This tranquil 51-room resort hotel is adjacent to the East Gate of the historic Summer Palace dating from 1750. Spacious lodgings are contained within a series of old buildings arranged around an inner courtyard. Some of the pavilions, originally used by guests of the Empress Dowager Cixi, date back more than a century. The property’s romantic décor features polished Jin clay tile floors, exposed sandalwood-beamed ceilings, wooden screens, bamboo blinds, lacquered tables and Ming dynasty-style armoires. Dining options include a Cantonese restaurant, a Western-style grill and an elegant space serving Japanese kaiseki fare. In the Cultural Pavilion, traditional tea ceremonies are offered every afternoon, and kite-making lessons and calligraphy classes can be arranged. The estate also encompasses a library, a private movie theater and a full-service spa with an 82-foot infinity pool, a subterranean fitness center, two squash courts and a dedicated Pilates, tai chi and yoga studio. Hotel guests are granted exclusive access to the grounds of the Summer Palace through a private entrance.
Lowest Rate: Guestroom, $530; Editor’s Choice: Deluxe Suite, $1,350.
Daily continental breakfast for two served at the restaurant; Juices and soft drinks in the minibar; Wi-Fi
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.
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