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Did The First Lady Really Have to Stay at The Westin in Beijing?

Where: Beijing, China
March 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

And no, we're not asking that question because the room rate was so outrageous at $8,400 a night and because taxpayers might be footing the bill. instead, we're asking that because you can be sure that if we have nearly ten grand to spend on a hotel room in Beijing, it's not going to be at the Westin Chaoyang. That's for sure.

We'd rather spend our money at the Opposite House in Sanlitun or try out one of the suites at the just-opened Waldorf Astoria. Wait, what are we thinking? Clearly, we're going to lay our head down on the pillows at the Peninsula Hotel. See, there are plenty of other better choices than a Westin if you've got $10,000 to spend.

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The Waldorf Astoria Beijing to Open on March 1

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  Site Where: 5-15 Jinyu Hutong Wangfujing Dongch, Beijing, China, 100006
February 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The upcoming Waldorf Astoria Beijing actually wasn't on our radar when we released our Master List of Hotel Openings last month (mea culpa!) But with its March 1 opening just a few weeks away, we're honing in on what is expected to be the brand's most contemporary and art-conscious hotel to date.

Located in downtown Beijing, across from the Peninsula Hotel and within walking distance to the Forbidden City, the Waldorf Astoria is a brand-new building with an unusual bronze exterior, giving it a crazy cool effect. And according to general manager, Marlene Poynder, the bronze will cause the exterior's color to change over time. Even cooler.

Poynder also filled us in on some of the amenities expected inside the 176-room hotel such as AppleTV hookups (not available for sale in China), Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and Samsung tablets that controls nearly everything inside the room.

The hotel's interiors were done by design firm Yabu Pushelberg but they still incorporate elements of Chinese design such as traditional dressers, intricate rugs and silk-paneled walls. The hotel is also filled with contemporary Chinese art including the Waldorf Astoria Clock (found in each Waldorf Astoria hotel) which "appears weightless while resting in its glass cabinet, creating the illusion that it is floating, or of 'time being suspended.'"

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W Beijing and W Shanghai Get Hit With Major Delays

January 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

There is no stopping W Hotels: Amsterdam, Milan, even Reykjavik may get a W outpost in the next few years, and then there is the branching out into ski resorts too.

Way back in 2012, we snapped a few pictures of another newcomer: the W Beijing Chang’An, hoping it would be ready for what then seemed an eternity away – the first day of 2014. That, unfortunately, did not quite work out as planned, with the hotel now pushed back until late June. New Year’s day of 2014 was going to be a double party, with the joint opening of sister property W Shanghai – The Bund, but there we’re looking at June next year before we get to go inside. At least we have some glimpse of what the hotels look like for you now.

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Rosewood Beijing Will Have a Mountain Profile, Bangkok Sky Villas With Plunge Pools

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  Site Where: No. 1, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, 100020
October 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not only did we ogle Rosewood London last week (hopefully just phase one in Europe for the group), we also picked up some additional news: a first few snapshots of the rooms at Rosewood Beijing (coming next year) and the exciting update that another hotel is being planned for Bangkok.

Both hotels sound like they will be rather unique; the building in Beijing “will recall a mountain profile with contrasting volumes and shapes” and Bangkok promises 650-square foot Pool Sky Villas, with large terraces and private plunge pools (!!).

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Mandarin Oriental Will Rise Again in Beijing (And Many Other Places Too)

June 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Where will Mandarin Oriental open next?

Nearly five years after a freak fire destroyed their hotel before it even opened, Mandarin Oriental Hotels is once again giving it another go in Beijing.

The company made the announcement last summer that a Mandarin Oriental Beijing was in the works again (with the same design on the same site and everything) but after talking with several Mandarin Oriental execs yesterday, we were relieved to hear the project was very much alive with a tentative opening date of "sometime next year."

But Beijing might be small potatoes at this point. Mandarin has quite a few more properties to open before then. Fresh off opening in Shanghai and Guangzhou, Mandarin Oriental will continue their expansion with Mandarin Oriental Taipei , Mandarin Oriental Bodrum and Mandarin Oriental Milan, which we're already anxious about. (Word is this is the next Mandarin Oriental to open but we're working on getting some more intel.)

Beyond those big openings, Mandarin Oriental plans on expanding even further with hotels in the pipeline for Chengdu, Maldives, Moscow, Costa Rica, several places in the Caribbean, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Istanbul, Marbella and Marrakech. Expect all the new hotels to have the signature Mandarin Oriental spa, a fine dining experience and a cake shop. Definitely cannot go wrong with that!

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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The 72-Hour Layover: Four Seasons Beijing Style

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  Site Where: 48 Liang Ma Qiao Road, 100125 Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
March 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we learned from our extensive coverage of Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover” show, a stopover in a city can be as fun as you make it. And if you’re a savvy traveler (which we know most of you are), many of you will plan your flight arrangements to include a break in a city that you love or want to cross off your bucket list. Certain routes seem conducive to extended layovers—Beijing being one of them.

