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Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center unveils $30 million renovation

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Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center unveils $30 million renovation

The Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center is the first “European hotel” in Beijing…

Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, Beijing’s first European hospitality pioneer, unveils its newly transformed 480 rooms and suites, including a Western and Oriental Presidential Suite, a large Executive Lounge, and a reimagined all-day dining outlet, after the most substantial renovation in its 26-year history. The USD 30-million upgrade brings international leisure and business guests’ timeless elegance while providing Beijing with a rejuvenated complex that aims at reinterpreting European luxury in modern China.

Quirky rustic European bar and restaurant

“From the moment new-age business travellers walk into our property, they’ll know it’s a Kempinski, not just because of the service, but also from its commitment to elegant, well-rounded performances in everything we do.”

The new portfolio of rooms and suites displays a decor that aims to convey the contemporary elegance of China and its cultural influence. European sandy, classical beige colors and hues adorn the walls and furniture, while art pieces, antique decorations, and colorful vases add breathtaking brushstrokes of Asian identity. Upgrades include bathroom glass walls with pixilated partitions (Magic Mirrors), heated towel racks and ground coffee machine stations in the Executive Floor rooms. Mirrors subtly outline windows and walls to accentuate a greater sense of space and tranquillity. The two Presidential Suites are decorated with authentic Chinese artwork and feature bathrooms with a view across the city. Additional upgrades include high-speed Wi-Fi connection and new homemade welcome amenities like assorted desserts made from seasonal fruits, macaroons and mousse pralines. For healthier option, homemade muesli bars and freshly-squeezed orange juice are available upon request.

Contemporary area of restaurant

“Since it opened in 1992, Kempinski Hotel Beijing has dedicated itself to pioneering the performance excellence. This relaunch signifies our strong commitment to impeccable personalised service,” continues Brice Péan. “Along with the physical aspects of the renovation, the hotel now offers many software upgrades like the all-digital PressReader, where guests can access most newspapers from around the world. Additionally, our new instant messaging service provides guests with the convenience of booking a table, ordering in-room dining, and requesting a delivery of amenities, through Facebook or WeChat’s messaging from the palm of their hand. Deluxe rooms and above will find Shanghai Tang amenities, while our Presidential Suite guests will enjoy Hermès amenities, giveaways and Stenders bath salts. From the various choices of amenities being offered, to the number of scents guests can choose from, rewards and benefits for the top-tier guests are always evolving just as the list is growing.”

A haven for the business-minded traveller, all Executive Floor guests can now experience the new Executive Lounge 15. Perched among the hotel’s top floors and overseeing Beijing’s city skyline, the lounge offers everything from an open kitchen breakfast buffet with a live-cooking station to afternoon tea, happy hour, and dinner. The Executive Floor provides business travellers with the ability to print, copy, use computers, and make use of the conference room. Adding to the Executive Floor flair and sense of personalized service is the access to a 24/7 private butler. All of the hotel’s butlers have undergone a special training by the Dutch Royal Butler program.

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Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan opens in nature retreat

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Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan opens in nature retreat

The newly opened Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan connects guests with the rejuvenating beauty of nature near the Great Wall…

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan, located in the vibrant Yanqing District of China’s capital city. Yanqing is known as an imperial retreat, surrounded by scenic mountains, rivers and wildlife.

These nature elements have influenced the interior design of the property to create an energising experience from the moment guests arrive. Just steps away from the International Horticultural Expo 2019, the hotel provides guests traveling for business or leisure a seamless, intuitive experience as they connect with who and what matters to them most.

The hotel features 283 contemporary guestrooms, including 19 suites, two Diplomat Suites and a Presidential Suite. Starting at 430 square feet (40 square meters), most guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Expo Park and garden views, while nearly 90 percent of the guestrooms also offer a private balcony. Complimentary Wi-Fi, a 55” SMART TV and Bluetooth stereo are available in all rooms.

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Guests can savour enticing cuisine infused with Northern China flair and fresh local ingredients at the hotel’s two signature dining outlets. Mirroring a rustic mountain village, Xiang Yue Chinese restaurant showcases authentic local favorites along with Cantonese, seafood and other regional Chinese specialties. Market Café’s lively culinary marketplace serves specialties from East to West, prepared in an open kitchen. Meanwhile, the cozy Lobby Lounge is an ideal gathering place for casual meetings and refreshments overlooking the outdoor garden.

