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Staying at the Aman Summer Palace, Beijing is perhaps as close as one can come to being a visiting dignitary at the Imperial Court. Sitting mere steps away from the Eastern Gate of the Imperial Summer Palace, several of the resort’s buildings were, in fact, originally built to house visitors to the Empress. Authenticity that’s maintained throughout the property with a focus on delivering service that maintains the dignity and majesty of the Qing Dynasty.
Its position adjacent to the Summer Palace grounds means the resort is far removed from other Beijing attractions (the Forbidden City is at least 40 minutes drive through Beijing’s notoriously busy roads), but once you’re here this won’t matter much, as there are few better places in Beijing to immerse yourself in historical Chinese luxuries and culture.
The property’s layout follows the pattern of Qing Dynasty walled mansions, being a series of eight interconnecting courtyards linked together by pathways around which the 51 rooms and suites are situated. The rooms themselves blend modern elegance with beautiful period furnishings, traditional bamboo blinds and wooden screens. The high ceilings are fitted with the original Qing wooden beams and polished Jin clay tiles on the floors.
The hotel maintains the historical aura by keeping its modern facilities underground. Like the plush spa with its treatment rooms and studios lit by skylights. It offers a broad range of traditional Chinese rituals along with modern treatments and health classes. The 25-metre lap pool, well-equipped gym and two squash courts fill the fitness requirements. If you want to relax, there’s a 35 seat cinema with sumptuous leather recliners. Meanwhile, above ground, the hotel hosts a robust calendar of events displaying and teaching traditional Chinese art, theatre and music.
Being far from the centre of Beijing means that visitors are reliant on the hotel restaurants, so it’s good that there’s a variety of menus to choose from: A Chinese restaurant drawing its inspirations from the Ming Dynasty; a Japanese Restaurant that serves French-Japanese fusion on small plates, kaiseki style; and The Grill, which offers premium meats and fish, western style.
How to get here
50 minutes by road from Beijing International Airport
51 rooms & suites