March 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
According to Earthhour.org, 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries turned off their lights for Earth Hour in 2011, sending an impacting message to spark action on climate change. The Shangri-La Hotel Beijing is a proud participant in conserving energy for Earth Hour for the last three years, making 2012 its fourth consecutive participation year! Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, and we’re thrilled to see luxury hotels playing their part in conserving energy!
Tomorrow, March 31st, between 8:00pm and 10:00pm, the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing will stop the turnstiles and escalators, and dim or turn off the lights in public areas, restaurants and bars, shops, guestroom corridors, house areas, and back activity areas. Additionally, this luxury hotel will host an Earth Hour Party at Cloud Nine Bar, serving complimentary cocktails to guests of the hotel who support Earth Day and have turned off the lights in their rooms. According to Christopher Chia, the area general manager of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, “at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, environmental protection, energy conservation and the reduction of waste emissions are integral components of our corporate social responsibilities. We hope that our involvement in this event will enhance staff and guest awareness of the need to protect our environment for future generations.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Be sure to check out the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing for Earth Day as well as for your future travels, knowing that you are supporting a hotel that supports our environment!
We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.
The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.
The Opposite House in Beijing, China is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for food. This urban hotel is designed by Kengo Kuma, a renowned Japanese architect. The hotel name stems from a translation of a Chinese word, and it represents the lively city of diversity and opposites – east and west, bohemian and chic, old and new. The hotel’s 3 restaurants and its chic late night bar use the highest quality ingredients to bring guests the best Mediterranean flavors and the best food options in China.
The Shangri-La Hotel Beijing is located in the heart of Beijing’s western district, and it consists of two beautiful towers overlooking the city. S.T.A.Y., a luxurious restaurant will be launching a new Sunday brunch option on March 4th, 2012. The menu will center around a ‘nature concept’ and will offer dishes such as Angus Beef Tartar, Egg White and Black Truffle Omelet, Sea Urchin Scramble, and much more. The brunch menu will be available every Sunday from 11am – 4pm, and it serves as the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning with family and friends. Let the kids play in the weekend playroom while you relax and unwind with incredible food and a selection of Louis Roderer champagne. Make your reservations today and enjoy the incredible dining options at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing!
January 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
What better place to celebrate the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays than China itself? Chinese New Year is on January 23rd, and the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing has gone above and beyond to ensure a phenomenal celebration. This Shangri-La property has put together various gift packs with a variety of sticky rice cakes and rice balls which make perfect gifts for family members and friends. The hotel will also be putting on a traditional feast featuring a suckling pig, roast duck, and poon choi. The Shang Palace, a fine dining restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing, will be offering a Chinese New Year package which will feature foods with promising names to bring good fortune and joy to the New Year. The Shang Palace will feature Happy Chinese New Year (suckling roasted pig and steamed chicken), Good Fortune (lettuce with dried oysters), and All Wealth (abalone with Chinese mushrooms and sea cucumber). All of the foods served during Chinese New Year tell a story and a captivating legend worth exploring during your stay in China.
On the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing will put on the lion dance in the lobby to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. Be sure to make your reservation at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing to enjoy the extravagant dinner and the snacks available to all guests to share the taste of an authentic Chinese New Year with all!
January 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Opening in the first quarter of this year, the East Hotel in Beijing is looking to add a little spice to the East brand by moving it north from Hong Kong. Billed as a "business hotel with a life," its 348 rooms and 21 suites will have access to all the important things a business traveler needs: free Wi-Fi, a business center with individual working pods, accelerated paperless check-in, and of course a complete fitness center to work off the excess energy you've built up over a day of meetings.
The 'life' part of the East starts with Feast, Food by East, that fits into the business lifestyle. Focusing on crisp, well-prepared classic food, you'll be comfortable in a bustling environment where you won't feel out of place working on your presentation for the next day. Relax when you're done by listening to live performances in the separate bar, the perfect spot to wind down as your finishing up the day or getting ready for a night out. The East Beijing is guaranteed to give a fresh new face to the tried and true methods of East Hong Kong, its sister hotel.
