of Careful Refurbishment
27 June 2006 - Raffles Beijing Hotel takes great pleasure in announcing
her auspicious opening today, Tuesday, 27 June 2006, in the capital city
of Beijing, China. After nine months of careful refurbishment, she unveiled
her restored majesty at precisely 10.45am, witnessed by representatives
from Beijing Tourism Group, Colony Capital and Raffles Hotels & Resorts,
and cheered by lion dancers. Raffles Beijing Hotel will celebrate its Grand
Opening, scheduled in a few months’ time, with the pomp and ceremony that
befits this elegant iconic landmark hotel.
The local community and industry peers have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the first Raffles hotel in China. The re-debut of Raffles Beijing Hotel has captured the imagination and attention of many.
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”.
ABOUT RAFFLES BEIJING HOTEL
Established in 1900s, Raffles Beijing Hotel witnessed many of the city’s significant social and political events, its commanding French-Orient colonnade façade has long stood as an icon of Beijing’s historical heritage. It enjoys the most prestigious address, at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and shopping district of Wangfujing, a heartbeat away from the historic Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Faithfully restored, it reopened on 27 June 2006 featuring 171 tastefully appointed rooms, four distinctive restaurants and bars, and five well-equipped banquet venues and a lofty lobby adorned with a procession of graceful arches. The hotel’s logo embraces the contour of lattice Orient homes peepholes, delicately encasing the hotel’s name penned by Premier Deng Xiao Peng. Raffles Beijing Hotel is a promise of splendour, an exclusive world of peerless privilege and refinement, quintessential of the Raffles legend.
Ms Tina Luo
|Also See:||Beijing Tourism Group Contracts with Raffles International to Manage and Rebrand Two of the Four blocks of the Beijing Hotel / April 2005|
|Peter Lloyd Wynne Named General Manager of the Raffles Beijing Hotel / May 2006|