Rosewood Beijing Opens Today
-Contemporary yet timeless sanctuary is first Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® China property
HONG KONG, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rosewood Beijing opens today, signaling the presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® ultra-luxury brand in Asia. The 283-room hotel, located at the core of Beijing's Central Business District (CBD) of Chaoyang, opposite the iconic CCTV Tower, is a true reflection of Beijing, a city where ancient meets modern.
"This hotel was envisioned as an unconventional haven and a distinctively different hotel encounter," says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. "We want to provide sophisticated guests the ease they feel at home, yet also a place where they can create their own journey to experience the authentic and unexpected Beijing."
A Sense of Place® in Beijing
Rosewood Beijing brings to Asia the collection's A Sense of Place® philosophy which was interpreted by the hotel's designer, Stewart Robertson of BARstudio. The guest experience subliminally mirrors the ageless Chinese concept of journey and welcome: travellers arriving at imposing city gates and passing through fine gardens, engaging with hospitable hosts, before finally, as though symbolically ascending through a classic Chinese mountainscape, arriving at a private, relaxing retreat.
At Rosewood Beijing, this concept is first encountered with the imposing, bronze Jiao Tu (Sons of Dragon) sculptures which stand on either side of the entrance and act as the hotel's guardians. Guests drive up to a foliage-filled courtyard, the only one of its type in the capital, which acts as a buffer from the frenetic activity outside. Rosewood Beijing in fact offers more landscaped outdoor space than any other Beijing luxury hotel, with terraces, gardens and balconies integrated into many areas of the hotel.
Contemporary, Timeless Art
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 that Beijing is the artistic centre of China.
"Our artistic journey reveals the many diverse elements of Beijing and Chinese cultural legacies, but revitalised and reinterpreted for modern audiences," says hotel Managing Director Marc Brugger. The hotel's ongoing art programme will continue to nurture emerging artists and showcase established talent.
Residential Styled Guestrooms
Guestrooms, each measuring at least 538 square feet (50 square metres), are amongst the largest in the city. Soft-touch bed linens, marble-tiled bathrooms with bespoke bath products, fine furnishings with subtle colour palettes and gentle mood lighting all contribute to the serene residential feel. This is complemented by carefully selected art pieces and books on Chinese art, architecture and customs, echoing the brand's signature A Sense of Place®.
Culinary innovation is a hallmark of Rosewood Beijing, with six sophisticated restaurants and lounges presenting cuisines from across China and around the world. 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. RED BOWL stylish hot pot restaurant elevates the authentic cuisine from its humble origins. Bistrot B, with the adjoining Bistrot B Lounge • Bar, is an international bistro with interactive kitchens under the charge of Chef Jarrod Verbiak, a protégé of renowned chef Daniel Boulud. MEI comprises three stylish bars: a cocktail bar, wine bar and whiskey bar, with live musicians, resident DJs, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Beijing skyline.
Recreation and Retreats
Rosewood's Sense® spa brand, based on the principles of purity and authenticity, also makes its debut in Asia with a special feature – five spa suites designed for overnight stays. The conservatory-like, glass-domed indoor swimming pool, a first amongst Beijing luxury hotels, with its relaxation deck and lush foliage is an equally striking retreat. Recreational facilities also include a gym and yoga studio.
The property's exclusive Manor Club, provides an elevated level of personalisation and luxury for guests staying in hotel suites. Complete with library, pool table and fireplace, serving a menu of cocktails and light dishes, the homey indoor/outdoor lounge is also distinguished by 24-hour butler and concierge service.
Stunning Gathering Spaces
Rosewood Beijing's central location makes it the perfect venue for both grand corporate events and intimate soirées, with 36,060 square feet (3,350 square metres) of venue space. A light-filled, three-storey-high pre-function space adjoins a pillar-less ballroom of 7,860 square feet (730 square metres.) It is the first luxury hotel ballroom in Beijing to feature a connected outdoor garden for weddings and other special occasions. In another first for Beijing, the residential-style Pavilion annex offers two combinable areas for events in the style of an elegant private home.
The hotel's "Time to Discover" opening package includes guaranteed 24-hour check-in/check-out so guests may leave the hotel on departure day at the same time they checked-in on arrival; airport limousine pick-up; complimentary consumption of all mini-bar beer and soft drinks; and breakfast at Bistrot B or in-room. "Time to Discover" rates start from CNY2,188 for a Deluxe Room, single or double occupancy, with the option of a CNY500 supplement for Manor Club executive club lounge access, excluding tax and service charge and based on availability, valid 23 October 2014 through 28 February 2015.
About Rosewood Beijing
The 283-room ultra-luxury Rosewood Beijing, located in the Chaoyang District opposite the iconic CCTV Tower, is the first China property for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®. The hotel features six restaurants and lounges including Bistrot B and Bistrot B Lounge • Bar, RED BOWL stylish hot pot restaurant, MEI bar, Country Kitchen and The House of Dynasties Chinese restaurant. Meeting and function space, totaling 3,350 square metres, includes a pillar-less ballroom and the Pavilion residential-style event venue. The first Rosewood Sense® spa in Asia features an indoor swimming pool, gym and yoga studio. Also debuting is the Manor Club, Rosewood's sophisticated, exclusive access executive lounge. RED BOWL and Sense® will open in December 2014 and MEI in March 2015.
About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 19 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 10 countries. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand's A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location's history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world's most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hotel de Crillon in Paris re-opening in 2015. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts targets to double its portfolio within five years with 11 future hotels currently announced.
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