Modern Beijing Boutique Hotels in the City of History

The old and the new blend with an amazing harmony and an unexpected naturalism in Beijing. Those visiting Beijing never have time to visit all of the ‘must-see’s of the city. The section of the Great Wall of China closest to Beijing, the Badaling, is a world heritage listed site. It jostles for time with the Forbidden City, whose very gates make you feel a little uneasy … it was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming dynasty to the Qing dynasty, and dates back to the 1400s. Tiananmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, separates Tiananmen Square from the Forbidden City. The square is the largest open urban square in the world, and the Square’s Monument to the People’s Heroes and Mausoleum of Mao Zedong make for fascinating insights into Chinese communist theology and culture. However, making an equal impact on visitors psyches are the impeccable, modern Beijing boutique hotels that have sprung up in select places across the city.

Hotel G is one of the newest, and certainly one of the most impressive of these. The hotel’s interior design and also the main architecture were created by Mark Lintott, who focuses on high end nightclubs and restaurants across Asia. Rooms have moved away from the blandness and ‘safeness’ of the 1990s, into explosions of colour and life. Individual artworks, wallpaper rather than beige paint, suede couches and crystal chandeliers make this Beijing hotel a work of modern art in itself.

For one of the most exclusive hotels in Beijing, Hotel G also has some amazing specials on the rates. The G spot rate at this designer Beijing hotel includes buffet breakfast, free Wifi and in-room goodies like foods and drinks, and free local calls and soft drinks, for only RMB888 (picked because it is an auspicious number). If you’re booking this Beijing luxury hotel soon, you can take advantage of the Spring Break offer, where you can stay all weekend, and then get Monday free – a huge saving off normal prices. You get all the goodies that the G-spot package offers you too.

The Opposite House is not only a modern-design Beijing hotel, but boasts being a completely new concept in hotels. The rooms have names like ‘Creative Space’, which have underfloor heating and oak bathtubs, and there are six fun choices of restaurants, with modern names like ‘Punk’, ‘Bei’ and ‘Sureno’. The latest tunes, hippest DJs and funkiest beats can be heard at Opposite House – a Beijing luxury hotel that is almost the opposite of the city itself.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing is another where all the modern conveniences are essential, and design is clean and stark. The pool at this boutique hotel in China is enormous, great for lap swimming, and has a beautiful view of the city. Purple Bar, Zen Chinese Restaurant and Atrium Lounge are some of the more modern dining and beverage facilities. Each has a niche, in contemporary style – at the Atrium Lounge it is malt whiskey, while at Zen Chinese it is seafood and for Purple Bar, premium vodka.

Hotel G Beijing is the first of an exclusive beijing boutique hotel brand launched by Hong Kong-based real estate private equity management firm Gaw Capital – and a model to be rolled out in selected cities of Asia.

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