by Matt Alderton | March 22, 2019
Since opening its first hotel in Hong Kong in 1963, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has been working to expand its luxury brand beyond its Eastern roots. Now, decades later, it's returning to those roots with a brand-new property: the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing, which opened this week and is the chain's first hotel in China's capital city.

Located on the upper floors of WF Central, a mixed-use "lifestyle retail center" on Wangfujing Street in Beijing's Dongcheng District, the hotel has 73 residential-style guest rooms and suites, many of which have views of the Forbidden City. Along with a large designer table for working or dining, each room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a portable Bose speaker, an in-room tablet and a marble-tiled bathroom with an oversized rain shower, double basins and a Dyson supersonic hairdryer.

Elsewhere, the hotel offers two restaurants -- Café Zi, which specializes in Cantonese and pan-Asian cuisine, and Mandarin Grill + Bar, whose focus is classic preparation of imported steaks and seafood -- and a rooftop bar, all of which have direct access to an expansive garden terrace.

There's also a spa with four themed treatment suites, a tea lounge, a steam room and sauna, heated lounge chairs, a 25-meter indoor lap pool and an adjoining gym.

For meetings and events, there's over 800 square feet of function space for groups of up to 60 people, as well as a private dining room for up to 12. Groups also can host events in the hotel's 2,800-square-foot Presidential Suite or its 1,000-square-foot Garden Suite, both of which have a 3,200-square-foot landscaped outdoor terrace.

"We are delighted to bring Mandarin Oriental's legendary hospitality to Beijing and look forward to welcoming guests to the beautiful environs of Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing." said General Manager Mark S. Bradford. "Our proximity to the sights and sounds of historical Beijing, and our desire to provide personalized service that comes from the heart, inspires all of us every day to deliver our very best."