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By Chris | January 22 2007
Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare, choose from our stunning selections
Combining a prestigious location overlooking the Beijing Olympic Park, and an auspicious East-meets-West design built according to ancient Chinese feng shui principles, the Pangu 7 Star Hotel is part of the stunning Pangu Plaza development, which will also comprise luxury offices, residences and the flagship stores of the world’s most luxurious brands.
Located on Beijing’s new axis of prestige and power, the complex sits adjacent to the historical central axis that stretches from the Forbidden City to the 2008 Olympic with jaw-dropping views of the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Centre, which guests can access via the Ruyi bridge over Pangu Gardens. The 234-room Pangu 7 Star Hotel with 140 suites is an opulent 21st century modern hotel which is set to become a distinct and recognizable icon for new China. The Pangu 7 Star Hotel’s interiors were created by Milan-based Italian-Brazilian designer Ricardo Bello Dias. Opulent but welcoming, the design strikes a masterful balance between Chinese classical tradition and contemporary European glamour.
No expense has been spared in the creation of the hotel. Marble was sourced from Italy, Spain and other European countries and embellished with traditional Chinese motifs hand-engraved by local craftsmen, while the hotel’s furnishings, lighting and technology were designed by leading global brands such as BAGA, Metis and Baker, as featured in the White House. The hotel is also the only hotel to have been granted permission from the Palace Museum to reproduce priceless artworks from the Forbidden City. These Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasty masterpieces were created on copper panels in Italy and are visible in all guestrooms.
Why we love it: There are five rooms in this glorious suite with a spacious 2,422 square foot (225 square meter) bathroom with a separate rainforest shower and a Kaldewei Jacuzzi from Germany. All guests enjoy personalized butler services.
Peter Yang, Executive Assistant Manager
27 Central North 4th Ring Drive, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100101
+86 10 5906 7777 ext: 6250
Fax: +86 10 5906 7221
Wenqi Chinese Restaurant
Located on the 2nd Floor of the hotel with a panoramic view facing the Water Cube, the restaurant offers sumptuous variety of Japanese sashimi and sushi, imported seafood, Chinese and Western cuisine and delicious desserts.
Founded in 1716, Kaden Minokichi is a traditional gem from Kyoto. The restaurant serves the finest cuisine from Kyoto in six private tatami-laid rooms.
A trendy lounge overlooking the stunning view of the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest Stadium, offering champagne, cocktails and fine wines.
Situated adjacent to the lobby, this residential style lounge is the ideal venue for high teas and evening aperitifs.
Choy Zhong, Manager
+86 10 5906 7668
Fax: +86 10 5906 8610
Just 22 miles from the airport, the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing is near the city’s favorite sightseeing spots such as the Summer Palace and business areas like Financial Street and Zhongguancun Technology Park.
With its calming luxury and comfort defying the frenetic buzz of the surrounding city, complemented with the warm Asian-style hospitality that it offers, the hotel plays host to dignitaries and celebrities.
A wide choice of exquisite delicacies is available within the hotel, ranging from authentic Japanese and Chinese cuisine to contemporary dining. The 25-meter heated indoor swimming pool and award-winning CHI, The Spa add to the enchantment.
Why we love it: Commanding vibrant city views through the 19 foot floor-to-ceiling windows at the two-story high sitting room, the Presidential Suite has a unique crystal and silver tree chandelier, and its touch of chinoiserie is augmented with a warm tone created by the use of plenty of wood and marble. The suite unequivocally offers exemplary elegance in an expansive and impressive setting, completed by the highest level of service and attention.
The suite has a high-ceiling made of marble and a sitting room with elegant décor and artwork, commensurable with the status of the guests. The master bedroom has a spacious walk-in dressing room. There is a Jacuzzi in the marble bathroom, complemented with a heated floor and premium toiletries, ideal for in-room pampering. Both bedroom and bathroom are equipped with flat-screen LCD televisions. A separate fitness area equipped with a personal fitness bike offers absolute privacy. There is a dining room and adjoining kitchenette complete with a call button for butler service. Bonus features include a state-of-the-art stereo sound system, a flatscreen television, a DVD player in the sitting room, and a study room with large executive desk, color printer, two-in-one fax/copier and an iPod connection. Concierge and chauffeur-driven limousine services, complimentary breakfast, snacks and beverages, including freeflowing champagne, wines and canapés, are available throughout the day at the Valley Wing Lounge.
Christopher Chia, General Manager
+86 10 6841 2211
Fax: +86 10 6841 8002/3
29 Zizhuyuan Road, Beijing 100089, China
With unrivalled views over the historic city center, China World Summit Wing, Beijing, managed by Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts is one of the finest hotels in the city, occupying the upper floors of Beijing’s newest iconic landmark, the 1,100-foot tall China World Tower.
Strategically located in the city’s centre, the hotel offers easy access to major tourist attractions. Located between level 64 and level 77, all 278 guestrooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and feature classic wooden decor and the finest furnishing with subtle Chinese touches. Designed with optimum comfort in mind, typical guestrooms span an average of 700 square feet, among the largest in the city, and feature the latest audio-visual facilities, a spacious wardrobe and bathroom and exquisite bath amenities. The hotel boasts three designer restaurants, two bars, a lounge and three exclusive venues devoted to private dining, many of which enjoy stunning views of the cityscape. It also houses the city’s highest spa retreat, CHI, The Spa, on level 77, and a health club on level 78 with fully equipped gymnasium.
