The Luxe List 2019: The PuXuan

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The PuXuan makes an impression from the get-go thanks to its prestigious location opposite Beijing’s National Art Museum. That the angular building it’s housed in is the brainchild of starchitect Ole Scheeren only enhances the statement being made—but it’s not a brash one. On the contrary, the hotel’s exterior pays homage to the ancient hutong laneways surrounding it, while interiors merge traditional and modern seamlessly. Those familiar with The PuXuan’s Shanghai sister hotel, The PuLi, will be pleased to note the same dedication to creating gorgeous spaces in which you immediately feel at home, from the lobby lounge that invites you to marvel at a perfectly framed view of Jingshan Park, to the small but lovely outdoor courtyards and terraces. With the Forbidden City and other attractions right outside, guests will enjoy retreating to the UR Spa at the end of a day of sightseeing. Another pleasure is the truly creative fare at Cantonese restaurant Fu Chun Ju or buzzing bistro Rive Gauche. Executive chef Ivan Miguez’s previous stint at Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai shows through in the artful delivery of dishes such as bone marrow with tendon crackling and steamed cuttlefish with strawberry, coriander seeds, and squid-ink gel.
—86-10/5393-6688; thepuxuan.com; doubles from US$320

See the full 2019 Luxe List in the October/November 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2019: The PuXuan”).

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