Overlooking the US and Japanese embassies,Four Seasons Beijing is situated amid a cluster of five star hotels (Kempinski,Westin, Hilton) on the fringes of Sanlitun, Beijing’s shopping and nightlifedistrict. The surrounding neighbourhood is modern and lacking in local colour,but subway links are good and the city’s central sights are about 20 minutesaway by taxi.
Style & character
Decked out in rather unadventurous coffeeand cream hues, Four Seasons Beijing takes a while to win you over. The lobbyis set back from the entrance, making for an underwhelming first impression,but all that changes on entering the astonishingly bling restaurants, designedby Japanese firm Spin Design Studio. Guest rooms open on to a 20-floor tallinner atrium featuring a striking cascade of cast iron butterfly sculptures.
Service & facilities
Service consistently goes the extra mile,with special attention lavished on Four Seasons regulars. The Spa is one of themost impressive in the city, with 11 suites and an encyclopaedic menu ofmassages and beauty treatments. It even has its own restaurant attached – TeaGarden – serving high grade Chinese teas ‘gong fu’ style, paired with imperialChinese snacks. There is a large indoor pool and fitness centre, as well asyoga classes and personal trainers.
Even the most modest ‘deluxe’ rooms feelextra spacious thanks to the clever design and concealed, state-of-the-arttech. All rooms come with deep-soaking tubs by a window (use the blinds atnight), as well as espresso machines, ceiling-mounted Bose speakers throughoutand welcome fruit as standard. For a slightly higher rate, the ‘Four Seasons’rooms gets you a sofa seating area and walk-in closet.
Food & drink
Mio serves inventive Italian fine dining ina ritzy space laced with crystal light fittings, gleaming chrome surfaces andwhite marble. The décor is delightfully at odds with the aromas of baked breadand sizzling garlic, but that just makes it more fun. The signature ‘whitepizza’ neatly encapsulates what the kitchen is all about: focaccia dough toppedwith an organic egg and finished with shavings of Alba white truffle.
For Chinese dim sum, seafood and localfare, Cai Yi Xuan is only marginally less ostentatious, its copper screens,heavily cushioned armchairs and tobacco-hued carpets making for a clubbyambience. The Shanghainese style xiaolongbao filled with pork and delicatestrands of crab are excellent.
Double rooms from RMB 1,920 (£216).Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Several guest rooms modified for disabilityaccess.
The large Chairman Suites are a good choicefor families, with the option of connecting rooms, and featuring a smallkitchen with its own separate door for discreet room service. Bizarrely, thespa has a menu of treatments for kids over five.
Adresse: 48 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
Telefon:00 86 10 5695 8888