Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today the opening of BEI Zhaolong Hotel, the first Joie de Vivre hotel in Asia. The 202-room hotel is a rebirth of the legendary Zhaolong Hotel, which held a significant place in Beijing’s hospitality history since its original opening on the exact same date in 1985. Following an extensive renovation and re-imagination, the new BEI Zhaolong Hotel brings a fresh, contemporary perspective to the original, iconic property. Located in the vibrant Sanlitun area, the hotel is the ideal destination for travelers and locals seeking a central hub to work, stay, and play in the capital city.
“We are very proud of the opening of the first Joie de Vivre hotel in Asia Pacific,” said Stephen Ho, president of Greater China, global operations, Hyatt. “We now have ten operating brands in Greater China and Asia Pacific as we celebrate our 50th anniversary in the region this year. We are grateful for the trust of the hotel’s owner, the joint venture of BTG and BEI, in selecting Hyatt to manage BEI Zhaolong Hotel as part of the Joie de Vivre brand, and we look forward to the vibrant guest experience the hotel will bring to visitors.”
With the Joie de Vivre brand’s signature locally rooted design, inclusive approach to community and feel-good, free-spirited vibe, BEI Zhaolong Hotel will breathe new life into the heart of the lively Sanlitun area, serving as a dynamic community hub that aims to attract the world’s next generation of innovators and movers and shakers.
“We are thrilled to welcome spirited guests to BEI Zhaolong Hotel and invite them for a joyful stay and to discover all that this exciting neighborhood has to offer,” said Paola Caciolli, general manager of BEI Zhaolong Hotel. “An inclusive hotel, we welcome any type of traveler, from creative entrepreneurs searching for inspiration to urban nomads looking to make new connections. With our playful, modern design, convenient location, heartfelt hospitality and state-of-the-art technology, BEI Zhaolong Hotel is set to be the newest neighborhood destination in Sanlitun.”
The hotel features 202 guestrooms designed with comfort and convenience in mind, the perfect setting to unwind after a busy day of work or play. Every room is equipped with a 55-inch IPTV loaded with the latest games, and amenities such as a Nespresso® machine and De'Longhi kettle for complimentary coffee and tea service. Sixteen stylish suites on top floors can easily transition from spacious guest accommodations to well-appointed venues for daytime social or business gatherings.
To arrive at the hotel in style, guests can take advantage of the property’s sustainable electric car, while the QR code-enabled express checkout ensures a smooth and efficient departure.
Breakthrough technology and pop art elements evoke the spirit of the upcoming generation in China. The hotel’s gallery hall displays contemporary local art showing the evolution of Chinese games, and throughout the hotel are immersive digital projections depicting the essence of old Beijing. Modern sensibilities combined with digital innovation are designed to create a new hotspot for the city’s trendsetters.
Drawing inspiration from its location, the hotel also houses BEI Commune, a vibrant and casual neighborhood restaurant and bar, which brings travelers and Beijingers together to experience new connections in an open and playful space. This all-day eatery, offering fresh, seasonal products and delicious cocktails, is connected to a light and airy outdoor terrace covered by sunshades, inviting relaxation with fresh-pressed juices in the morning or stylish afternoon tea. BEI Commune also brings its playful spirit to offices in the local community with an array of catering options. On the same floor, close to reception, an all-day grab-and-go counter provides free refreshments for guests during their stay.
From the outdoor patio to the unique bar and casual after-hours lounge, there are multiple locations for guests and locals to partake in “Apericena” during happy hour, a modern twist on Italy’s beloved aperitif tradition. Taking inspiration from a popular university student trend in Milan, BEI Commune’s apericena order serves up a refreshing drink with a fresh buffet of salads, bruschetta and cold cuts.
For groups looking for a unique venue, the White Box, a 2,583 square-foot (240 square-meter) vibrant ballroom and multi-function space, can accommodate up to 120 people banquet style, with floor-to-ceiling LED screens to create a fully customizable and immersive backdrop at any event. The innovative multi-function space is set to be the most sought-after event space in the city.
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