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Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Beijing, China

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 Fall months are the perfect time to travel, with fewer tourists and the most clement weather for exploring the city.

 

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For a unique accommodation experience in Beijing choose to stay in the hotel's beautiful Hutong courtyard with a fantastic old world feel.

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Description

Located in the historic center 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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

Children are welcome at The Waldorf Astoria but there are no special facilities except for babysitting which can be arranged on request.

Facilities

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 specialties 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 favorite 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.

Activities

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.

Reviews

5

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!

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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!

Experiences

  • Beijing Brewery Discovery Experience

    Wind through the alleyways and lanes of Beijing’s Hutongs and discover neighborhood haunts where you’ll taste the city’s favorite late-night snack and sample local craft beer and spirits, including the potent ‘baijiu’.

  • 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).

  • Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk

    Get a taste for the flavors of Beijing as you spend an evening touring neighborhood 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 neighborhood houses and hear the eye-opening and intriguing stories of some of their most colorful 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.

  • 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.

Vacation Ideas

  • China for Teenagers

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    from $5100 pp 11 nights

    • An action packed itinerary for China with plenty of interesting and hands on activities to keep the whole family entertained.
    • Takes you to some of the livelier places rather than remote areas for more teenage fun
    • A chance to experience a fantastic and varied areas in China with beautiful scenery and buzzing city life
  • Classic China

    Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze River & Shanghai

    from $6800 pp 11 nights

    • This classic itinerary takes in all of China's main highlights and world famous cultural sites.
    • This itinerary includes visits to The Terracotta Army, 3 Gorges Dam, Great Wall of China and a Panda Sanctuary, ticking off many of China's most famous sites.
    • Private guiding has been included throughout the trip so ensure that you get have the chance to uncover the unique history and culture of this fascinating country

Location & directions

Beijing, China

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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