The Luxe List 2015

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A work by the popular Chinese artist Liyongfei is displayed at the pool in Rosewood Beijing.

The Luxe List 2015: Rosewood Beijing, China

In a city excited by extravagance, Beijing’s most celebrated recent hotel arrival has opted for a more understated style of residential luxury. Stepping into the three-story lobby, guests at Rosewood’s first hotel in China are greeted with a bright and modern vibe, touched with artful vignettes that place you firmly in China’s ancient capital: a stack of string-bound scholar notepads, a feature wall of local railway sleepers, an abundance of Chinese art. In the central business Chaoyang District, the hotel sits beside the CCTV Tower, and of the 283 guest rooms—which start at 45 square meters and range all the way up the 177-square-meter grand Beijing House—the choicest face the tower, allowing guests to marvel at the off-kilter icon from window-side chaise lounges. And in a city known for its food, it’s impressive that the restaurants here attract plenty of locals. Among the four, Country Kitchen serves up northern Chinese favorites like Peking duck and hand-pulled noodles from fire-flashing open kitchens; and Red Bowl updates Beijing’s staple dish—the hotpot—with gourmet add-ins and pairings of craft beer and cocktails such as the Dongzhimen daiquiri flavored with strawberry and Sichuan pepper. But for guests, perhaps the star attraction is the 3,050-square-meter Sense Spa, with 11 treatment rooms including five live-in spa suites, which come with balconies and after-hours access to the glass-topped, sixth-floor pool—because sometimes you need to be pampered like an emperor.

86-10/6597-8888; Rosewood Hotels; doubles from US$300

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