty of the city for example, the David statue. This year I am planning to go to graceful France and passionate Barcelona in Spain.
Do you have any plans for traveling in the coming months?
I want to go to France and Spain in Europe, and visit the Shanghai Expo and Xiamen in China.