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The Reborn Peninsula Beijing


A mix of the Middle Kingdom and modern China, this iconic Beijing hotel sees a top-to-bottom makeover, writes CHRISTOPHER KUCWAY.

Published on Sep 13, 2016

 

CALLING THE CHANGES TO the Peninsula Beijing a renovation is a bit like saying that wall in China is noticeable. The 27-year-old property reopened in August 2016 with 230 suite-style rooms, a drastic drop from the 525 rooms in its prior incarnation. Each has a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and dressing room. Tablets are preset in 11 different languages to control room access, all room functions and room-service menus.

The Peninsula Beijing
The most basic room is a vast 65 square meters; at 165 square meters, the 17 Beijing suites all include small cinemas.

Public areas draw heavily from China's modern art scene, and are designed as a welcome more often found in the city's opulent palaces and vast gardens. beijing.peninsula.com; doubles from RMB2,200.

 

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The Peninsula Beijing's facade. Courtesy of The Peninsula Beijing.
  • Bronze tea drinkers by Zhang Du sit in the lobby. Art across the hotel, using Ming- and Qing-era materials, evokes relaxation.
  • Count 50 varieties of tea at the Huang Ting Tea Lounge.
  • Peninsula's iconic bellboys are present at every turn. In Beijing, there's a catch: two are identical, smiling twins.
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