Aman Summer Palace Beijing
At a Glance
Secret door from the hotel directly into The Summer Palace next door
Majority of the buildings are former guesthouses for The Summer Palace
Three outstanding restaurants including a Chinese restaurant and Naoki serving French kaiseki cuisine
Huge underground spa complex includes a vast indoor pool
Cinema available for private hire complete with popcorn and a great list of movies
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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 Fall months are the perfect time to travel, with fewer tourists and the most clement weather for exploring the city.
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With exclusive access to the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Aman Beijing is a unique experience due to its stunning location, traditionally influenced design and unbeatable Aman service.
Aman at Summer Palace is located in a series of pavilions, the original dwellings used by guests of the Summer Palace who were awaiting an audience with the Empress. Built in 1750, the Summer Palace is a garden estate dotted with palaces around a lake, formerly used to escape the heat of the Forbidden City.
The Aman's rooms and suites reflect traditional Chinese architecture with a regal ambience. The property has been sympathetically designed to acknowledge the history and cultural importance of its location and the bedrooms reflect this; whether you are staying in a Room or a Suite, the history and culture surrounding the hotel strongly influence the decor and atmosphere.
Many exquisite dining options are available at Aman at Summer Palace including French Kaiseki, Western and Chinese, all in stunning, unique settings. Interesting touches include the cigar room at the bar and the music pavilion where musicians perform in the afternoons and evenings on warm days. Following a day exploring Beijing’s sights unwind with a treatment in the indulgent spa with a massage, facial or holistic body treatment or a swim in the hotel's enormous indoor lap pool.
The 43 Rooms and Suites at Aman at The Summer Palace feature authentically designed Ming Dynasty style furniture, Jin clay tiles, wooden screens and bamboo blinds crafted from traditional materials. There are ten Courtyard Guest rooms and eight Suites. The 17 Deluxe Suites vary - some have a combined bedroom and sitting room while in others they are separate - all feature king size beds, day beds, reading chairs and writing desks. The seven Courtyard Suites are even more spacious. The voluminous Imperial Suite has 3 separate pavilions and includes a lounge area, dining area and private courtyard.
Children are welcome at Aman at Summer Palace but there are no specific facilities except for babysitting which can be arranged on request.
Aman at Summer Palace has three restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines in beautiful settings; Naoki serves French Kaiseki fare which combines French and Japanese techniques and is served at an open kitchen with guests seated at a Japanese counter. The Chinese Restaurant serves traditional Cantonese and Peking specialties and in the main building the Lobby and Courtyard restaurants serve a variety of cuisines in elegant settings, each room specializing in a different cuisine. There is a cigar room and music pavilion where musicians perform in the afternoons and evenings. The fabulous spa has nine treatment rooms and offers a huge range of holistic treatments as well as yoga, pilates, a beauty salon, 25 meter indoor lap pool, gym, squash courts and personal trainers. There is also a well stocked library and the hotel's theater has 37 leather recliner seats for films and television broadcasts.
Just a few steps from the East gate of the Summer Palace, enjoying this beautiful historical site is wonderfully convenient from The Aman. The Forbidden City is 15km away and attractions such as The Temple of Heaven and The Great Wall are also easily reached. Beijing's hutongs, markets, restaurants and shops are all well worth a visit and for something different, visits to home studios of local artists and the Chinese Dance Academy can be arranged.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
Staying at the Aman Summer Palace feels like stepping into another world and another century. The hotel is made up of former residential quarters adjoining the summer palace itself and you can really feel the ancient air surrounding you as you wander through the maze of courtyards that make up the various rooms. Each courtyard has 3 or 4 rooms looking inwards to a pretty garden full of blossoming trees and calming water features. There are two fantastic restaurants a huge swimming pool and even a cinema to keep guests busy. The biggest draw though is the secret door which leads into the summer palace itself allowing guests after hours access to explore the magnificent palace away for the tourists.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The Aman at the Summer Palace, takes the concept of a sense of place to a whole new level here where you stay in the courtyards which date back to the time to the creation of the Summer Palace. The design flows beautifully and feels like the perfect serene retreat just 40 minutes outside the hustle and bustle of Beijing. The hotel also has a completely secret feeling basement with a real 'wow' pool lit up with atmospheric lighting and also an enormous private cinema which you can book out for private film screenings.
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
Be sure to get up early one morning when the only people who have access to the Summer Palace are people who work there, a few select locals and guests of the Aman hotel. This was one of the highlights of my trip to China and it felt like another world, where you could imagine the Emperors of the past and what it would have been like so many years ago. I went for a long walk and it was so peaceful with just a few fishermen and the older generation flying kites from an idyllic bridge. Later on the Ballroom Dancing and Tai Chi classes arrived and this is such fun to watch and it is amazing how fit the older generation is! Aman at the Summer Palace are so lucky to have their secret door and it is a real USP of the hotel and must be taken advantage of.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
What can I say but... wow! After a full day out at Jinshangling climbing the Great Wall, I was driven back to Aman at the Summer Palace. Located about an hour out of the center of the city, it is the perfect place to stay after a visit to the Wall or if you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle. You instantly feel relaxed upon arrival at this serene and peaceful retreat. The buildings are stunning as most are originals from the days of the Emperor as they were guest houses to the Summer Palace. You feel privileged to be staying in such an historic area and the fact that you get exclusive access to the Summer Palace through a secret door makes it even more exciting! You can take part in traditional calligraphy lessons and Chinese tea ceremonies and everywhere is exquisitely furnished and sensitively thought through. Our Courtyard Suite was stunning and I loved the huge bath tub - perfect for a soak after a long hike on the wall!
The interesting thing here is that even though history and culture play a huge part, you still get all you would expect from an Aman with perfect service and all the mod cons such as a huge private underground cinema and of course a wonderful spa.
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Cooking in the Hutongs
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Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk
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Hutong Walking Tour Series
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Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong
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Location & directions
On Gongmenqian Street, adjacent to the East gate of the Summer Palace, Aman at Summer Palace is an oasis of calm situated a mere 15km from Beijing’s Forbidden City.