Inside a downtown shopping mall, this exclusive 100-room hotel attracts high rollers with its ‘Lagoon Suites’ that boast private pools and terraces, eccentric design themes and exuberant modern art. Fortunately for the rest of us, Eclat gets the basics right, too.
Part of the Parkview Green complex, a glass-and-steel pyramid home to upscale shopping mall and offices, Eclat is located halfway between Beijing’s CBD and the buzzing Sanlitun neighbourhood. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby (particularly in the mall itself, which is one of Beijing’s best), and the Silk Market is just down the road. Though the area is light on local colour, Dongdaqiao Subway Station (Line Six) nearby will whisk you to Beihai Park and Nanluoguxiang in less than 20 minutes.
Address: 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
Style & character
Owned by Hong Kong real estate mogul George Wong, the hotel is like a flamboyant rendering of his eccentric personality, jam-packed with artworks, designer furnishings and artefacts from his own collections. Almost every guest room has a different theme, from Harry Potter to Playboy, and the same goes for each floor. It might sound terribly tacky, but it’s done with panache and there are genuine treasures all over the place – including dozens of original Salvador Dali sculptures.
Service & facilities
The hotel has not one, but 20 swimming pools, although you’ll need to splash out on a pool suite to get your trunks on. A small fitness studio has great views of the inner glass atrium of the hotel but there’s no spa. Service is casual and friendly, with good levels of English spoken. All hotel guests are entitled to a free afternoon tea in the Executive Lounge, as well as one cocktail per evening in George’s, the ground floor bar.
If you can stretch to a room with a terrace, you’ll get a quirky all-weather balcony area ‘outside’ of the hotel but still within the glass structure of the building, though the glass itself isn’t clear so you don’t get much of a view. All rooms come with 3D TVs (complete with glasses and a selection of movies), massage armchairs, and fancy bathrooms. The Lagoon Suites have much larger, wrap-around terraces with small swimming pools, sofas, art pieces and countless playful touches, including Japanese designer bedside lamps that are activated by a toy pistol.
Food & drink
George’s dishes up Spanish fine-dining, while Alfie’s (from the brand Alfred Dunhill) does posh steaks, whiskies, afternoon teas and English fish and chips. Essentially, you’ve got your pick from all of the mall’s many restaurants – try Little Dadong for Peking duck, and Opera Bombana from Michelin star-studded Italian chef Umberto Bombana. George’s Bar has a vintage French theme and takes its mixology seriously – the potent GW Nightcab (the boss’s favourite, apparently) blends scotch with mint and caramel liquors.
Access for guests with disabilities?
One room has been converted for disabled access.
No, not with all those expensive sculptures to knock over.
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