Adrian Rudin, General Manager
+86 10 6505 2299
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, China
Inhabiting a series of historic dwellings just steps from one of China’s most iconic sites is Aman at Summer Palace.
A sanctuary of peace, pervaded by a sense of balance and tranquility throughout, Aman at Summer Palace opens its doors to China’s regal past and captures the essence of the Ming Dynasty’s elegant aesthetic. Beijing has seen dynasties and revolutions come and go, and today remains one of the world’s most remarkable cities, offering visitors a kaleidoscope of Old and New China. Aman at Summer Palace is one of the ideal portals through which to experience this multifaceted city, and within the resort’s walls a mysterious sense of peeking through the veil of time into the romance of another era lingers on.
TOP SUITE IMPERIAL SUITE
Why we love it: The pared-down yet elegant aesthetic is a hallmark of Aman Resorts and prominently features in the property’s top suite. Composed of three separate pavilions, spanning a majestic 3,329 square feet, guests have plenty of space to relax in the serene atmosphere. The Imperial Suite features both a formal residence with a boardroom for 18 people and separate private quarters with their own spa treatment room.
Mark Swinton, General Manager
+86 10 5987 9999
1 Gongmenqian Street, Summer Palace
For design aficionados, this is the one and only place to stay in Beijing.
The Opposite House is hands down the most exquisite piece of modernist architecture that you will ever have the chance to visit in the Chinese capital. The name Opposite House is derived from a Chinese word historically describing a building situated opposite the main house in a courtyard where guests would stay. Designed by Kengo Kuma Associates in 2008, this luxury boutique hotel is fresh, inspiring and located in Sanlitun at the vibrant core of the Chaoyang District. The restaurants and bars here are always trendy and popular with Beijing’s beautiful, bright, young things. Not to mention this place is home to quite possibly the chicest swimming pool in the world. Staying at The Opposite House is a truly unique experience and those who have stayed here cannot recommend it enough. Book your room now and you’ll soon be joining the club.
Why we love it: Sprawling over two floors and a massive roof terrace, this expansive penthouse boasts a shallow reflecting pool, spa bathroom and mood lighting features. The suite comes with 400- thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, Denon in-room entertainment, LCD TV, and guest access to both a Maserati Quatroporte and Audi Q7. The Penthouse at Opposite House is definitely a Beijing gem, just ask Beyoncé Knowles or Bobbi Brown, both of whom have slept here.
Anthony Ross, General Manager
+86 10 6417 6688
The Village, Building 1, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,100027
Established in the 1900s, Raffles Beijing Hotel witnessed many of the city’s significant social and political events, and its commanding French-Orient colonnade façade has long stood as an icon of Beijing’s historical heritage.
It enjoys a prestigious address, at the crossroads of Chang’an Avenue and the shopping district of Wangfujing, a heartbeat away from the historic Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Faithfully restored, it features 171 tastefully appointed rooms, four distinctive restaurants and bars, and five well-equipped banquet venues, as well as a lofty lobby adorned with a procession of graceful arches.
Why we love it: This eight-room, two-bathroom suite was designed with an opulent Baroque and French Colonial vibe. Notable features include a private elevator, personal gym, mini-theater, steam room and Jacuzzi pool. Raffles Beijing Hotel’s Presidential Suite occupies two stories, over a generous 888 square meters, making it one of the most spacious suites in Beijing, and has been ranked among the world’s top 101 luxury suites, as featured in Elite Traveler magazine’s Sixth Annual Pure Decadence issue. This is a veritable home away from home that has been host to many a distinguished guest, including former French president Jacques Chirac. The personal butler who is always on call will really make this a stay to remember.
Riaz Mahmood, General Manager
+86 10 6526 3388
33 East Chang’An Avenue
At The Peninsula, you’ll embark on a world adventure in the heart of the thriving commercial Chaoyang District.
This five-star hotel in Beijing is the perfect retreat, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. With 305 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, three exceptional restaurants, and 1,100 square meters of high-tech meeting space, including a 650-squaremeter ballroom, you’ll experience a Beijing luxury hotel unlike any other.
Why we love it: This stylish suite was recently renovated to the tune of $1.5 million and designed to resemble a traditional Beijing courtyard house. The vibe is contemporary, with advanced technology, yet a collection of antiques lends a classic authentic touch. Enjoy your own private elevator, gym, whirlpool and steam room.
A modern, five-star hotel, the Grand Hyatt Beijing offers the best of both worlds — a subtle blend of Western and Oriental traditions, encompassing contemporary hotel design.
Located in the heart of the Dongcheng district, this is the perfect place to stay if you plan on visiting Beijing’s unmissable sights. The Grand Hyatt is also part of the Oriental Plaza complex, home to the city’s premier shopping center for luxury brands and designer boutiques.
Why we love it: This duplex suite sits high atop the hotel, majestically occupying the expanse of its top two floors. On the lower floor, you will find a marble foyer, fireplace and spacious living room, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows framing magnificent views of the bustling Chang’An Avenue below. Upstairs, the master bedroom is equipped with its own private spa treatment room and sauna.
Christopher Koehler, General Manager
+86 10 8518 1234
1 East Chang’An Avenue, Dongcheng District