The Luxe List 2014: Waldorf Astoria, Beijing, China
All that glitters isnâ€™t necessarily gold â€”sometimes, itâ€™s bronze, like the latticework that Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill created to clad this new Beijing house of luxury. A stoneâ€™s throw from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the hotel is the Waldorfâ€™s second installment in its quickly expanding foray into Asia, and itâ€™s glitzy inside and out. Yabu Pushelberg interiors mix lacquered framework and walls covered in raw silk with high-tech amenities (rooms come with tablets and smartphones) and the hotelâ€™s impressive Chinese art collection. A hauntingly androgynous portrait by Beijing artist Ling Jian hangs in the Peacock Alley Lounge; one of Shao Fanâ€™s â€śDeconstructedâ€ť chairs sits on the mezzanine level. In the spa, exceptional therapists administer a menu of treatments that leave a lasting impression, as do chef Menex Cheungâ€™s Cantonese delicacies (think spicy Wagyu beef in stewed eggplant), served in the elegant dining room of Zijin Mansion.
5â€“15 Jinyu Hutong Dongcheng; 86-10/8520-8989; Waldorf Astoria Beijing; doubles from US$490