The Emperor, Beijing, China (Scroll down for more) A tranquil oasis in the heart of the hectic metropolis, The Emperor is just a short walk away from Tiananmen Square and the Wangfujing shopping mile. The classical Chinese brick facade conceals a cutting-edge interior conceived by Graft Labs. We love the roof terrace overlooking the nearby Forbidden City.
Address: 33 Qihelou Street, Dongcheng District
Tel: 44.0800 37 46 83 57
Website: The Emperor
Rates: From RMB658 (74)
Business amenities: Rooftop conference room for up to six people interconnected to one of the guest rooms; second conference room seats 20 people; AV equipment available; complimentary parking; complimentary daily newspaper; and one free three-minute international telephone call.
Rooms: 55 rooms, including nine suites. In-room wired and wireless internet access, flatscreen TV and MP3 player. Butler and express check-out services available.
Leisure: The all-glass Yue spa features a pool, two massage rooms, a fitness centre and a rooftop hot tub. Bicycles are available and free to use for guests.
Restaurants: Shi Restaurant serves fusion cuisine, giving a modern spin to traditional local delicacies. The integrated bar is a hot spot for Beijingers, who come for the vintage Chinese rice wines, the cellar for which can be seen through the restaurants glass floor. The Yin rooftop bar and lounge affords magnificent views and a large selection of bespoke cocktails and crêpes.
Park Hyatt, Beijing, China (Scroll down for more) Park Hyatt Beijing is ideally located right in the hub of Beijings Central Business District, directly opposite the China World Trade Centre and the new CCTV Tower. The luxury hotel has a wide range of plush rooms available, each fully equipped with all business conveniences and luxuries ranging from spa-inspired bathrooms, featuring Acca Kappa cosmetics, to espresso machines and the most incredible views over Beijing.
Address: 2 Jianguomenwai Street,Chaoyang
Tel: 86.10 8567 1234
Rates: From RMB1,760 (199)
Business amenities: Meeting rooms, boardroom and ballroom, a translation service, printing, faxing and car service are all available at extra charge; laptop hire; oversized work desk and international power outlets in room; Business@The Park offer includes one laundered item daily.
Rooms: 237 rooms, including 18 suites. In-room iPod docking station and wireless internet access (complimentary for Hyatt Platinum Passport guests, otherwise RMB120 per day). In-room safety deposit box with built-in laptop charger. Butler service available.
Leisure: Fitness centre with traditional Chinese medicine treatments; Tian Spa featuring eight treatment rooms, exercise studio, steam rooms, whirlpools and a stunning rooftop pool.
Restaurants: China Grill is the highest restaurant in the city; it boasts spectacular views and delicious international cuisine. The Private Rooms is a collection of dining suites serving Cantonese cuisine. Head to China Bar for cocktails and live music, or to Xiu for more bars, wine cellars, and an outdoor terrace with barbecues.
The Opposite House, Beijing, China (Scroll down for more) Situated in the heart of Beijings entertainment and diplomatic district, Kengo Kumas immaculately designed The Opposite House is the capitals new hot boutique hotel. The 99-room glass cube has been designed to meet the highest hospitality standards, with each of the large and light-filled bedrooms boasting luxury bedding, BaYanKaLa cosmetics and spa-inspired bathrooms. There are also five different restaurants and bar options on site. We just love their amazing penthouse which boasts a huge terrace.
Address: The Village, Building 1, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang
Tel: 86.10 6417 6688
Rates: From RMB2,500 (282)
Business amenities: Meeting room available for hire; no fixed check-in or check-out times; well-equipped event space, with separate kitchen and theatre-style seating; car transfers (choose from a Maserati or Audi Q7) at extra cost; and complimentary minibar.
Rooms: 99 rooms, including nine suites. In-room complimentary wired and wireless internet access, Nespresso coffee machine, TV and audio system.
Leisure: Sauna, spa treatments, 20m swimming pool and Technogym equipment (pictured below left). The ground floor also features a small contemporary fashion gallery; complimentary guided walks around the city are offered every Saturday.
Restaurants: There are extensive dining options available, from Mediterranean flavours at Sureño to Northern Chinese and Korean dishes at Bei, and cosmopolitan cuisine at the Village Café. In the evenings, guests can either relax with a cocktail in Mesh or dance the night away at Punk.
Four Seasons Hotel, Macau (Scroll down for more) Complete with all the luxuries expected from the Four Seasons Group, all the rooms and suites are well-equipped with a marble bathroom, LOccitane cosmetics, plasma screen televisions and wireless internet. Ornate chinoiserie complements neo-classic architectural details throughout the hotel. The Portuguese colonial interiors feature giant columns and luxuriantly draped windows.
