Behind the shiny bronze facade, this 176 room hotel located in the most prime location near Tiananmen and the Forbidden City will completely revolutionize what you think about service in China -- forget Communist, think Exceptional!
The decor is Art Deco chic, the food is divine especially the Chinese food of HK chef Menex Cheung at Zhijin Mansion -- ask for some his homemade XO sauce to put on everything, especially the Wagyu beef and stewed eggplant. Also the fried cod in coconut milk, which sizzles in the stone bowl and tastes like a bit of Thailand. Maybe skip the poached bullfrog although you're in China so perhaps that's part of the adventure. He's really talented so I bet that tastes good too.
Also incredibly skilled are the spa therapists, in the Zen calm 7 room spa. Wynton Zhai gave me possibly the best massage of my life, focusing along the body's meridians, according to Chinese traditional medicine but also incorporating Aromatherapy Associates oils which smelled divine.
My personal concierge Charlie emailed prior to my arrival. He speaks English like a native, organized everything I needed and gave me an excellent tour of the surrounding neighborhood alleys called hutongs.
Save room for the hotel's unique red velvet cake made with raspberries, which comes in bite size for those who just want a taste, although you'll probably end up ordering the full cake too. I did.
Already plotting my return.....!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waldorf Astoria Beijing is an extraordinary place where your own story begins. Standing as a dramatic bronze building, the hotel is a landmark in the heart of the Wangfujing district, and an icon where time transcends through the rich Chinese tradition to today’s sophisticated affluent lifestyle. The hotel features 171 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including 9 with furnished terraces in the main hotel tower and 1 Waldorf Hutong Villa, plus 3 Hutong studios and a room in two beautifully constructed (to original specifications) Hutongs. Guests of Waldorf Astoria Beijing also enjoy the unparalleled benefits of the Hilton HHonors Program. ... more less
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