Raffles Beijing Hotel is re-opening in the capital city of Beijing, China after nine months of careful refurbishment,
Established in the 1900s, the hotel has earned a respectable place in Beijing’s illustrious history, heralded as the dazzling social contact for Chinese and foreign dignitaries since its earliest heydays almost a century ago. It was the preferred host for the city’s colourful social and significant political events, its fortunes closely intertwined with the city. Enjoying the most prestigious address, at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and the shopping district of Wangfujing, it is just a few steps from the historic Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Raffles Beijing Hotel will be the stage to showcase the legendary Raffles hospitality for the very first time in China, extending a new level of unprecedented luxury and service excellence in Beijing’s most distinguished address. Taking this treasured Raffles legacy into the 21st century with a refinement borne of time, Raffles now proudly flies her flag in Beijing.
Rated amongst the very best in the world, the Raffles brand is synonymous with the golden age of travel as well as the highest standards of hospitality, services and cuisines. Occupying the most historical wing on the spacious Beijing Hotel compound, the hotel’s commanding Franco-Oriental façade and brass-bedecked doors beckons to all to admire its splendour within. Its regal charm, manifested amongst lofty interiors, sweeping spaces and vaulted arches.
Amongst the jewels in its crown are 171 lavishly appointed guestrooms and suites. They are spacious, many offer spectacular city views, and most exquisite of all is the Presidential Suite at 884 square metres, arguably the largest in the city; five Grand Hotel Suites and nine Personality Suites which pay tribute to various luminaries associated with the hotel.
Four distinctive restaurants and bars with a myriad of dining concepts cater to every varied culinary preference. Jaan is an elegant fine dining restaurant with modern French cuisine flair. A more spontaneous all-day dining experience is offered in East 33. La Vie, a tea and coffee lounge, is well known for its homemade patisseries and traditional afternoon tea service. In the legendary Writers Bar, patrons can enjoy cocktails and cigars. Five well-equipped banquet venues, in prefect synthesis with an experienced banquet team and talented chefs, are prefect for prestigious corporate events and elegant soirees.
Mr Peter Wynne, General Manager of Raffles Beijing Hotel said, “Few hotels can look back on a century of fabled memoirs. We are most excited to have opened the doors of this heritage landmark to a new century of hospitality at Raffles Beijing Hotel, bringing together two powerful distinctions in the hospitality arena, the Raffles brand in the poetic splendour of Beijing.”
“We are honoured that the Beijing Tourism Group has entrusted this iconic landmark hotel in Beijing to Raffles Hotels & Resorts to manage”, said Mrs Diana Ee Tan, Managing Director of Raffles Hotels & Resorts. “I am confident that Raffles Beijing Hotel with its illustrious history, coupled with our Raffles’ tradition and promise of service excellence will represent Beijing hospitality at its best. Raffles Beijing Hotel is destined to be like our other Raffles hotels around the world - internationally renowned, well-loved by its residents, the local community and a global audience”.