Hy­att Re­gency Bei­jing Wangjing; Sher­a­ton Grand Danang Re­sort

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS -


This ho­tel opened in June 2017 and is Hy­att’s third and new­est ho­tel in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal, as well as the de­but Bei­jing prop­erty for the Hy­att Re­gency brand. Renowned Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma, who is also re­design­ing some of Ja­panese car­rier All Nip­pon Air­ways’ do­mes­tic air­port lounges, is re­spon­si­ble for the ho­tel’s core aes­thetic: a tra­di­tional Ja­panese twist on an oth­er­wise ul­tra­mod­ern de­sign.


In the heart of Bei­jing’s emerg­ing Wangjing busi­ness dis­trict in the city’s north­east, less than 30 min­utes’ drive from Bei­jing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The of­fices of sev­eral high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Mi­crosoft and Daim­ler, are prac­ti­cally next door, while leisure ar­eas in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar 798 Art Zone are a short drive away.


Kuma has done a phe­nom­e­nal job of in­te­grat­ing nat­u­ral el­e­ments within the greater whole of the build­ing. En­ter­ing the lobby, guests are greeted by a minia­ture for­est of tall bam­boo plants stretch­ing to­wards the ceil­ing, while nat­u­ral woods per­vade the over­all de­sign. The prop­erty also stands next to a large green park, which is com­ple­mented by a smaller gar­den within the grounds.

Im­pres­sively, the ho­tel’s de­sign feels more per­sonal than ei­ther of its two sib­lings in the cap­i­tal city, the Park Hy­att Bei­jing and Grand Hy­att Bei­jing. The aes­thetic is high end with­out be­ing overly con­cerned with glam­our. The over­all am­bi­ence is warm and invit­ing.


There are 348 rooms di­vided into five cat­e­gories – each with king and twin bed vari­ants – and five types of suite. Sizes be­gin at 39 sqm, with the largest, the Chair­man Suite, cov­er­ing 290 sqm. I was in a King Bed, the ho­tel’s 39 sqm en­try-level room.

Ar­chi­tect Kuma’s em­pha­sis on nat­u­ral­ism within the prop­erty ex­tends to the gue­strooms, with light-brown wooden slats used to ac­cen­tu­ate the walls, doors and cab­i­nets and give the oth­er­wise thor­oughly modern room a tra­di­tional Ja­panese touch. The bath­room is long and thin but pro­vides am­ple space, and in­cludes a sep­a­rate bath­tub and rain shower – the lat­ter even has a mir­ror on the wall, in case you needed any more con­vinc­ing of the need to head to the gym in the morn­ing.

These rooms don’t have a ded­i­cated work desk. Rather, they of­fer a long ta­ble that stands un­der­neath the TV. It’s min­i­mal­is­tic, lend­ing the room a more spa­cious feel, and while there are am­ple power and USB sock­ets nearby, it’s more suited for a power hour of work than long stints.

While this is a new prop­erty, the ho­tel has thank­fully opted for straight­for­ward wall-mounted but­tons over a com­plex tablet-based sys­tem with an im­pen­e­tra­ble user in­ter­face. The bed­side but­ton con­trol­ling the cur­tains and blinds be­came a fa­mil­iar friend by the end of my stay.

This isn’t a par­tic­u­larly tall ho­tel, so you’re un­likely to get tow­er­ing views over the city, though some rooms of­fer phe­nom­e­nal views of the bul­bous Zaha Ha­did-de­signed Wangjing Soho mixed-use de­vel­op­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, my room of­fered an un­der­whelm­ing view of the rooftop of one of the ho­tel build­ings. Check-in is from 2pm on­wards, while check­out is at noon.


There are plenty of places to eat at the ho­tel. The all-day Mar­ket Café pro­vides an al­most ope­nair en­vi­ron­ment with its tall ceil­ings and in­door wooden awnings. This is where the break­fast buf­fet is served, though if you have ac­cess to the Re­gency Club lounge I’d also rec­om­mend that. The se­lec­tion is not as ex­pan­sive as Mar­ket Café, but space is plen­ti­ful and there’s out­door seat­ing. Lunch and din­ner are also avail­able at the ho­tel’s con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese restau­rant Cang Yue, which of­fers north­ern Chi­nese cui­sine, Can­tonese dim sum and Shang­hainese dishes, and iza­kaya-style restau­rant Shun­pachi. For wine and cock­tails, The Mu­sic Bar is the place to go, with live mu­sic and DJs pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment.


There’s an im­pres­sive 5,600 sqm of event space. The largest in­di­vid­ual space is the ex­pan­sive 1,370 sqm pil­lar­less Re­gency Ball­room. Over­all, the prop­erty has 12 meet­ing venues.


The ho­tel has a 25-me­tre-long in­door heated pool (open 6am-11pm) on the lower ground floor and con­nected to a gar­den. The gym in­cludes a 240 sqm fit­ness cen­tre with Life Fit­ness equip­ment along with two stu­dios for yoga, pi­lates and spin­ning, and hy­drother­apy ar­eas in the chang­ing rooms with whirlpools and saunas. The ho­tel also pro­vides a five-kilo­me­tre jog­ging map around the sur­round­ing area.


This could well be my favourite Hy­att Re­gency prop­erty world­wide, thanks to its modern na­ture-in­spired de­sign and strong char­ac­ter. While it won’t be your ho­tel of choice if you are work­ing in the city cen­tre, if your meet­ings are in Wangjing or closer to the air­port, the lo­ca­tion is spot on. Craig Bright

The aes­thetic is high end with­out be­ing overly con­cerned with glam­our

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