Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning. 

Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.


2009 June 08


China; new hotels, new style


As the hotel sector in Beijing matures, three newly-opened hotels mark a change in style:



[] The 43-room Aman at Summer Palace (Aman Resorts’ first in China) is a conversion of a 19th-century palace just outside the wall of the Summer Palace’s Garden of Harmonious Interests in the northern tip of the park.


The Summer Palace is a Unesco heritage site, and until recently Beijing authorities would have been wary of allowing a hotel development – however sensitive the design may be – in the vicinity.



[] The 99-room Opposite House (of the Swire Hotels group) is a modern design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, in Sanlitun, Beijing’s popular bar and restaurant area.


With an exterior covered in emerald-coloured glass, and restaurants and bars by top international chefs, the hotel is targeting the top end market with rack rates starting at US$472 (Y3220).



[] The minimalist 55-room boutique hotel, The Emperor, is the first urban hotel in China with membership of Design Hotels (a representation and marketing group)


Close to Tiananmen Square and surrounded by traditional Chinese low-rise houses and courtyards, the hotel has a classic Chinese-style exterior, but contemporary orange and white interiors, and a glass-floored restaurant serving so-called fusion food.



The Fox