Conveniently located just of the bustling Wangfujing shopping district, Waldorf's second foray into China is a sleek addition to Beijing's luxury hotel scene. The interior is designed with local influence in mind. The embroidered silk-panelled walls and black, lacquered door frames are nicely complimented by contemporary Chinese art in the public spaces. In the rooms there has been a departure from the usual Waldorf white. Instead, there is a selection of soft colour schemes ranging from teal to persimmon. With four restaurants offering local and international dishes guests have plenty of choice when getting back after a shopping spree or trip to one of the many cultural sites nearby.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.Bill Bryson