Aman Summer Palace, Beijing
Aman Summer Palace, Beijing
1, Gongmenqian Street, Summer Palace,
Beijing, PRC , 100091
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Mr. Richard Yap
Aman at Summer Palace
History & Story
The Summer Palace grounds served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat, used to escape the heat during summers in the Forbidden City. Although existing as an imperial park during earlier dynasties, it was during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, from 1736 to 1795, that the Summer Palace assumed its current layout. Later it was Empress Dowager Cixi who had most influence on the Palace, rebuilding it twice. Today the Summer Palace encompasses a series of buildings space featuring a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient style architectural structures that cover some 290 hectares. Currently in the Summer Palace, there are 70,000m2 ancient architectures, 40,000 royal relics, over 1,600 200 years old trees, and 400,000 plants of various species. It is the most complete imperial garden and temporary palace of the largest building scale in China. Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing – the ideal location from which to discover the city of Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and were originally used by guests of the Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi. Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing it’s emerged into history while allowing guests to explore the city’s wealth of diversions and historic sites from an elegant base that embraces the style of a bygone era. A serene retreat, with peaceful internal courtyards embracing traditional Chinese architecture, the property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and the hutongs, as well as Beijing’s restaurants, art galleries and other contemporary delights
2008 – Architect Mr. Jean-Michel Gaty Interior Design Mr. Jaya Ibrahim of Java & Associates
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Easy Access to Sumer Palace, Ming Dynasty Decoration, Cultural Pavilion, Daily Cultural Activities held by Chinese ￼Master, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Private Cinema, Aman SPA
Just outside Beijings city center, a serene and tranquil surrender, at 15 km from the Forbidden City
Key sites/activities in the area
Summer Palace, Kunming Lake, Forbidden City, Chinese Temples, Fragrance Hill.
There are eight Guestrooms, featuring Hollywood twin bed set up, located in our two-storey structures, measuring 38 sq m and have bathrooms featuring twin vanities and separate shower and toilet facilities
• Courtyard Guestrooms
There are ten Courtyard Guestrooms, measuring 39 sq m,featuring king-size beds, bathrooms with twin vanities and separate shower and toilet facilities.
There are eight Suites, located in our two-storey structures.Measuring 66 sq m and featuring king-size beds, Ming Dynasty-inspired furniture and a combined bedroom and living area. All are furnished with daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks.
• Deluxe Suites
There are seventeen Deluxe Suites, measuring between 63 to 78 sq m, featuring king-size bed or four-poster bed. Some have a combined bedroom and living area while others have separate bedrooms. All are furnished with daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks. The spacious Suite bathrooms feature free-standing island bathtubs
• Courtyard Suites
There are seven Courtyard Suites, measuring 90 sq m, featuring king-size bed and separate bedroom and living area. All are furnished with daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks and the bathroom features a free-standing island bathtub.
• Imperial Suite
The Imperial Suite comprises three separate pavilions: a private pavilion, a living/study pavilion and a formal pavilion. The private pavilion is the dominant structure within The Imperial Suite and is composed of a living area, a private dining area and a spa treatment room set around an enclosed courtyard. Adjacent to the reception room, which can be used for private meals, is a lounge featuring a series of drum stools, a tah bench and a coffee table. The bathroom includes a bathtub and two separate spaces with a dressing area in between. Each space contains a shower, toilet and dresser. The living/study pavilion is located along the western side of the private courtyard. The formal pavilion is a boardroom-style meeting room with seating for 14 people. This can also be used for private gatherings
Restaurants & Bars
• Chinese Restaurant
Decorated with classic, Ming Dynasty-inspired furniture, the Chinese Restaurant features Peking duck and several imperial dishes, along with traditional Cantonese cuisine for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant consists of nine different rooms including six intimate spaces for gatherings. Chinese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
• The Grill
The Grill features Western cuisine and specializes in grilled-to-order prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood. The Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Naoki serves French kaiseki fare which combines French technique with Japanese culinary artistry. Chefs display their culinary flair in front of guests seated around the counter. Naoki is open for lunch and dinner.
• Reflection Pavilion
The Reflection Pavilion features a peaceful terrace over-looking a lotus pond. A wide selection of premium cigars is available in the Cigar Room within the bar area. Overlooking a tranquil pond, the Music Pavilion is host to performances and private dining.
• The Lobby
The Lobby is located in the resort’s elegant reception area and serves Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and light meals for lunch and dinner. Relaxed seating overlooks a traditional courtyard, shaded by indigenous trees.
• Aman SPA
Aman Spa and Fitness areas are located beneath the resort in a unique 5,000-square metre, double level, underground recreational facility. The Spa features a tranquil reception, nine self-contained double treatment rooms and a dedicated Pilates and yoga studio which are naturally lit through an extensive panel of skylights. The Pilates studio is fully-equipped with reformers and private classes can be arranged. The Spa menu features a wide range of health, well-being and beauty treatments. Other facilities include a 25 meter indoor lap pool, a 300- square metre sky-lit Gym with Techno gym equipment (including Kinesis), two squash courts and a juice bar serving healthy fruit and vegetable drinks. Fitness consultants are on hand to offer personal training and squash partners at all times.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Extra Notable Features
The Library includes a wide selection of material on various subjects in several languages, from rare books on the Summer Palace to historic and photographic works on China and the Asian region. Wireless internet access is available. The Library is also host to regular demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy by a skilled master of this ancient art.
• Meeting rooms
The meeting room facilities include audio equipment, LCD projector and wireless broadband connections. Meeting packages are also available to suit individual needs.
• The cinema
The cinema features37 reclining leather seats and a 21-square metre screen which can be used for movies, television broadcasts and business presentations.
The boutique offers a variety of unique artifacts and textiles.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
• Lifestyle Magazine, Best Leisure Hotel, The 4th China Hotels Awards
• 21 Century Media, Best Hotel Of The Year, Best Hotel Award – Golden Pillow
• Zanadu, Best Chinese Style Hotel, The Global Travel Experience Award
• Travel Times, The Most Beautiful Chinese Style, Global Travel Experience Award
• Travel +, 2014 China Travel Awards, Best Luxury Hotels
• Travel + Leisure, 2014 Best Travel Awards, Best Boutique Hotels
• National Geographic Traveler, 2014 Gold List, Best Resorts
• Tourism Info, 2015 Best Resort Hotels Nationwide, Best Service Hotels
• New Weekly, China Hotel Charisma Award, Best Resorts
• Conde Nast Traveller US, The Top Hotels in the world, Top Hotels
• The Bund, The Hotel of the Year, China Best Design Hotels Award
• Daodao.com(TripAdvisor), Excellence Hotels, Excellence of Daodao.com(TripAdvisor)
• Travel Weekly, Best Boutique Hotel, ChinaTravel & Meetings Industry Awards
• Conde Nast TravellerUK, Top 20 Best Hotels in Asia & India, Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Award
• International Traveller Magazine, Top 100 Best Hotels Worldwide, Best Hotels
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