Mil­len­nial-cen­tric Ho­tel Jen Beijing.

Cre­ative mod cons and a re­laxed style are the ma­jor draws at Ho­tel Jen Beijing.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - BY SARAH KEENLYSIDE

Sit­u­ated across from Rem Kool­haas and Ole Scheeren’s iconic CCTV Tower, the China World com­plex has some of the coolest views in the cap­i­tal. Right at the heart of it? Ho­tel Jen Beijing: the lat­est ad­di­tion to Shangri-La’s hip, mil­len­nial-cen­tric brand.

And boy does it tick all those boxes. From the mo­ment you en­ter, it’s clear that this is no cookie-cut­ter five-star ho­tel. A geo­met­ric black-and-white mar­ble floor spans the width of a lobby punc­tu­ated by mod­ern sculp­tures, while an enor­mous screen dig­i­tally broad­casts the brand’s phi­los­o­phy of “work, play, share” in vivid col­ors be­hind check-in staff. The fo­cus is squarely on pleas­ing in­de­pen­dent trav­el­ers and so-called “road war­riors”—those 30-some­things trav­el­ing for busi­ness who don’t just want some­where to eat and sleep, but a place to be en­er­gized and in­spired too.

To that end, Jen’s Pro­to­type co-work­ing space is a per­fect fit. Guests get free ac­cess to the third-floor venue, an invit­ing pad of art­fully ar­ranged so­fas, nooks, and ta­bles (with speedy WiFi through­out of course) where pa­trons can en­joy un­lim­ited tea, cof­fee, and snacks. What makes it work, how­ever, is the fact that Pro­to­type is also open to in-the-know lo­cals, who ef­fort­lessly add a cre­ative buzz to the space. That’s just one way the ho­tel taps into Beijing’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial, big-city vibe; on the ground floor you’ll find Beer­smith, a glossy gas­tropub that brews its own sea­sonal beers in­side cop­per vats laser-cut with Chi­nese zo­diac signs.

And while the 450 rooms are as com­fort­able as you’d ex­pect from the Shangri-La group, the pièce de ré­sis­tance is un­doubt­edly the ho­tel’s graf­fiti-sprayed gym, Train­yard. Two en­tire floors of the prop­erty—a whop­ping 3,500 square me­ters—have been de­voted to the art of work­ing out, with no ex­pense spared on bring­ing in the lat­est equip­ment. From a Ja­cobs Lad­der to a high-spec Pi­lates stu­dio, MMA area, and box­ing ring—if you’re a fit­ness junkie, it doesn’t get any bet­ter than this. 1 Jian­guomen­wai Ave., Beijing; 86-10/65052277; hotel­jen.com; dou­bles from US$133

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above: Pro­to­type, Ho­tel Jen Beijing’s co-work­ing space; the prop­erty takes up the first 22 floors of China World Tower B; in­side a Jen 40 Sky­line room.

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