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We had the exclusive opportunity to sit down with Daniel Grau, the Hotel Manager of Rosewood Beijing.

INTERVIEW

What was your design inspiration for Rosewood Beijing?

Rosewood Beijing is inspired by the history, art and vibrancy of Beijing, reflecting the Chinese capital’s culture, architectural traditions and contemporary style.

What is unique about your property?

It’s the first property in China for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, in a prime location in Beijing, introducing exquisite urban cocoon of luxurious rooms, fine food, tasteful décor and great service, including the first Rosewood Sense® spa in Asia. Rosewood Beijing also features more landscaped outdoor space than any other hotel in the capital.

Which is the most important in room amenity for hotel quests?

Long after sights and sounds have faded into memory, it’s often a scent that transports us back to another time and place most vividly. It’s like experiencing the moment all over again and bath amenities are a particular obsession of many travellers. Florentine perfumer, Lorenzo Villoresi created bespoke fragrances, soaps, lotions and bath products exclusively for our hotel.

What are the most important decorative elements in your home?

My decorative style is eclectic yet considered. I love to mix and match pieces from different periods and cultures. But nothing is meaningless, every small touch matters.

What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom/room?

Resist overcrowding a room. Hang artwork at average human eye level, like hotels, galleries and museums, and pick the paint colour last, to complement your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else.

How do you rate a hotel that has high-quality bed linen?

Highly! A king bed is the ultimate luxury with high-quality, all-cotton sheets and a natural-fibre bedspread, with nothing synthetic covering the mattress. All guest rooms at Rosewood Beijing have 600-thread-count linens from Frette that reflect our commitment to making each and every guest feel at home.

How do you define luxury?

To me, it’s that level of service and comfort that makes me feel special and happy away from the creature comforts of home, allowing me to relax. It’s a bed that gives me a restful night’s sleep, a meal that elevates my senses and heartfelt service that makes me think: ‘Wow that was truly amazing!’

If you only have 72 hours in Beijing what would you recommend doing or seeing?

Rosewood Beijing has created an insightful destination discovery guide that provides savvy recommendations to explore Beijing like a local. The Great Wall (Mutianyu section),just 90 minutes from downtown, is fabulous to photograph with the enjoyment of a gentle, hour-long hike, or cable car up and toboggan ride down. The Forbidden City, with its majestic yellow rooftops, sprawling palaces and rich Chinese symbolism, is the jewel in the capital’s crown, and far bigger than you would ever imagine. Shichahai is a famous scenic area of traditional Chinese architecture around three lakes which you can paddle around in a hired boat. Silk Market is a fascinating contrast to modern shopping arcades, where “bargaining” is a way of life for rich fabrics and silks, traditional gifts and an abundance of pearls and gold jewelry.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Beijing?

Not all famous Beijing cuisine is in one particular restaurant. “Jian Bing”, described by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten as “the best breakfast in the world”, is a delicate, ever-so-slightly-crunchy vegetarian pancake on sale from mobile carts on street corners. Also, you can not miss Rosewood Beijing’s Bistrot B, styled after a New York City trattoria.

Rosewood Beijing can be reached at the below address

  • Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang l
  • District, Beijing, 100020, PRC
  • +86 10 6597 8888
  • http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/beijing