If watching all those Olympic swimmers battle it out over the next few weeks has you aching to take a dip, go up to the 41st floor, where you can practice your skills in the infinity pool overlooking the shiny skyscrapers of the Pudong business district.
A room at Four Seasons Beijing
Further north, Four Seasons Beijing, located in the Yansha business district of northeastern Chaoyang, will be on a larger scale with 313 rooms and two private apartment towers. The residence website actually talks of 334 rooms, but no matter the exact number, fans of Four Seasons will feel at home in the expensive-understated decor, down to the signature frame pillow cases. Both Chinese and Italian restaurants will be onsite, as well as a lounge with bar and tea garden.
It looks like both hotels will join the limited number of Four Seasons properties with Executive Club Lounges. The original Four Seasons Shanghai has one, and so do Macau and Hong Kong (although among luxury hotels in Hong Kong, a club lounge is almost a given). Other than that, we can think of Maui and Sydney as having club lounges. So will this be a change in direction for Four Seasons? Or, more likely, just a feature of its larger hotels in some Asian cities.
With Shanghai, Pudong, and Beijing opening, the tally for Four Seasons in China stands at five (Beijing, Shanghai times two, Hanghzou, and Guangzhou), which has us wondering whether they will make their projected 14 hotels by 2014?
Rates for a weekend in September in Shanghai start at CNY3,000 (about $470), and CNY1,900 (about $300) at Four Seasons Beijing for a weekend in November.
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