But instead of holing up in an airport lounge of one-of-the world’s most historic and exciting cities, the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing has come up with a better idea--the “Experience the Best of Beijing in 72 Hours” package.

For the first time ever, tourists can spend up to 72 hours in Beijing sans visa. So, now a hotel staff member will arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, tuck you into a FS car (either limo or BMW 5, hand you a steaming cup of traditional tea, then whisk you away to the hotel to get freshened up.

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Which Beijing Hotel Offers This Killer View?

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  Site Where: No 1 Guanghua Road, Beijing, China, 1000200
December 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not a view of Tiananmen Square or a section of the Great Wall outside Beijing, but the window of this Superior Club room at the Kerry Hotel Beijing perfectly frames Rem Koolhaas’s now-iconic shard-like CCTV building.

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Four Seasons Hotel Opens In Beijing, More To Come

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  Site Where: 48 Liang Ma Qiao Road, Beijing, China
November 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just about a month after the reveal of its new flagship in hometown Toronto, Four Seasons added yet another new destination to its roster yesterday with the opening of Four Seasons Beijing. This marks a total of five hotels in China, complementing Shanghai, Shanghai (Pudong), Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong.

A total of 313 rooms and 66 suites can be found in this mixed-use complex that also combines two private apartment towers. Restaurant Cai Yi Xuan serves regional Chinese cuisine, with Mio being the Italian option that seems a near-staple for Four Seasons Hotels these days. Opus lounge & bar offers all-day dining and drinks, including daily afternoon tea.

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A Second EAST Hotel Opens in the East...Beijing to Be Precise

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  Site Where: 22 Jiuxianqiao Road, Beijing, China
September 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's hard to believe it, but one of the hotels we named in our "Favorite Hotel Beds Ever" list only had one location...up until this week. That's right—the EAST Hotel in Hong Kong now has a sister property in Beijing, China.

The 369 guest rooms (including 23 suites with executive lounge access) of the EAST Beijingdebut with a special opening rate starting from 798 RMB ($126) per night, through December 31. This includes a location as the only hotel within the massive Indigo development in the Chaoyang area (a 15-min drive to the Central Business District), an iPod Touch and iHome in each room, Elemis amenities and free and fast WiFi throughout the entire hotel.

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'The Daily Meal' Reveals Its Favorite World-Wide Hotel Restaurants. What are Yours?

September 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ever tried the blackened miso pork belly at Opposite House? How about the 280 EURO tasting menu at Le Bristol Paris? Or Joël Robuchon's award-winning French cuisine at MGM Grand in Las Vegas?

If you happen to have dined at any of these—or 98 other—top-tier hotel restaurants around the world, you may want to take a look at The Daily Meal's "101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around The World," which was published late last week. Consulting the Michelin Guide, and using the well-traveled knowledge of TDM editors, the list was compiled using only two criteria: the hotels had to have at least 15 rooms (which immediately eliminated small B&Bs and private dining clubs), and the restaurants had to actually be housed within the hotels themselves.

However, that still left a lot, a lot, a lot of restaurants to choose from. In fact, the final list tallied properties in over 80 cities in 40 countries across six continents. Find out which of your favorites made the cut!

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Keanu Reeves' Excellent Adventure in Beijing Happened at The Oakwood

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  Site Where: No. 8 Dongzhimenwai Xiejie, Beijing, China
August 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (2)

While there's soon to be a handful of luxury hotels in Beijing for the rich and famous to stay at, actor Keanu Reeves chose more humble lodgings when he was in town filming the "Man of Tai Chi", his directorial debut.

"The Matrix" star opted for serviced apartment brand, Oakwood Residence Beijing in the city's Chaoyang District (that's Keanu with the hotel's general manager Arthur Krieger.) The hotel has a whopping 406 fully-equipped modern luxury apartments ranging from studios to four-bedroom penthouse and terrace apartments. On-site there's also a fitness center, a health and beauty spa, a business center, a kids play area and even some private landscaped gardens.

Rates at the Oakwood Beijing start at about $129USD a night and typically require a 30-night minimum stay. and as Oakwood pointed out in the comments below, there is no minimum stay requirement. Excellent!

Have you stayed at an Oakwood before? How does it compare to other extended stay or serviced apartment brands out there? Sound off in comments below!

[Photo: Oakwood Residence Beijing]

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Four Seasons Shanghai, Pudong and Beijing Start Accepting Reservations

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  Site Where: China
July 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like Four Seasons will soon add their share to the Asia hotel boom: doors will open to Four Seasons Shanghai, Pudong, and Four Seasons Beijing on August 28 and October 29, respectively.

We spotted Four Seasons Shanghai, Pudong earlier this year from the heights of the Park Hyatt next door. The start date for reservations has actually moved up a few days from September 1 at the time to August 28 now.

You'll find 187 rooms in the 55-story tower, alongside 73 luxury residences. Art-deco inspired design will bring a pared-down aesthetic to the rooms and public spaces, with splashes of red in a neutral color palette in the rooms. We liked some of the first images we saw here, so we're interested to see the end result.

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