Located in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD) of Chaoyang, opposite the iconic CCTV Tower, Rosewood Beijing has been conceived as a heaven of sophistication and relaxation, blending cutting edge architecture, technology, art and the city’s most complex dining offerings and comprehensive state of the art wellness facilities.
The hotel predominantly attracts corporate guests, boasting expansive meeting and conference venues as well as business services. It is actually hard to draw the line between a certain profile of guests because a business guest for the day can become a leisure guest the next. While the Rosewood Beijing welcomes mostly foreigners, domestic travellers are also a solid customer base.
But probably the biggest achievement of the hotel is how it succeeded in establishing itself as an integral part of the Beijing community who have become patrons at one of the six dining venues – restaurants and lounges which present cuisines from across China and around the world. And it is not only the achievement itself and the innovative culinary approach but also the consistency of maintaining this lead position in over 4 years since opening, which makes Rosewood Hotels a top luxury hospitality player.
The House of Dynasties evokes the exquisite dining experience once reserved for Beijing’s emperors, including luxurious private dining suites. Inspired by a rustic Chinese village, Country Kitchen specialises in Northern Chinese comfort fare, including traditional wood-roasted Peking duck, hand-pulled noodles and dumplings. It is probably one of the best Peking duck dishes I have ever tasted – make sure you reserve it in advance as it is extremely busy, mostly with locals.
RED BOWL is a stylish hot-pot restaurant which reinterprets the traditional approach to hot-pot. Bistrot B, with the adjoining Bistrot B Lounge • Bar serve French dishes in a contemporary bistro style. The showcase of this interactive restaurant is an open kitchen, featuring wood-fired oven, grill and large wok.
Rosewood Beijing is also home to MEI the hottest night entertainment venue of Beijing, which comprises of three stylish bars: a cocktail bar, wine bar and whiskey bar, with live musicians, resident DJs, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Beijing skyline. For the weekends MEI is probably the most sought after spot in Beijing thanks to the themed entertainment offerings which attracts the most sophisticated crowds.
My favourite venue of the hotel was The Manor House, a radical re-interpretation of the traditional luxury hotel executive lounge. The space which is reserved for a certain rooming category and for outside members features several distinct areas which, despite the overall expansive size, ensures privacy and comfort through a personalised service approach which I have found to be flawless during any time of the day. The feel is that of a luxurious club where guests can enjoy breakfast, an afternoon tea, a game of billiards, a wide selection of spirits, watch a game on one of the large SmartTvs or simply savour a coffee while catching up on work. The extensive use of wood, leather and real fire glass ‘walls’ in contrast with the floor-to-ceiling skyline city views turn the The Manor House into yet another signature innovation of Rosewood which is being developed at all new properties.
The arrival experience has not been overlooked symbolising the Chinese concept of journey and welcome: travellers arriving at imposing city gates and passing through fine gardens to reach intimate quarters. Majestic bronze Sons of Dragon sculptures stand by the two sides of the entrance acting as the hotel’s guardians. Guests drive up to a foliage-filled courtyard, the only one of its type in Beijing instilling a genuine sensorial and calming escape from the bustling city. Rosewood Beijing actually offers extensive landscaped outdoor space with terraces, gardens and balconies integrated into many areas of the hotel.
Guests enter via a soaring, three-storey-high lobby featuring striking art and calligraphy inspired by Chinese poet Bei Dao’s Rose of Time. The artwork throughout the hotel – from ink-brush painting to photography, mixed-media to sculpture is a reminder of Beijing’s deep art connections, many considering it the artistic capital of China.
Rosewood Beijing also provides seamless airport welcome and hotel transfers service. The hotel fleet includes two Range Rover Stretch 3.0 and three Jaguar XJL 3.0. The cars are also available for city tours or proximity trips.
The first Rosewood Sense Spa in Asia features an indoor swimming pool, gym and yoga studio. The glass-dome enclosed 830-square-meter heated indoor swimming pool which is flooded by daylight and framed by exotic trees is a first amongst Beijing luxury hotels. The sense of serenity and utter peace is enhanced in the relaxation deck by the lush foliage. I found it particularly beautiful especially during the evenings, the lights giving away a WOW factor.
Rooms and suites that are amongst the largest in the city, the accommodations recreating the sensations of a lavish residential apartment. Featuring natural finishes, textural overlays, spacious bathrooms, walk-in closets, and non-traditional elements with subtle Oriental aesthetics. All guest-rooms feature original cloisonné paintings, exquisite fine art prints, floor-to-ceiling windows, large marble bathrooms with bespoke Vincenzo Villoresi amenities. State of the art technology ensures centralised control of window blinds, lighting with different ‘moods’ and DND. Despite its cross-roads location, exceptional attention has been paid to soundproofing. You will love the lavish oversized beds which are so well taken care of by the very attentive housekeeping service.
Oliver Petcu in Beijing
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