Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Hotels in Beijing

Beijing Hotels Update
Beijing continues to have a high rate of new hotels being developed in preparation not only for the Olympics but also for the ever increasing numbers of tourism and business travelers visiting the city. The massive expansion in the hotel industry is not just in five star hotels but includes three and four star hotels along with the slow to develop boutique hotels. Increasing numbers of hotels will continue to be built after the Olympics to cater for growing demands of travelers.
Enticingly stylish boutique hotels can be found developing in some of Beijing’s ancient hutongs among the courtyard homes and busy street life that characterizes the hutongs. Other boutique hotels have been newly built and prove more popular with the Chinese market than hotels developed from poverty associated courtyard homes.
New Five Star Hotels include:
The Opposite House
Building 1
#11 Sanlitun Lu
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100027
Tel: +86106476688
Fax: +861064177799
answers@theoppositehouse.com
A 99 room hotel part of a large high-end shopping development in Sanlitun called The Village.
Restaurants include:
Sureno serving mediterranean
Bei serving north Asian cuisine
Mesh lounge bar
Punk with live DJs
Photos of The Opposite House Hotel are included in our August 16th blog posting.

Hotel G
7 Gongti Xi Lu
Sanlitun
Chao Yang District
Glitzy, glamorous and gracious this new hotel has rooms available for the Olympics starting at 6500RMB for 4 nights available through www.avantgardehotels.com/hotels.php/luxury/hotelg/lang/en
Situated near the Worker’s Stadium this hotel is ideally located for excellent shopping, dining and drinking options. This 1960’s retro chic style hotel opens 1st July 2008. Rooms are generously sized. The hotel includes a fine Japanese restaurant.
Doubletree by Hilton
Due to open in time for the Olympic Games
Located in the Financial District west of Tiananmen Square
The Langham
Opening late this year The Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport and Langham Place Beijing Chaoyang, located near the Chaoyang business district north east of the city.

Park Hyatt
Due to open soon in the tallest building on Chang’an Avenue in the Yintai Centre.

Mandarin Oriental Beijing
Opening in the China Central Television development right by East Third Ring Road during the last half of 2008 this hotel is bound to be popular in such a famous landmark building.

Boutique Hotels include:
Hotel Cote Cour SL
70 Yan Yue Hutong
Dongcheng District
Tel: 65128020
Opened 2007 with just 14 rooms surrounding a Ming Dynasty courtyard, this elegant hotel combines history with modern comfort and convenience. A central garden with a lotus pond and a bar where breakfast, dinner and drinks help to your stay in Cote Cour SL enjoyably unique. Great professional service will help ensure you have a memorable stay in this delightful hotel. Ideally located close to Wangfujing and close to the lively bars of Houhai where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll around the lake or visit the many bars and restaurants.
Guixiang 20
20 Nanluoguxiang
Dongcheng District
Tel: 64005566
Also opened in 2007 this beautifully photogenic, 28 room hotel is located right on the famous Nanluoguxiang (see www.beijing-visitor for more information on Nanluoguxiang) with its many small restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutique shops that attract many of Beijing tourists. The hotel successfully integrates traditional decorations and features with modern conveniences like room service, internet access and satellite tv.
Rooms start at 1280RMB
Hotel Kapok
16 Donghuamen Dajie
Dongcheng District
Tel: 65259988
Ideally located for those wanting to visit Beijing’s famous Forbidden City or the centre of the city, Hotel Kapok couldn’t get any closer to the Forbidden City. Providing 62 rooms and 27 suites this hotel was built from a former government building which designer Zhu Pei covered in a grid of frosted fibreglass. The Kapok makes the most of natural light to create a light and airy environment. Guests get the distinct feeling of a clean spacious, airy, green environment with the use mirrors, glass and ginko printed wallpapers, huge bathtubs and even little courtyards in some rooms.
Rooms start at 960RMB
Xinyuan Inn
21 Yandai Xiejie Lu
Xicheng District
Tel: 64014753
Recently opened in 2007 this 35 room hotel on Yandai is right in the heart of the Houhai area with very clean rooms, cheerful staff ready to help with all travel needs. Bicycles are available for rent and the Houhai area provides numerous restaurants for eating. The hotel provides a rooftop bar ideal for warm summer evenings.

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