Waldorf Astoria Beijing
At a Glance
Beautiful contemporary feel with modern art touches
Fantastic location for some of Beijing's greatest cultural sites including the Forbidden City
Stunning Hutong wing with rooms laid out in the traditional Chinese style
Large and fantastically designed rooms and bathrooms
Great indoor pool and wonderful spa utilising traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies
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With scorching summers, cold winters, temperate springs and pleasant autumns, Beijing and its surrounding area experiences four distinct seasons. During the summer months, the mercury can reach over 40°C, bringing monsoon rains and extreme humidity, despite being the peak season for travel. From November through to March, northern winds whip through the city, seeing temperatures tumble to as low as -20°C in January, the coldest month. Springtime is windy yet pleasant, although sandstorms from Mongolia sweep through at this time of year making outdoor sightseeing uncomfortable. The Autumn months are the perfect time to travel, with fewer tourists and the most clement weather for exploring the city.
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Located in the historic centre of Beijing, the Waldorf Astoria provides the perfect fusion of modern luxury and the traditional orient. With a brilliant mix of contemporary art pieces and classic architectural elements the hotel encapsulates Beijing.
Beijing is fantastic and vibrant metropolis combining rich imperial history and modern development with some brilliant hidden corners. With its attention to detail, beautiful artistic touches and wonderful service the Waldorf Astoria is the perfect base from which to explore this city.
The hotel is situated in the heart of Beijing just steps away from the major shopping and nightlife districts as well as cultural sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the famous Beijing night market with lots of weird and wonderful goods to try! From the hotel, the city is at your fingertips whether you are a culture vulture or like to shop till you drop.
After days exploring this incredible city you'll want to relax and indulge both your body and your mind. Test out the fantastic spa treatments and therapies with a dip in the beautiful indoor pool or indulge your taste buds at the award-winning Brasserie 1893 or Zijin Mansion restaurants.
However you choose to spend your time in Beijing, this luxurious hotel will ensure your stay is seamless the delightful concierge team at the Astoria will be on hand to assist with any special requirements.
The Waldorf Astoria offers a range of luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, each beautifully decorated in a modern style and an oriental flare. Each room and suite benefits from spacious accommodation and comes complete with fantastic array of amenities.
There are two wings to the hotel, with special suites available in the Waldorf Hutong Courtyard. The four studios located here are designed in the traditional Chinese style over just two floors to provide a more traditional experience.
Children are welcome at The Waldorf Astoria but there are no special facilities except for babysitting which can be arranged on request.
There are two beautiful restaurants to choose from at The Waldorf Astoria Beijing - The Brasserie 1893 and Zijin Mansion serving an array of continental and Cantonese dishes. Brasserie 1893 takes its name from Waldorf Astoria New York and its staring element is the Chef's Table to accommodate eight guests. For those who want to try the best of Cantonese and Beijing specialities Zijin Mansion provides the perfect spot. Alongside these there is the beautifully designed Peacock Alley for a pre or post dinner drink or to indulge in one of Beijing's favourite pastimes - afternoon tea.
For a different kind of indulgence the spa offers an array of relaxing treatments and there is a stunning indoor pool in which to relax.
There is a huge amount to explore in Beijing and the Waldorf Astoria is extremely well located for the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square which you can spy from the upper floors of the hotel. Then of course slightly further away you have a whole different side of Beijing with the vibrant 798 art district and fascinating Hutongs.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
I really enjoyed the Waldorf Astoria it has a contemporary, cool feel to the hotel that feels very luxurious without being overly stuffy or pretentious. The lobby lounge and bar was packed with people throughout our stay and made a mean Martini, definitely recommended for pre diner drinks or afternoon tea which is really popular in the city. The public areas of the hotel have double height ceilings which makes it feel extremely light and airy as you wander around. This continues into the bedrooms which have floor to ceiling windows and great views over the city below. The wooden floors make the rooms feel very chic and the bathrooms in the higher categories are beautiful with claw footed tubs placed perfectly to gaze out over the skyline. In addition to the usual selection of rooms and suites the hotel have also purchased part of a local Hutong. This runs parallel to the main hotel and has been converted into a traditional Beijing home based around a courtyard with low rise rooms based over two floors on each side. If you are looking for something completely different then these suites offer a really traditional way of loving and are still connected to the main hotel via a tunnel which leads you straight into the spa and basement swimming pool. Handy!