Address: Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, Cotai Strip
Tel: 853.2881 8888
Rates: From HK$2,700 (268)
Business amenities: Business centre; various meeting rooms with AV equipment; multilingual translation and secretarial services available (prices on request, plus a 20% service charge); worldwide courier service; payable wireless and wired internet access; and in-room safe for laptops.
Rooms: 360 rooms, including 84 suites. In-room wireless and wired internet access (charged at HK$160 for 24 hours).
Leisure: Guests can make use of five outdoor pools and a hot tub, as well as a 24hr fitness centre and Pilates studio. There is also a luxury spa offering a wide range of treatments, a sauna, a vitality pool and an ice fountain.
Restaurants: Zi Ya Heen serves Cantonese delicacies and dim sums, while Portuguese and Macanese cuisine is available at Belcanção, which also offers live cooking stations and a spectacular wine bar. Splash is the in-house grill, serving seasonal dishes and cocktails. Windows restaurant offers light lunches and afternoon tea.
InterContinental The Rialto, Melbourne, Australia (Scroll down for more) The melding of two buildings built in the 1890s gives this hotel an air of distinction. Business travellers are best served by the Executive Club rooms, which give them access to the Club Lounge with its cigar-club vibe. Unlike the other luxury hotels on Collins Street, the InterContinental is located in the centre of the financial district rather than in the shopping district area.
Address: 495 Collins Street
Tel: 61.3 9620 9111
Rooms: 253 rooms and nine suites. In-room charged wireless internet access. All rooms have Elemis cosmetics. Suites feature spa baths.
Rates: from A$295 ($206)
Business amenities: Fully-staffed business centre; wireless and wired internet access ($9.95 per hour or $29.95 for 24 hours); courier service; secretarial support available; and meeting rooms. Executive club guests have access to the Club Lounge, complimentary cocktail hour and separate check-in facility.
Leisure: Health and fitness centre; spa; indoor pool; and sauna.
Restaurants: Alluvial is located in the soaring atrium between the hotels two heritage-listed buildings. Designed by executive chef Nick Reade, the restaurants menu features seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. A tapas-style menu is available in the chic Market Lane bar.
Park Hyatt, Shanghai, China (Scroll down for more) Soaring above the rooftops of Shanghai, the Park Hyatt is the highest hotel in the world, sitting on floors 79-93 of the 101-storey World Financial Centre. No expense has been spared, with all rooms fully equipped with the latest technology and comforts. Luxury bathrooms feature flatscreen television, double sinks, oversized rain showers, a deep soaking bath and separate powder room overlooking the whole of Shanghai.
Address: 100 Century Avenue, Pudong
Tel: 86.21 6888 1234
Rates: From RMB2,080 (235)
Business amenities: 24-hour butler service; complimentary wired and wireless internet connection; PC available for guests use; and mobile phone chargers.
Rooms: 174 rooms, including 14 suites. In-room facilities include iPod connection and charger, complimentary high-speed wired internet access, espresso machine, TV and DVD.
Leisure: Park Hyatts Waters Edge has extensive recreational facilities, including an infinity pool, wellness spa, tai chi courtyard, steam room and spa.
Restaurants: The Park Hyatt Shanghai features 100 Century Avenue: a venue for meeting, dining and entertainment. It includes a restaurant serving Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, a Chinese bar and a Western bar with live music and a whisky cellar. The hotel also offers more informal dining, with European breakfasts and snacks.
Swissôtel Grand, Shanghai, China (Scroll down for more) Swissôtel Shanghai is superbly located for business travellers in Jingan, Shanghais main business district. Each room is equipped with the latest technology and superior amenities.
Address: 1 Yu Yuan Road, Jingan District
Tel: 86.21 5355 9898
Rates: From RMB1,200 (135)
Business amenities: Two ballrooms and six multipurpose function rooms; trained team of conference specialists, secretaries and assistants; Limousine airport collection available; wired internet connection is complimentary in the business centre; chargeable printing and faxing service.
Rooms: 467 rooms, including 15 suites. In-room wired and wireless internet acccess (RMB120 for 24 hours). Rooms feature English, Japanese and Chinese satellite channels, flatscreen TV and iPod connection. DVD players are available on request. Nespresso in executive rooms and suites.
Leisure: Fitness centre and 20m indoor heated pool (pictured below). The spa area includes four treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, cold and hot water pools and a hot tub.
Restaurants: Café Swiss offers all-day dining with international flavours and both à la carte and buffet options offering delicious Swiss chocolate. The Mian Ba noodle bar has a dim sum menu and local specialities. Trendsetters head to Flow Lounge & Bar.
Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen, China (Scroll down for more) Futian Shangri-La is perfectly located in the heart of Shenzhens business district and is just minutes away from the Hong Kong border. All rooms are elegantly appointed with the maximum of comfort and luxury, and boast impressive views across the city or gardens.
