Four Seasons Hotel Beijing setting new standards in China
From the new openings of Four Seasons properties around the world in the past 3 years, the new Four Seasons in Beijing draws on Four Seasons iconic luxury hospitality standards, sensibly blending 21st century innovations and an enhanced level of personalized service.
Housed within a modern skyscraper in an ideal location downtown Beijing (for both leisure and corporate guests), the Four Seasons Beijing achieves a rare sense of place, not only through interior design touches, including a wealth of spectacular artworks by the most famous Chinese contemporary artists, but also through the finest Chinese cuisine (a rare achievement for a foreign hotelier in China) and a most warm and intuitive service.
Four Seasons Beijing is located within the vibrant Chaoyang district, home to international companies, embassies (U.S, France etc) and news agencies. The hotel is within 15 minutes drive from Beijing’s famous 798 Art District and Sanlitun (one of Beijing’s top luxury shopping, dining and entertainment areas), 30 minute drive from the Forbidden City and 45 minute drive to the Great Wall.
The quality of contruction, finishes and materials is impressive, the hotel being lavishly adorned with the finest imported marble, woods and crystal chandeliers. No expense has been spared in ensuring the DNA of the already legendary Four Seasons standard: a serene environment secured by great soundproofing, the heavenly comfortable Four Seasons bed, large marble bathrooms with separate walk in shower and free-standing bathtub and high speed wi-fi internet throughout the hotel (a higher speed than at most other Beijing luxury hotels).
The grand lobby of the hotel with its huge atrium perfectly matches the Opus name, as it recreates the ambiance of an opera or theatre house. In less than 4 months since opening, the Opus lounge has become a favourite among locals (both Chinese and expats), whether for an informal lunch or the afternoon tea – an exquisit experience with the finest choice of teas and canapes.
One of the ‘hidden’ secrets of the hotel is the Tea Garden, a true oasis within the hotel’s glass covered atrium, which completes the unique SPA, each visit turning into a virtual experience journey of traditional Chinese and Asian inspired treatments. The SPA focuses on both relaxation and well being – detox, muscle tension, ultimate moisturizing and other healing techniques. Biologique Recherche has been the choice of the SPA for top quality facials and skin treatments.
Rooms and suites (including the 950 sqm Imperial Suite) at the Four Seasons Beijing are among the largest in Beijing among luxury hotels with comfort as the highest priority. Technology features include automatic control of curtains and shades and the latest SmartTv’s (including bathroom mirror enclosed TVs), with a wide range of local and international television and DVD offerings.
My favourite dining venue at the hotel is the Italian Mio Restaurant, a sophisticated environment with a retro twist, featuring a menu of classic and modern interpretations of the very best of Southern Italian cuisine. Mio also features one of the finest collection of Italian wines. Make sure you do not miss the very original Tiramisu and the Francis Coppola wine!
The hotel’s Cai Yi Xuan is probably the most luxurious setting for a Chinese restaurant I have ever experience, with a dramatic decor that combines Western and Chinese. The eight private dining rooms offer the most upscale dining experience in Beijing – including a private bar with its own locker where regular guests store their spirits. Any of the dining rooms are also ideal for exclusive events.
Having stayed and visited other Beijing luxury hotels, the Four Seasons Beijing features the finest contemporary / classic product. The Private Apartments unit of the complex which are also managed by Four Seasons and the upcoming luxury shopping gallery are set to further consolidate Four Seasons as the top destination for luxury lifestyle in China’s capital.
Besides the impressive facilities, it is really the team of the hotel that has propulsed the Four Seasons Beining among the finest in China. The hotel’s GM has succeeded in motivating his team to engage with guests, making each and every one truly feel at home.
The Four Seasons Beijing family which have made my stay a memorable one: Vincent, Jacqueline, Anson, Alexander, Sanjiv, Peter, Graham, Martin… Thank you !
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Oliver Petcu in Beijing