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The Waldorf Astoria has a brilliant location just a stone's throw from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, which is fantastic as the traffic in Beijing can get overwhelming in rush hour! In contrast to its location the hotel is full of trendy art pieces and has a fantastic contemporary feel which I loved!
798 Art District
Today enjoy a half-day tour of the 798 Art District which was a former military factory and has been turned into a contemporary arts hub for local artists. You will also visit Caochangdi Gallery and Red Gate Gallery.
Acrobatic Show in Chaoyang Theatre
Enjoy a stunning acrobatic show that showcases the highly skilled acts from contortionist to balancing routines to high wire stunts.
Badaling Great Wall by Helicopter
Tick off the iconic Great Wall in a spectacular fashion for a bird's eye view on one of its most well-preserved sections.
Beijing Brewery Discovery Experience
Wind through the alleyways and lanes of Beijing’s Hutongs and discover neighbourhood haunts where you’ll taste the city’s favourite late-night snack and sample local craft beer and spirits, including the potent ‘baijiu’.
Beijing City Tour
Today, embark on a full day tour of Beijing city as you explore the highlights including the Yonghe Lama Temple, Guozijiang Street, the Drum Tower and the Temple of Heaven.
Beijing Highlights - Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Palace
This morning, explore the highlights of Beijing. Visit Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City. Delve into the rich history and witness the past grandeur and glory of the Chinese imperial family.
Beijing Religion and Philosophy
Explore Beijing’s rich variety of religions and philosophies as you travel from Confucius Shrines to Tibetan Buddhist temples, Taoist temples to Muslim mosques and uncover the strength of traditional beliefs held by the worshippers.
Beijing Sidecar Fun
Take an exciting ride exploring Beijing in a sidecar! Discover the other side of Beijing as the tour brings you to the less known Hutongs, Fan Yuan Si - the oldest Buddhist temple, Confucius Temple or the Drum and Bell Tower.
Beijing's Modern Architectures
Today, we discover the modern side of Beijing's ever-evolving cityscape, such as the Bird's Nest, National Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Phoenix International Media Centre, CCTV, and the National Grand Theatre.
Biking in Beijing
View Beijing in a different light as you embark on biking tour at night. Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City and cycle through Tian An Men Square and the National Theatre. End at the night market where you can sample some local snacks.
Boat Ride at Beihai Park
Enjoy one-hour boat ride on the lake of Beihai Park, a beautiful imperial garden with a white pagoda.
Chinese Kung Fu Show
Enjoy an exciting Chinese Kungfu Show this evening where a Buddhist monk endures trials and challenges as he grows up to be a successful Kungfu master.
Cooking in the Hutongs
Learn how to cook traditional Beijing cuisine during this fun and interactive cookery lesson in Beijing's hutongs (narrow streets, courtyards and alleyways).
Today, we make a visit to Cuandixia village approximately 90 kilometre from Beijing.
Dumpling-Making Class at The Hutong
Learn how to knead and roll dough, create fillings and utilize natural dyes from fresh vegetables to make colourful dumpling wraps.
Forbidden City and Hutong Family Homemade Lunch
Beijing balances its ancient history with its 21st century lifestyles and this experience is a chance to explore both of these with a visit to the ancient Forbidden City and a chance to meet a local family and join them for lunch in their home.
Forbidden City Treasure Hunt
Uncover the secrets of Beijing’s Forbidden City as you take a treasure hunt through its palaces, gardens and imperial buildings in this family-friendly experience. Listen out for clues from your guide and search for special symbols in the 9,999 buildings.
Gubeikou Hike, Great Wall of China
Delve into the rich history of China as you walk the remote Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. Explore how this crumbling structure played an important part in protecting Beijing from Mongolian nomads and meet local farmers and producers.
Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Full Day Hike
Embark on a full day hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Visit this untouched and remote ruins as you witness the original glory of the great wall.
Hutong Calligraphy Class at Summer Palace
Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy for 2 hours inside the Summer Palace, where the emperors once upon a time studied.
