Accor opens hotel in Beijing

Accor launched a new era of luxury hotels in China today with the official opening of Sofitel Wanda Beijing.

Sofitel Wanda Beijing has been constructed to meet China’s exacting 5 star Platinum standards and boasts a bold interior design that blends the opulence of Tang Dynasty China with modern French style and features.

Accor Asia Pacific Chairman, Mr David Baffsky, said the launch of the Sofitel heralded a new era for the Sofitel brand in China: “The Sofitel is set to become one of the hotel landmarks of Beijing and it will be a flagship for Sofitel in China.

“The opening will play a significant part in the evolution of the Sofitel brand, which is in the process of a significant upgrading programme that will see Sofitel positioned as one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands.”

Sofitel Wanda Beijing is the 20th Sofitel in China and joins a network of over 180 Sofitels globally, including many of the world’s important cities such as London, Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, Shanghai and Sydney.

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The Sofitel is located in a prestigious position on Jianguo Road between The World Trade Centre and Dawang Bridge with easy access to the China International Exhibition Centre, the city subway, major tourist attractions such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and is only 30 minutes via airport expressway to Beijing Capital International Airport.

The 27-storey Sofitel Wanda Beijing has 417 rooms and suites, including 63 Club Sofitel rooms and a dedicated Club Sofitel executive lounge.

All rooms feature built-in LCD TVs in both the bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the latest in window technology - electrochromic windows, a special feature in our Club Rooms, which separate the bathroom and bedroom and can change from clear to frosted instantly, providing a feeling of spaciousness while also offering privacy at the flick of a switch.

Business travellers are well catered for with free wireless broadband, an executive desk and top loading depository safe in every room as well as a comprehensive business services.

A highlight of Sofitel Wanda Beijing is the collaboration with legendary French gastronomy house, Len™tre, The hotel’s signature Le Pré Len™tre restaurant - inspired by Len™tre’s 3-Michelin star rated, Le Pre Catelan - brings an exclusive Parisian touch to Beijing’s dining scene. With Len™tre chef de cuisine Frederic Meynard at the helm and the restaurant’s commitment to high-quality ingredients, excellent service, unparalleled food preparation, and a comprehensive wine list, Le Pré Len™tre will offer the finest French cuisine in the city.

In addition to Le Pré Len™tre, Sofitel Wanda Beijing will feature five distinctive food and beverage outlets with menus supervised by Executive Chef Michael Rettenwender, making it a haven for connoisseurs in search of unique dining adventures. Other restaurants include the VIC (Voyage in International Cuisine) interactive restaurant, Vous Lobby Lounge, The Farm House (Cantonese cuisine), Kagoya Hachibay (Japanese BBQ), and the M Bar cocktail lounge and night venue.

A full floor of leisure facilities is available to guests, with a 25-metre swimming pool, health club and gym. Sofitel’s Le Spa centre offers delicate health and beauty treatments utilising traditional Chinese techniques blended with Thalassa therapies. Also on offer are world-renowned beauty treatments as a result of Sofitel’s exclusive partnership with Lanc™me, the leading French luxury cosmetic and beauty brand.

Meetings, conference and incentive groups can choose from a total of 10 rooms all conveniently located on the same floor. Employing Sofitel’s famous ‘Inspired Meetings concept, Sofitel Wanda Beijing tailor-makes each meeting based on each client’s specific needs. The pillarless Grand Ballroom covers an immense 1368sqm and can be partitioned into three rooms. Each is fitted with state of the art technology and is among the most versatile venues in the city.

The Sofitel is under the direction of Gerhard Zimmer, Accor’s most experienced General Manager in China. Mr Zimmer opened the first Sofitel in China - Sofitel Hyland Shanghai - in 1993, and brings to his position at the Sofitel Wanda Beijing the highest level of professionalism and experience in the Chinese luxury hotel market. He has been able to draw on talented executives and other staff from Accor hotels across China and the rest of the world.

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