Address: 4088 Yi Tian Road, Futian District
Tel: 86.755 8828 4088
Rates: From RMB1,251 (141)
Business amenities: 24-hour business centre; extensive conference facilities; IT butler; complimentary wireless internet in public areas; meeting rooms (a large meeting room for 14 people costs RMB550 per hour); mobile phone rental; payable translation service; and full-size writing desk in room. Horizon Club package includes access to private lounge and one complimentary suit press and shoeshine.
Rooms: 180 rooms. In-room complimentary wired internet access, LCD TV in bathroom. DVD player available on request. Suites and Horizon Club rooms feature CD, DVD and MP3 player.
Leisure: Heated indoor pool, outdoor tennis court, gym and spa. More extensive leisure facilities are due to open in 2009.
Restaurants: All-day dining is available at Café Zen, which serves international cuisine. Alternatives include Angelini restaurant and bar for Italian dishes and Fook Lam Moon for Cantonese specialities served in private dining rooms. The Lobby Lounge serves snacks and drinks.
Kempinski Hotel, Suzhou, China (Scroll down for more)Address: 1 Guobin Road, Suzhou Industrial Park
Tel: 86.512 6289 7888
Rates: From RMB650 (73)
Business amenities: Executive floor with meeting room; audio and video technology in function rooms; secretarial support and wireless internet (which is charged at RMB2 per minute); laptops are available to hire for RMB120 per hour; payable typing and binding service; translation is provided through an outside company, if required; and eight multifunctional meeting rooms.
Rooms: 458 rooms, including 77 suites. In-room complimentary wired and wireless internet access, flatscreen TV, with DVD player available on request. All rooms have a large writing desk.
Leisure: Fitness centre; 27-hole golf course; squash; tennis; and 50m indoor swimming pool. The spa is undergoing renovation work, to be completed by mid 2009.
Restaurants: Wang Hu Ge serves Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine, while international flavours are on offer at Seasons Café. Opening soon are the Paulaner Brauhaus, with a Bavarian menu and freshly brewed beer, and the top-floor Panorama cigar and wine bar.
Shangri-Las Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei , China (Scroll down for more) Shangri-Las Far Eastern Plaza Hotel sits right in the heart of the citys business district, and is only five minutes away from the Taipei World Trade Convention and Exhibition Centre. With the unique building soaring high about the city, all rooms and suites have magnificent views across the skyline and surrounding mountains.
Address: 201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2
Tel: 886.2 2378 8888
Rates: From TW$6,450 (147)
Business amenities: Two meeting rooms, for eight and six (TW$1,600 per hour); private office with PC and massage chair; laptop hire (TW$350 per hour); mobile phone hire (TW$1,500 a day plus calls); business centre with broadband internet (TW$150); typing service (TW$300 a page).
Rooms: 420 rooms, including 53 suites. In-room complimentary wireless internet access. Executive rooms feature LOccitane cosmetics.
Leisure: The spa on the 40th floor offers foot and body massage, as well as a steam room and sauna. Spectacular rooftop pool with panoramic views of Taipei, hot tub, second outdoor pool and fitness centre.
Restaurants: The restaurants are some of the best in town and feature a variety of Taiwanese and Western cuisines, from creative Japanese to Italian pasta dishes. Two of the five restaurants enjoy magnificent views across Taipei. There are also three bars: the lively Li Bai lounge, the Lobby Court and the Marco Polo Lounge, which also serves afternoon tea.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo (Scroll down for more)Address: Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tel: 81.3 6739 7888
Rates: From ¥57,211 (447)
Business amenities: Two meeting rooms; three work booths; PC hire (¥2,100 per hour or ¥10,000 per day); mobile phone hire (¥2,100 per day plus calls); payable printing and fax service; and secretarial services on request.
Rooms: 202 rooms and suites. In-room complimentary wired and wireless internet access, large writing desk, 42-inch flatscreen TV and DVD player. Suites feature LOccitane cosmetics.
Leisure: Gym, hot tub, sauna, 20m heated indoor swimming pool, health club and spa offering luxury treatments based on ancient Chinese and Himalayan healing therapies.
Restaurants: The hotels two restaurants are Piacere, an Italian restaurant, and Nadaman, a wide-range Japanese offering with its own Teppanyaki area and sushi counter. There is also a lobby lounge offering afternoon tea and live music. Located in the business district Marunouchi, next to Tokyo Station, the hotel is just a ten-minute walk from the Imperial Palace and the Nihonbashi business district. The spacious rooms all have views over the surrounding city or the distant Tokyo Bay.