October 20, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
No surprise to see the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing selected as the official hotel for the 2011 China Open Tennis Tournament for the eighth year in a row. The staff has been highly trained to attend to the world's top tennis stars-- working with the players' nutritionists on specific dietary needs,* talking with their trainers about customized exercise programs and specialized massages. And of course handling all that extra laundry! A team of personal butlers was on call to make the players feel at home.
The world’s top-seeded tennis stars played the China Open from September 30 to October 9, 2011, and the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing hosted more than 300 guests who attended the event. The hotel was also the official caterer for VIPs at the VIP lounge.
*Over the 10-day period, the hotel's chefs sourced highly nutritious ingredients in preparing carboydrate- and potassium-rich meals, amounting to at least half a ton of pasta and half a ton of bananas, 3,000 eggs, 500,000 ml of olive oil as well as truckloads of seasonal greens and fresh fruits.
Related Article: Personalized Gourmet Package at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing
September 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Last May, the world gaped over the ATM-style gold vending machine installed at the Emirates Palace, one of the world's costliest hotels to build (at $3 billion). Called "Gold to Go," the machine dispenses customized coins or small bars up to 10 grams. Now we're getting word that China has followed suit, opening a gold vending machine in a busy shopping district in Beijing. We can't say we're surprised. A recent article in The Independent (UK), titled "Shanghai's Young High Rollers Splurge on Luxury," calls attention to the growing market for luxury goods in China, and millionaires keen to hedge their bets against inflation may cash in on gold. All we can say: look out for pickpockets.
Image via The Straits Times
September 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
We've been keeping our eye on this for many (hungry) months, and now star chef Yannick Alléno has opened the doors to his new S.T.A.Y. Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing. For those not familiar with this French hot shot, his cuisine at Le Meurice in Paris has scored rave reviews, not to mention three Michelin stars, and he now has eateries around the world-- from Dubai to Marrakech and now Beijing. This is one of the Chinese capital's most anticipated restaurant openings... So it's little wonder we are drooling over the hotel's new Gourmet Package. Here's why: You get to savor a Beijing culinary journey personalized by the dynamite chefs at S.T.A.Y. Think five-course meal* with wine pairings at the Chef's Table, a guided tour of a local market, a to-die-for breakfast, a dim sum lesson, and a Chinese tea ceremony. And did we mention that the chefs can greet you at the airport... with Champagne? This fully customizable package is available until December 31, 2012, priced according to your itinerary.
*A few of the signature dishes at the resto include Quail Eggs with Coral Sea Urchin; Black Cod in Seaweed Butter, mmmmm...
May 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Eager to explore China this summer? The Fairmont Beijing-- located in the capital's central business district-- is promoting a "Free Night" offer so guests can have an extra day to discover the city. Guest rooms and suites are filled with light from floor-to-ceiling-windows and showcase contemporary Chinese artwork. (Fairmont Gold- a hotel within a hotel- offers an exclusive experience on the hotel's skybridge.) The Fairmont Beijing is home to the three-level Willow Stream Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, Lunar 8 restaurant (serving up crispy Peking duck), The CUT steakhouse, and Champagne bar. Book two nights and get your third night for free! Valid on stays until August 31, 2011. Starting from 1,900 CNY per night on weekdays, and 1,700 CNY per night on weekends, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room.
May 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Look out, Beijing. A big-time French chef-- a dapper dude named Yannick Alléno-- is coming to town. The Michelin three-starred chef of Le Meurice fame is opening one of his S.T.A.Y eateries at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing in September. Short for "Simple Table Alléno Yannick," S.T.A.Y has already made a splash at One & Only The Palm in Dubai and Royal Mansour in Marrakech. The concept restaurant reinvents simple French cuisine, made with fresh, seasonal produce, in a stylish, contemporary setting amongst friends. Some nice touches at the Beiing restaurant: chopsticks will be on hand for diners, and a Communal Table will provide the opportunity for sharing-style dining. Like an authentic French patisserie, the Pastry Library will present exquisite, hand-crafted sweets where guests can participate in the process by choosing a final topping for their dessert. Bon Appetit!