Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing is Like Going Sightseeing Without Leaving Your Hotel
The list of Amanresorts reads like a list of the top ten exotic places we'd like to travel to, and now that the Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing is open, we are dying to get there. Many of the rooms--there are only 51, so it's small and extra-friendly--are built in outbuildings of the Summer Palace and the special imperial Chinese details are everywhere. It's kind of like going sightseeing without leaving the hotel, but we really want to do it!
Yes, you could say that we're almost over-enthusiastic about Aman spots but then again, a whole lot of people agree with us. The weekend's UK Times review of the Beijing Aman was way over-the-top with enthusiastic adjectives. Service is great (if a little stumbly on the English language side of things), the location is sublime and the facilities, tours and rooms are pretty much perfect.
And so it should be, because a stay at any Aman isn't cheap. Creator Adrian Zecha even admits that you can only stay there if you "have more money than time". The cheapest guest room starts at US$480 a night plus 15% tax and the imperial suites go for $3,800.