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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Welcomes Global Luxury Travelers to Beijing
Associated Press
2014-02-21 11:22 PM

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 21, 2014--Hilton Worldwide and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Beijing, marking the second Waldorf Astoria hotel in China and the brand's continued international expansion. An expression of its unique location, Waldorf Astoria Beijing features 176 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, three unique restaurants, including Peacock Alley, Brasserie 1893 and Zijin Mansion, 796 square meters of function meeting space, a spa and fitness center with heated indoor swimming pool. The hotel is operated by Hilton Worldwide and owned by China Oil & Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO).

"Waldorf Astoria Beijing is the epitome of luxury, a true expression of Beijing's heritage and unique culture in a location providing global travelers with personalized service and inspirational environments that become the source for unforgettable moments," said John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, luxury and lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide. "Since its inception, the Waldorf Astoria brand continues to expand with landmark openings in prestigious destinations around the world. Today, we are proud to introduce True Waldorf Service in China's capital city with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Beijing and are confident that this hotel will offer guests unforgettable experiences that only happen at a Waldorf Astoria."

Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located in the heart of the city on the former site of Xianliang Temple, which was the permanent residence of Li Hongzhang, the first Chinese guest to stay at the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York. Li's visit held great political, economic, and cultural significance within China. The hotel is just 27 kilometers from Beijing International Airport, 2.5 kilometers from Beijing Railway Station and is within walking distance of the Dengshikou Subway Station. Guests of the hotel have convenient access to the shopping malls, central business district and historic landmarks, such as the world renowned Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

"The iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand has become the reference for defining luxury experiences and has a presence in key locations globally. It is for this reason that Beijing, a fusion of China's past and present splendor, is the perfect location for Waldorf Astoria's second hotel in China," said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. "Waldorf Astoria Beijing will build on the success of its namesake, the renowned Waldorf Astoria New York, and its legacy of timeless luxury and exceptional experiences."

Local splendor blends with timeless elegance at Waldorf Astoria Beijing. With interior designs crafted by top architectural and engineering talents at Yabu Pushelberg Landscape, the Waldorf Astoria Beijing premises embody both modern and traditional elements. The multi-million dollar art collection also adds a touch of beauty and culture that is unparalleled. Guest rooms include 38 suites in the main hotel tower and the Waldorf Hutong Villa, three Hutong studios and a room housed in two villas with private entrances located in a garden courtyard. Waldorf Astoria Beijing is comprised of two magnificent buildings with varying styles. The main tower is an elegant bronze building which will transform its color as it ages. The surrounding Hutong Villas bear the elements of ancient Imperial China, providing a breathtaking scene to behold.

From arrival to departure, guests are not only embraced by the striking design, but also welcomed by True Waldorf Service. This service initiative assigns a personal concierge, acting as a primary contact, to every guest ensuring that each request is fulfilled. From assisting with culinary preferences and arranging the fine details for special occasions to delivering anticipatory, genuine and personalized attention from the moment they make their reservation until after they return home, Waldorf Astoria Beijing's personal concierges are committed to providing highly anticipatory and personalized service before, during and after a guest's stay.

The hotel joins Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund as the brand's portfolio expands in China. Members of Hilton HHonors, the guest loyalty program of Hilton Worldwide's ten distinct brands, are able to earn and redeem points for their stay. To mark its opening, the hotel is offering Hilton HHonors members an extra 5,000 bonus points per stay on the best available rate through stays completed between April 1 and August 31, 2014. Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located at 5-15 Jinyu Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China.

To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at +86 10 5813 8267 or to arrange your visit to the hotel please contact BJSWA.Reservations@waldorfastoria.com or visit www.waldorfastoria.com/beijing.

For more information about the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com or http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 24 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world's most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

CONTACT: Audrey Wong

Hilton Worldwide

+65 6833 9763

audrey.wong@hilton.com

or

John Walls

Hilton Worldwide

+1 703 883 5232

john.walls@hilton.com

KEYWORD: ASIA PACIFIC CHINA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TRAVEL DESTINATIONS VACATION LODGING OTHER TRAVEL CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE

SOURCE: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

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