The Aman Hotel at Summer Palace
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- The Aman Hotel at Summer PalaceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jul 04, 2012
This is an amazing property. It has all of the expected qualities of an Aman resort:
- incredible design
- exceptional service
- feel-at-home atmosphere
- incorporation of local culture into all elements of the property
- luxurious amenities / facilities
This, like other Aman properties, is a place to go so that you can feel human again!
In addition, this property is unique because of its historical significance and access to the Summer Palace. During our stay, we were treated to a semi-private performance of the Beijing Opera inside the Summer Palace grounds (with drinks catered by Aman). Though this does not appear to be a regular occurrence, it is indicative of the access that the Aman has and close relationship between the property and the Summer Palace.
The only criticisms I have of the property are 1) the Chinese-style chairs used throughout can be a bit uncomfortable -- i.e., not as "loungey" as other Aman properties (though staff are quick to add a pillow to help out) 2) no natural light at the swimming pool (though it is still quite lovely).
This is a must-see property and experience. It certainly isn't inexpensive but the experience is worth the cost. You will feel as if you are living like the Empress Dowager herself (but with the benefit of modern ammenities -- plasma screens, a private movie theater, spa facilities, etc.).
My only other recommendation would be that you focus your visit on the property and the Summer Palace (minimum of 2 nights) instead of using the property as a base for exploring the city. The property is relatively far from the city which makes it hard to step out and see the sites. I'd suggest a few nights in the city (Peninsula is my pick) and then a few nights out at the Aman.
Thumbs up on another great addition to the Aman portfolio!Recommended for:
- The Aman Hotel at Summer PalaceJul 05, 2012
This is a beautiful hotel that replicates many of the design elements of the Summer Garden that is next door (and that Aman residents can use a secret door to access without any lines). If you want to imagine the luxury of a late 1800's Chinese taipan might experience, this is it.
The disadvantage of staying here is that it is 45-60 minutes outside of the center of Beijing, and so getting to the Forbidden Palace, Temple of Heaven, visiting Hutongs, etc. will take longer. However it is a bit closer to the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
I am an Aman junkie and really appreciate the uniqueness of their hotels, and recommend this one highly. Take a look at my pictures.Recommended for:
Aman at Summer Palace Beijing has an indoor pool, a steam room, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public
The 51 air-conditioned guestrooms at Aman at Summer Palace Beijing include CD players and laptop-compatible safes. Rooms have courtyard views. Rooms are equipped with LCD televisions. All accommodations provide desks, complimentary newspapers, and cordless phones. Guests can use the in-room complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access. In-room minibars and complimentary bottled water are provided. Bathrooms offer showers with rainfall showerheads, double sinks, phones, and bathrobes. Additional amenities include slippers and makeup/shaving mirrors. In addition, a turndown service is offered nightly, housekeeping is available daily, and amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered weekly.
Excellent!10 reviews across the web.
- Service88% thought the service was very professional.
- GroundsBeautiful grounds.
- AmbianceGreat ambiance.
- Wellness AreaExcellent wellness & sports facilities.
- HotelHotel is great.
- FoodFood is delicious.