The “cult of Beauty” in a Hotel. The experience of the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing

Fëdor Dostoevskij  said in Florence, Italy –  “Beauty will save the world”.

A Hotel like the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing is a typical example of a structure that has consistently pursued the “cult of beauty”, imposing sophistication as the pursuit of pleasure and beautiful things. 

Inside a Luxury Hotel, luxury is made of many small details and hospitality has no “physical” meaning.

Inside the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, every detail is custom-designed, from architecture, interior design, colors to menu pencils, matches and … perfume.

Every single detail is based on a sensory balance and the custom ambient fragrance diffused in the common areas is the final touch of the luxury brand’s first hotel opened in Beijing.

Overlooking the Forbidden City, the Hotel offers guests one of the best views in the capital.

Upon entering there are two elements that immediately inform guests how thoughtfully designed the hotel is. First, there’s a trio of sculptural fish that serves as a light fixture for the lobby that has been designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Then there’s the fan—a signature of the brand and an item that’s uniquely created for each hotel—that was created by Tim Yip, the Oscar Award–winning art director for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Made from silk and paper, dried plant leaves and grass have been embedded into the fabric to evoke a sense of nature. And to highlight the ethereal quality of the fan, the blades have been made from silicon instead of traditional bamboo.

The sumptuous quarters have floor-to-ceiling windows and oversize marble bathrooms. Rooms start at 592 square feet and go up to 2,799 square feet with the Presidential Suite, which boasts an even larger terrace to relax on.

Every little detail has been carefully considered to help guests feel comfortable and at home, including the blue Wedgwood tea sets, Vera Wang glassware, Ploh goose down bedding, Dyson hair dryers (humidifiers and air purifiers from the appliance company are also available on request), Diptyque toiletries, Marvis toothpaste, and Toto toilets.

Finally, (since March 2019) the installation of a scent system by Scent Company to diffuse a Signature Scent made-to-measure for the hotel, to welcome guests immediately at the entrance of the building and accompaying them inside the structure wrapped in an almost imperceptible cloud of sweet perfume.

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