Waldorf Astoria Beijing Expands Brand’s Footprint in China
Friday February 21st, 2014 - 10:48AM PB
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BEIJING—Marking the second Waldorf Astoria hotel in China and the brand’s continued international expansion, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts opened a new property here.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing features 176 guestrooms and suites, three restaurants—including Peacock Alley, Brasserie 1893 and Zijin Mansion—796 square meters of function meeting space, a spa and fitness center with heated indoor swimming pool. The hotel is operated by Hilton Worldwide and owned by China Oil & Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO).
Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located on the former site of Xianliang Temple, which was the permanent residence of Li Hongzhang, the first Chinese guest to stay at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Li’s visit held great political, economic and cultural significance within China.
The hotel is just 27 kilometers from Beijing International Airport, 2.5 kilometers from Beijing Railway Station and is within walking distance of the Dengshikou Subway Station. Guests of the hotel have convenient access to historic landmarks, such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
“The iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand has become the reference for defining luxury experiences and has a presence in key locations globally. It is for this reason that Beijing, a fusion of China’s past and present splendor, is the perfect location for Waldorf Astoria’s second hotel in China,” stated Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. “Waldorf Astoria Beijing will build on the success of its namesake, the renowned Waldorf Astoria New York, and its legacy of timeless luxury and exceptional experiences.”
With interior designs crafted by Yabu Pushelberg Landscape, the Waldorf Astoria Beijing premises embody both modern and traditional elements, especially the multi-million dollar art collection. Guestrooms include 38 suites in the main hotel tower and the Waldorf Hutong Villa, three Hutong studios and a room housed in two villas with private entrances located in a garden courtyard.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing is comprised of two buildings with varying styles. The main tower is a bronze building, which will transform its color as it ages. The surrounding Hutong Villas bear the elements of ancient Imperial China.
The hotel joins Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund as the brand’s portfolio expands in China.
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