It is said to experience the true culture of Beijing, one must stay in a Hutong.
These are narrow courtyard residences formed by alleyways. At one time Beijing had thousands of these close communities, but that number has decreased over time.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing is the only luxury hotel that provides a traditional hutong courtyard experience downtown. Guests not only enjoy True Waldorf Service; they also experience authentic Chinese culture.
Notably, the property is located on the former site of Xianliang Temple, former residence of Li Hongzhang, the late Qing Empire’s Viceroy of Zhili and Minister of Beiyang. Li was the first Chinese guest to stay at Waldorf Astoria New York, creating much fanfare in 1896.
Today, Waldorf Astoria Hutong Courtyard comprise of a villa and four courtyard suites. They all feature distinctive Ming Dynasty architecture, with stone walls and ridge roof tiles accented by bold red pillars and doors.
At over 6,000 square feet, the villa sweeps across three floors and a private garden. Its upper level houses the master guest room and a large terrace. The main floor includes a living room, guest room and dining room that seats 12 people — perfect for a party catered by the hotel’s chefs. On the lower level, residents have private access to an indoor pool and relaxation area, steam room and sauna.
An underground passage connects the courtyards to the main building and gives hutong guests total privacy and easy access to the hotel.
When it’s time to leave, guests receive a special farewell gift, such as a Beijing kite. The handmade kites enjoy a long history and are seeing an upswing in new techniques and styles—just as Waldorf Astoria Beijing exudes tradition with the modern traveler in mind.
For a taste of the “suite life” and true Chinese culture, book your Hutong Courtyard Villa at Waldorf Astoria Beijing.
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