Mandarin Oriental has announced it will manage a luxury hotel in the heart of Beijing, due to open in 2018.
The Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing will be located in Qianmen East Hutong Quarter, close to major sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
The architectural style will reference Beijing’s unique surrounding hutong architecture – the old-style courtyard houses connected by narrow lanes and alleyways dating back to the 13th century.
The hotel will feature 72 courtyard suites which will be dispersed among one of the city’s oldest quarters alongside privately owned residences, retail outlets, restaurants, bars and cultural venues, enabling guests to experience the traditional Beijing way of life.
“Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing will offer guests a truly unique and authentic experience, combined with the attention to detail and exemplary service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned,” said James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental.
A variety of dining venues will also be opened within the hutong courtyards, including an all-day dining concept with a roof terrace, a Chinese restaurant, a lobby lounge, a traditional tea lounge and a Mandarin cake shop. Multi-purpose function rooms will also be available for meetings and events.
Leisure facilities will feature a spa, indoor swimming pool and a gym.
The new culturally sensitive hotel is a complete departure from the ill-fated Mandarin Oriental that was due to open in Beijing in 2009 before the modern luxury high-rise was destroyed by fire.