Four Seasons announced the scheduled opening for the first time of the luxury hotel brand in China’s capital. Opening in fall 2012, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing will be the third Four Seasons hotel to open in China this year, following the summer openings of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou and Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai.
The brand’s portfolio in the country already includes Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip and Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, with a dozen additional projects in advanced stages of development.
Located in the Liangmahe area of the Central Business District and close to the Third Diplomatic Precinct in northeastern Chaoyang, the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing is a combination of traditional themes harmonized with contemporary designs.
Drawing on principles of traditional Chinese architecture, the main hotel entry boasts a wide façade, reminiscent of the city’s Imperial Palaces. Surrounding a sky-lit atrium, each of the hotel’s 313 guestrooms and suites includes a living area; personalized touches such as plush robes, iPod docking station and espresso machine; twice daily housekeeping, express pressing and shoeshine services; and the signature Four Seasons bed. Sixty-six suites include oversize Ambassador Suites, Beijing Suites with walk-in closets, and Chairman Suites that can be expanded to accommodate families.
Crowning Four Seasons Hotel Beijing on the top floor is the Imperial Suite. At 7,860 square feet, plus a 2,690 square foot balcony, the layout includes a master bedroom suite with its own living area and exercise room, two additional bedrooms, a library study, media room, staff kitchen and outdoor living space with fire pit and plunge pool. It may be reached by direct elevator to either the common area or the bedroom area.
The property will have a culinary team of 130, helmed by executive chef Martin Knaubert who will oversee the kitchens at the hotel’s two restaurants and three lounges, as well as banqueting and in-room dining.
Just inside the hotel is the two-story Opus Lounge, wich features a landscape scaling one wall and textures of mohair, high gloss woods and rich jewel tones forming a backdrop for sculptures and modern artworks. Nearby is the Opus Bar, described as reminiscent of an old-time private club, with a dark color palette highlighted by blue leathers and a bar of tinted smoked glass and metal accents.
Upstairs at Cai Yi Xuan, the Chinese restaurant, are décor featuring up-lit floors and high gloss black zebrano wood, several enclosed art gardens, a sunlit formal dining room overlooking the street from the second floor, and eight very exclusive private dining rooms including two with secluded VIP seating areas and one presided over by the restaurant’s chef.
At Italian restaurant, Mio, is also available, boasting an open, sunlit floor plan that features a bar and corners set with sofas and low tables in addition to a private dining room. It has open show kitchens.