With Olympic fever hitting the city of Beijing right now, I felt that it would be appropriate to put together a little top list of four favourite properties located in what is referred to by many historians as “…one of the world’s greatest cities”.
A little bit about Beijing: It is one of China’s largest metropolitan centres, with an approximate population over 14 million, and the city has served as the political and cultural hub of the country for over eight centuries. Beijing is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples and shrines, and its art treasures and universities have long made the city a centre for culture and art in China.
Here is a list (in no particular order) of some of my favourite luxury properties that make up part of the Kiwi Collection – ones that provide the discerning traveler with an experience beyond the norm, and will undoubtedly make a positive impact in travels while in this dynamic city.
The Opposite House – Eminent Japanese architect Kango Kama designed the Opposite House, a unique hotel embracing a modern lifestyle. The hotel presents contemporary style and abundant space perfectly complemented by refreshingly individual service, ideal for business or leisure travelers.
98 large studio rooms and suites plus a 2 level penthouse complete with roof terrace are designed with subtle touches of traditional Chinese décor intermingled with modern furniture to provide a sense of space, warmth and utmost comfort. Each room comes with natural wooden floors, King size down beds and the most luxurious spa bathrooms. Top shelf entertainment amenities, a Nespresso machine and premium toiletries enhance the guest experience.
Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski – The Commune by The Great Wall Kempinski is a private collection of living contemporary Chinese and Asian architecture, where modernism and tradition blend together. Offering an architectural experience with breath-taking views over the landscape of the Shuiguan valley and the Great Wall. This unique collection of architectural gems combined with an impeccable, personal service and attention to detail make the Commune an ideal place for business and leisure traveler alike.
A total of 46 bedrooms in 11 beautifully designed villas ranging in size from 300 to 700 m2, each with an average of four bedrooms, each villa offers dedicated butler service, available around the clock. All villas offer wireless LAN with broadband technology as well as computer data ports for easy Internet access. A wide range of the most unusual meeting space, featuring modern amenities is available to make every event an unforgettable success.
Raffles Beijing Hotel – Built in the 1900s, Raffles Beijing Hotel has long stood as an icon of Beijing’s historical heritage. Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights.
Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomizes elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. Guest rooms and suites are tastefully appointed with intricate Oriental accents and French elegance, providing exclusive accommodation for discerning travelers.
The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street – The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street is located at the intersection of Taipingqiao and Jinchengfangdong, a magnificent focal point of China’s most significant business and financial center. Offering well-appointed guest rooms, comforting amenities and a wealth of high-tech conveniences, the hotel will be the ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers.
Ritz Carlton Beijing, Financial Street offers 253 guest rooms including 33 suites and 34 Ritz-Carlton Club Level rooms. With contemporary design of glass and chrome defines the sparkling exterior, while the interior exudes elegance and warm hospitality. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing also offers their signature linens and featherbeds for extra comfort.