Hutong complexes will be one of the new Waldorf Astoria Beijing’s unique luxury features.
Hutongs are traditional Chinese urban residences with shared courtyards and alleys. Beijing is famous for these dwellings, but they are disappearing with the rise of modern development. Beyond the hotel, around Wangfujing, some of the city’s last hutongs still stand.
The Waldorf Astoria’s hutong complexes will pay tribute to this piece of Chinese history. The company consulted a Peking University professor during the hotel’s construction to ensure an accurate representation of Beijing’s famous hutongs, though modern décor was used to furnish the interior.
According to CEI, the complexes will also include four suites, a Hutong Deluxe room, and a two-storey presidential suite. The facility will also contain a small theatre to use for such events as movie screenings and product launches.
The Waldorf Astoria Beijing’s general manager Marlene Poynder said the hotel will host other features of “symbolic significance” for China as well.
“Luxury goods companies are very interested as it will be a very flexible space,” Poynder said.
The hotel contains a total of 176 guest rooms, and is set to open in November. It is only a short walk or drive from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Copper cladding will adorn the exterior. The Waldorf Astoria’s second level will allow in natural light in its ballroom and function space; show kitchens will take up the drawing rooms. The brand’s Peacock Alley restaurant will also be featured.
The brand will also play on their historic connection to Li Hongzhan (1823-1901), an imperial statesman who became the first Chinese patron of the Waldorf Astoria New York in 1896.
According to Poynder, the hotel’s targeted clientele includes younger affluent Chinese consumers and organizers of high-end events.
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