“We are very excited by the opening of the first international hotel in the Yanqing district and sincerely appreciate the trust and support from our owner, Beijing Horticultural Expo Investment and Development Co., Ltd.,” said Stephen Ho, president, Greater China, global operations, Hyatt. “As a new landmark of northwest Beijing, the hotel looks forward to welcoming local and international guests to discover the history and nature of Yanqing.”

Hyatt Regency Beijing Shiyuan offers seamless, personalised, high-touch experiences for meetings and social events of all sizes. The hotel features a 10,225 square foot (950 square meter) Regency Ballroom, six multifunctional meeting rooms, and a 5,382 square foot (500 square meter) manicured lawn, suitable for weddings and other outdoor celebrations. The hotel’s meeting spaces compliment the facilities of the adjoining Beijing World Horticultural Expo Park, offering an endless array of possibilities for meeting and event planners.

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the indoor garden at Market Café

Hyatt Regency brand debuts in Beijing

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Hyatt Hotels has announced the continued expansion of the Hyatt Regency brand in China with the opening of the first Hyatt Regency property in the capital of China – Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing. The 348-key hotel, designed by award-winning architect Kengo Kuma, is set in an urban environment with energizing, intuitive experiences and a deep connection to design and nature.

“As the first Hyatt Regency property in Beijing, we are proud to bring upscale hotel hospitality into the Wangjing area,” said Till Martin, general manager of Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing. “The dynamic energy and growth in Wangjing is exciting for us as we expect the Hyatt Regency brand will create a seamless connection between our guests and the very best that Wangjing has to offer.”

Posed to be a landmark within the district, Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing is situated at the juncture of the new Central Business District and a charming residential area. As the new centerpiece of the area of Wangjing, the hotel projects the very core of Wangjing’s unique culture, from its history and local community to its ever-changing and modernized look today.

Strategically located in the heart of the Wangjing Central Business District, the hotel is conveniently accessed via the Airport Express and is a short stroll from the Futong subway station on Line14 and the 798 Art District. Beijing’s excellent underground transportation network provides easy access to shopping on the hip Nanluoguxiang Street, the nightlife hub of Sanlitun, Olympic Park and other popular sightseeing and lifestyle destinations.

Design and guestrooms

The hotel’s architecture is inspired by the Chinese “Sanhe Yuan,” a three-sided courtyard style home embracing a green garden. With its unique location between green parks, Kengo Kuma has created an “urban forest” defined by a contemporary chic design and natural materials as a refreshing backdrop to an intuitive hospitality experience.

A biophilic design, known to incorporate natural materials, elements and views, is deeply engrained in the hotel’s design, the interior space is colored with natural materials giving its visitors a rich experience. The lobby space is full of natural light through oak louvers underneath a large glass skylight. With green bamboo landscape and natural travertine, marble, granite, oak and walnut throughout, it feels like taking a walk within a conservatory.

The hotel’s oriental aesthetic and biophilic design extends to its restful guestrooms. Oak wood, beige marble, green marble, wood grain patterned carpet – all the materials give a warm and cozy impression, creating a warm sanctuary with soft atmosphere as well as great views to surrounding greenery.

Impressive pieces of nature are implemented throughout the hotel to create a cheerful lasting memory of the guests’ time in the “Sanhe Yuan.”

The hotel not only nurtures each guest’s mind and spirit, but also crafts an intuitively warm hospitality experience in every aspect.

The culinary journey at the hotel begins at The Lounge, an urban sanctuary with natural sense of arrival to escape from the hustle and bustle of the day and continues with dining in the indoor garden at Market Café, the extension to an outdoor park.

Urban focus of the hotel

Meetings and events

Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing boasts a total of 60,277 square feet of creative spaces designed for inspiring conferences and social events, among which is the Regency Ballroom, an impressive 14,746 square-foot event space with breathtaking views amid lush greenery. The space is versatile enough to host any event from business lunches to romantic weddings. An experienced team of event professionals will create an effortless experience that meets every individual need.