Hotel Jen — Beijing, China
The Shangri-La group’s diffusion arm, Hotel Jen, continues its expansion with the opening of its tenth property in the Guomao neighbourhood of Beijing’s central business district.
Occupying the first 22 floors of China World’s Tower B, the hotel has, perhaps, the strongest Millennial footprint of the bunch, featuring a host of desirable perks such as a dedicated co-working space and a gastropub with its own brewery – the only such restaurant in the area.
The Dubai-based design agency Stickman Tribe has created a distinct urban vibe with tons of whimsical flourishes. In the lobby, for example, layerings of materials such as oak, marble, and black metal have been bolstered with a dramatic tree sculpture, that has suspended porcelain leaves, by French artists Barbara Billoud and Genevieve Mathieu.
Surprisingly for a Millennial-minded property, Hotel Jen has committed to both a stellar offering of public spaces as well as very reasonably sized rooms. Here, a muted palette of blonde wood, camel leather, cream upholstery, and grey carpet is punctuated with bursts of colour via a yellow ottoman or rainbow-patterned framed illustrations.
The biggest scene-stealer though, is the Trainyard Gym and fitness centre. Along with an excellent exercise programme that includes mixed martial arts training, the space will tempt even the most lethargic of us, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, spectacular graffiti artwork, midcentury-inspired locker rooms, and n quirky 25m lap pool laid with patterned houndstooth tiles, proving that great design can go underwater, too.