It’s not easy being a luxury hotel in the Chinese capital – with a glut of high-end properties continuously vying to be the biggest, best, most opulent, expensive or outside the box. What’s more, with the investment that Chinese hospitality corporations put behind their hotels, you’ve got to have something special, whilst still excelling at everything else, to be among the top hotels in this city. With this in mind, the team behind the Four Seasons Beijing have gone all out, fusing the pedigree of this brand with contemporary Chinese hospitality. Aesthetically, the property leans towards a business hotel, but to address the balance, much of its lobby is dedicated to partnerships with fashion designers, artists, jewellers and artisan brands (at the time of our visit, a chocolatier). Rooms are sumptuous and welcoming, as you’d expect of any Four Seasons across the world, but with a distinctly Asian touch. However, what really stands out is the club lounge, looking out at Beijing’s arteries of bumper-to-bumper highways and frozen rivers. Here a select handful of guests breakfast, sip bubbly and take tea, under the watchful eye of Amber, its wonderfully helpful manager.
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