Waldorf Astoria welcomes luxury travelers to Beijing
Hilton Worldwide and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts have announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Beijing, marking the second Waldorf Astoria hotel in China and the brand's continued international expansion. Waldorf Astoria Beijing features 176 guest rooms and suites, three 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 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 Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
With interior designs crafted by 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. 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 buildings with varying styles. The main tower is a bronze building which will transform its colour as it ages. The surrounding Hutong Villas bear the elements of ancient Imperial China.
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.
Starwood to debut Westin Hotels in Egypt with the new Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will introduce the Westin brand to Egypt with the opening of The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes early next year. Owned by New Cairo for Real Estate Investment Company SAE, the 128-room resort will be located within the Katameya Dunes development, a 1.8 million square meter luxury residential compound in the New Cairo City District.
The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes will be located within a residential community with a 27-hole championship golf course designed by Nick Faldo & Brian Curley of Texas and will be the development's flagship resort.
Situated in landscaped enclave, The Westin Cairo will offer 127 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and one presidential suite, all featuring the latest in-room technology as well as the renowned Westin Heavenly Bed, Heavenly Bath, Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and exclusive White Tea Aloe bath amenities. The Westin Cairo Hotel & Spa will also offer four dining venues, including an all-day dining restaurant, a café, a bar and a lounge. Spanning 12,500 square metres, the hotel will provide other facilities such as a ballroom, The Heavenly Spa by Westin, the Nick Faldo & Brian Curley designed golf course, a pool, fitness center and a 24-hour business center.
Starwood currently operates 11 hotels in Egypt under its Sheraton and Le Méridien brands, including Le Méridien Heliopolis, Le Méridien Pyramids, Sheraton Dreamland and the newly opened Le Méridien Cairo Airport in the capital city. The company also manages Le Méridien Dahab in South Sinai, Sheraton Sharm El Sheikh, Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna and Sheraton Soma Bay Resort at the Red Sea.
The company will re-open Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino in 2015 following an extensive and complete renovation. Starwood will also introduce two new luxury brands into the capital with The St. Regis Cairo in 2015 and W Cairo in 2016.