Hutong Cultural Immersion
Enjoy a unique Hutong experience on this half day tour as you take a rickshaw to visit the Drum Tower and a local home. Take part in the cultural activities like Chinese paper cutting, kite making and biking through the Hutong.
Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk
Get a taste of Beijing as you tour family-run restaurants in a tuktuk. Feast on homemade noodles, meat buns, popular yoghurt, roasted BBQ meats, roll traditional pancakes, down the Baijiu's firewater spirit and conclude at a local craft beer brewery.
Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk
Get a taste for the flavours of Beijing as you spend an evening touring neighbourhood family-run restaurants in a tuktuk before ending the night at a local craft beer brewery. Feast on local delicacies as you mingle with the residents of the hutongs.
Hutong Walking Tour Series
Uncover a world hidden from view as you walk through the hutongs, or alleyways, that connect Beijing’s neighbourhood houses and hear the eye-opening and intriguing stories of some of their most colourful inhabitants.
Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong are two fascinating physical exercises which Chinese people often like to practice in preparation for the day ahead. During this short class, understand the history and health benefits of this morning ritual and learn some basic moves.
Jinshanling Great Wall Exploration
Visit Jinshanling Great Wall where fewer tourists venture. Enjoy the pristine beauty and serenity as you walk along the wall.
Jinshanling Hike at The Great Wall
Get away from the crowds as you trek a remote section of the Great Wall of China with a guide, along crumbling ramparts and past watchtowers with exceptional views over the surrounding rugged countryside.
Maliandao Tea Market
Taste three main tea types: Green, Oolong and Pu'er and discover the health benefits and processing practices associated with the different tea types. You will also learn about the art of tea-potting and tea-brewing.
Morning Jingshan Park Visit
This morning, climb up to the top of Jingshan Park for a great view of the majestic Forbidden City. Interact with the locals going about their daily routines and gain an insight into their lives.
Mutianyu Great Wall Exploration
Today, visit the restored section of the Great Wall - Mutianyu. Take a cable car ride up and go for an easy walk before riding down on a toboggan!
Peking Opera with Behind the Scenes Visit
We will head to Liyuan Theatre for a classic performance of Peking Opera. Before the show, you have the chance to watch the actors and actresses painting their faces.
Picnic with Wine and Cheeses on the Great Wall
Walk along the ancient Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China, offering perhaps the most authentic experience with unrestored towers and crumbling ramparts, towards the renovated section at Mutianyu. Soak in the views with a picnic lunch on the wall.
Private Kung Fu Class
This morning, enjoy a 1-hour private practice of Chinese Kung Fu under the guidance of a Kung Fu master.
Private Peking Opera Painting Class
Immerse in a one-hour private class on a local tea house and learn how to paint Peking Opera face on a mask.
Qianmen Pedestrian Street
Walk along the Qianmen pedestrian street with a history of 600 years old, and if you have children, they will enjoy a ride on a "diang-diang" tram.
Shadow Art Class
On this one-hour shadow art class, you will be joined by a teacher who will share insights into the history of Shadow Arts and you can learn how to ink the materials and turn it into a puppet.
Special Access to Chonghua Palace
Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute visit to Chonghua Palace, not open to general public.
Summer Palace Exploration
Discover the enchanting Summer Palace, one of the most well-preserved of palaces in Beijing. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and take a shared boat ride on Kunming Lake.
Tai Chi & Qigong Lesson
Tai Chi and Qigong are two fascinating physical exercises which Chinese people practice in preparation for the day ahead. During this short 1-hour class, understand the history and health benefits of this morning ritual and learn some basic moves.
Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.
Visit Tiannamen Square & The Forbidden City
Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.
Visit to The Temple of Heaven & The Summer Palace
Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.
Walking around the Great Wall of China
Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.
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Location & directions
The Waldorf Astoria is located in the heart of the Ancient city of Beijing within easy access to all major historical and modern sites. The Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and the Great Wall are all nearby and the delightful concierge team would be happy to help you arrange a visit.
How to get there
Located just 27km from Beijing Capital International Airport, the hotel is best reached by car and the journey should take around 50-minutes.
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