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Beijing hotel transformation makes new chic

08-15-2012 09:10 BJT

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The Du Ge opened in August 2008. It combines traditional beauty and style with the comforts of modern life - including a Western bar and flat-screen TVs.

This place used to be the luxurious home of a powerful Qing dynasty politician more than a century ago. Today, it is among the first of the abandoned traditional mansions to be transformed to cater to the new tastes of China’s elite.

The Du Ge’s managers says his guests come looking for calm.

Adam Xie, Sales Manager, Du Ge Hotel said, "Many business customers come here looking for a different experience, so they choose hotels with an unusual style. Here they find the calm and tranquillity of a traditional Chinese courtyard but with modern elements."

Du Ge Courtyard Boutique Hotel

The guests of the Grace Beijing hotel are very different.

The exterior isn’t exactly opulent. It’s based in a former crystal workshop in Beijing’s 798 Art District - designed in the Bauhaus style by East German architects.

Yves Godard, General Manager, Grace Beijing Hotel said, "The idea of establishing a hotel in a building a bit particular to 798, which is the biggest modern art district in China and in Beijing, was aimed to attract the kind of customer tied to the arts - professions like artists or gallery owners."

And for a different take, The Temple Hotel is still being renovated, but is already generating a great deal of interest from those eager to experience China in authentic surroundings.

One of the founders is Belgian entrepreneur Juan Van Wassenhove - who was first to discover the site. He and his team are working hard to ensure their guests get to relive a part of Chinese history.

It seems with options like these, you won’t have to look too hard to find the right place to stay in Beijing.

Grace Beijing is a member of the award-winning Grace Hotels group.

Grace Beijing is a member of the award-winning Grace Hotels group.

Grace Beijing is a member of the award-winning Grace Hotels group.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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