Ni hao- Beijing.
Today we are in China. Yes, we found another iconic China/ Beijing experience, located beside the Forbidden City on the ‘Street of Eternal Peace’.
It is the epitome of the best of Beijing’s past, combining with all the excitement and sophistication of contemporary China.
The hotel was build in the early 1900’s and has an iconic French-Orient colonnaded façade. It is since a century been the place to be for Royalty and diplomats, celebs and film stars, but also for regular travellers with a sense of style and occasion.
The place is located at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing.
This fantastic stylish landmark sits at the heart of the business districts is just moments from Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Bei Hai Park away. Nearby is the historical Lama Temple and the famous Silk Market.
The rooms and suites are iconic, sumptuous and unique, lets say showing the best of Beijing in fashion, trend and beautiful style.
The mixture of classic French-Orient architecture and old world charm, lovingly restored with wood floors, sparkling chandeliers, marble bathrooms and Oriental rugs. The ‘Personality Suites’ pay homage to luminaries from the hotel’s fabled history while, for the business traveler, Raffles Inc Business Rooms mean that you’re connected, supported and working in fine style. Just nice.
Must do: If you’ll be in Beijing over the weekend, get up early and make a trip to Panjiayuan, a giant flea market where every imaginable curio, artifact and fake Tang dynasty knock-off is on sale. It used to be called the “dirt market” because peasants would cart in objects they supposedly unearthed themselves, squat in the market’s open field and hawk their wares. There are no peasants now, and the market grounds are no longer just an open field, but there are still plenty of merchants selling everything from antiques to paintings. Many of the stalls are open through the week, but the flea market is best early on Saturday or Sunday. You’ll find the market southwest of the Panjiayuan Bridge, on the southern part of Third East Ring Road. It’s slightly off the beaten path — though only a short ride from the middle of town — and well worth the trip.
Our Resto tip: “Jaan”
The innovative french cuisine offers french food and upscale fare like lobster and wagyu steak.
In general the place is your oasis of calm and charm amid the hub of this most dynamic of cities, it is a luxurious heaven loved by those with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the very best.
Amenities include a fitness center, swimming pool and spa, which offers standard treatments and massages.
Take a seat at the contemporary Yunnan-inspired Lost Heaven or at Maison Boulud, three-Michelin-starred New York chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant in the nearby Ch’ien Men 23 complex.
Top it off with an opera, ballet or play at the egg-shaped National Center for the Performing Arts.
You will love it.