Sofitel Wanda, Ningbo (Scroll down for more) For French style in the heart of China, Sofitel Wanda Ningbo is the ideal choice. It is located just 15 minutes from the airport, and in the heart of the Yinzhou business district. With various dining options and bars and a scenic location near Dongqian Lake, Sofitel offers a great base for business travellers in Ningbo.
Address: 899 Si Ming Zhong Road, Yinzhou District
Tel: 86.574 2889 9888
Rates: From RMB980 (110)
Business amenities: Ballroom and three multifunction meeting rooms; business centre, open until 11pm; complimentary wireless internet in the lobby; translating and interpreting services for a charge.
Rooms: 290 rooms and suites. In-room complimentary wired internet access.
Leisure: The spa provides luxury private physiotherapy rooms with bathrooms and saunas, and also offers traditional Chinese massage. Guests have access to the indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre.
Restaurants: There are four restaurants, offering international and local cuisines. Guest can dine on Mediterranean fare at Lavish, or sample authentic Chinese dishes at Wan. For evening entertainment, there is Le Club, which is the first red wine and cigar bar in Ningbo, with live jazz.
Shangri-La Hotel, Wenzhou, China (Scroll down for more) Perfectly located in the heart of the Central Business District and just 25 minutes from the airport, the hotel is tastefully appointed to meet the demands of each guests and has spectacular river and mountain views.
Address: 1 Xiangyuan Road
Tel: 86.577 8998 8888
Rates: from RMB900 (110)
Business amenities: Fully equipped business centre; AV equipment; meeting rooms; translation service available for a fee; payable car service (Audi and Mercedes Benz) available; and complimentary wireless internet in the business centre and public areas.
Rooms: 409 rooms, including 34 suites. There are also ten fully serviced apartments. In-room complimentary wired internet access. DVD player in suites and available on request for all other rooms.
Leisure: Health club with indoor swimming pool, hot tub, complete massage facilities, fitness centre and outdoor tennis court.
Restaurants: The beautifully appointed Shang Palace serves gourmet Cantonese cuisine and local delicacies, and has 17 luxury private dining rooms for a more intimate gathering. For international flavours, O Cafe provides relaxed, all-day dining, buffet-style or à la carte.
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jakarta, Indonesia (Scroll down for more) Ideally located in the city centre, the hotel has been redesigned with every modern comfort. The spacious rooms and suites are luxuriously equipped with the newest technologies and tastefully designed to reflect Indonesian art and style. The luxurious marble bathrooms are something special, with huge bathtubs offering the perfect escape from the trials of the day.
Address: Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1
Tel: 62.21 2358 3800
Rates: From IDR1,725,731 (122)
Business amenities: Wired internet in business centre (IDR55,000 for 30 minutes); nine meeting rooms; grand ballroom; Bali room; and meeting concierge services.
Rooms: 289 rooms and suites. In-room iPod connection, 47in flatscreen TV and payable wired internet access. All rooms have work area with oversized desk. Executive Club package offers free wired internet accesss and personal butler. Presidential suite boasts a private spa.
Leisure: Fitness centre, rooftop pool with breathtaking views and botanical garden. A luxurious spa is due to open in late 2009.
Restaurants: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski offers a wide range of dining options. Now open are the Signatures Restaurant, with an international menu, buffet and open-show kitchens, and a 1950s American diner-themed cafe. A Japanese deli, Italian restaurant, Indonesian fusion bar and a German brewery will open later in the year.
Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore, India (Scroll down for more) Uniquely designed with a facade that changes colour, texture and tone, this is a hotel not to be missed. Vivanta by Taj is ideally located for business travel, right at the main entrance to the International Tech Park, Indias first location that integrates office, retail, residential and recreational facilities.
Address: ITPB, Whitefield
Tel: 91.80 6693 3333
Rates: From IRN8,352 (128)
Business amenities: Wireless internet access (charged throughout the hotel at IRN200 per hour or IRN600 for 24 hours, plus tax); 24-hour business centre; laptop hire (IRN2,500 for 24 hours); free scanning service; laser printing and photocopying (IRN25 per page); hotel car with wireless internet available; helicopter service; payable translation service; legal library; and banquet hall for events.
Rooms: 170 rooms and 29 suites. In-room internet radio, on-demand video and charged wireless internet access.
Leisure: Jiva spa and beauty salon; outdoor swimming pool; fitness centre offering yoga, aerobics and gym; lawn tennis; selection of musical instruments available on request; Sony PSP available on request; and boutique and book store.
Restaurants: Enjoy food from across the globe at the all-day dining venue Latitude, choose from the light options available at the deli Caramel or feast on contemporary Indian dishes at Terracotta. With delicious cocktails, Asian tapas-style bites and resident DJ, bar Tease is the toniest place in town.
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