Grace Hotel Beijing: an art-centric, chic boutique hotel in Beijing

GRACE Hotel Beijing developed a reputation for itself as a remarkable property that provides guests with an experience as unique as the city itself. Part of the award-winning Grace Hotel Group, this particular boutique hotel made the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List of 2011.

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What makes it special?

Situated in the 798 Art District of Beijing, Grace Hotel presents an opportunity for stay in the city unlike any other. Far from the throngs pressing through the Forbidden City or the foreigner staple of Sanlitun or the old hutongs of Gulou, 798 has become a mecca for artistic and socially conscious types in Beijing. The art scene flourishes here, depsite the neighborhood’s humble beginnings as an old factory ground. Out of that history has grown a place well-known for its multitude of galleries and restaurants. 798 also attracts some of the most beautiful and up-and-coming people in the city and is frequently used as a location for major fashion events.

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Of course, the hotel property itself is of great importance to having an enjoyable Beijing experience and Grace Hotel delivers. Wine lovers and aficionados will appreciate that the hotel restaurant maintains its own wine cellar. The restaurant, named Yi House, is so called to reference the previous name of the hotel. The interior design of Grace Hotel seems well-suited to the surrounding artistry. While each room is decorated in a contemporary style, the entire establishment is designed with a nod to Ming dynasty styles. Here, again, guests find themselves absorbing Beijing’s ancient past and bright future.

What to expect?
Accommodations here include a range of rooms. Superior rooms come with a king-sized bed, shower bathroom and views of the courtyard or terrace. All rooms are equipped with luxury linens, bathrobes, towels and toiletries from the exclusive Ba Yan Ka La.

Deluxe rooms can be booked with either a king bed or twin beds, and have the added bonus of a sitting area and writing desks. Bathrooms in the deluxe rooms include a bath, separate shower and double vanity unit.

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The VIP Suites are spacious rooms with either a king-sized or two twin beds. In addition to the writing desk, there is a large sitting area and each is uniquely decorated with distinctive pieces of art. VIP bathrooms have two vanity units and a rainforest shower. In these rooms, an extra bed may be added at guests’ request.

Then there is the Grace Suite, which is the gem of the hotel. Specially commissioned furniture and one-of-a-kind works of art give this large and luxurious suite an ambience that is truly its own.

Guests are treated to champagne breakfasts and special cocktails when happy hour rolls around, making those long days of sight-seeing that much more bearable. Yi House restaurant serves savory Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

What’s there to do?
Amenities include gym access, free wifi, all-day room service, a business centre and book library. Because the neighborhood stands in such stark contrast to some of the more traditional areas of the city, guests at Grace Hotel have the unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of Beijing — where it’s been and where it’s heading — through an artistic lens.

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What’s the damage?
Rooms start from USD $135 per night.

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