The name of one of Beijing’s newest luxury hotels, the
Pangu 7 Star Hotel, could be seen as a little misleading by some,
as 7 stars are not an official rating of the hotel’s quality, but,
the hotel claims, the 7 Stars are an allusion to the seven stars
of The Plough or The Big Dipper, the auspicious constellation that
has guided travellers since ancient times. The name Pangu
references the creator of heaven and earth in Chinese mythology.
The 234-room Pangu 7 Star Hotel overlooks the
2008 Beijing Olympic Park, and is part of the stunning Pangu Plaza
development which will also comprise luxury offices, residences
and the flagship stores of some of the world’s most luxurious
brands. The complex sits adjacent to the historical central axis
that stretches from the Forbidden City to the 2008 Olympic Park,
and offers jaw-dropping views over the capital’s new national
icons: the ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium and the ‘Water Cube’
Aquatic Centre. The Water Cube is just 180 metres from the hotel
and is connected by a Ruyi footbridge over Pangu Gardens. Situated
beside Beijing’s Fourth Ring Road, the hotel also enjoys
convenient access via new highways to Beijing Capital Airport and
all the city’s major attractions.
The iconic and imposing dragon-shaped Pangu
Plaza was built by world-renowned Taiwanese architect C.Y. Lee,
whose portfolio includes the 508-metre Taipei 101 Tower, one
of the tallest buildings in the world. So important is the Pangu
Plaza development to the city of Beijing that local building laws
were altered to accommodate the 39,361 sqm structure.
Designed in Lee’s trademark Chinese
postmodernist style, the landmark plaza comprises five towers
connected by a 411-metre-long Dragon Corridor and supported by 66
square granite columns. Atop each column stands a three-metre
dragon carved from ancient granite and holding a
pearl in its mouth. The building’s 191-metre coiling ‘dragon’s
head’ houses a 45-floor 5A office tower, the ‘body’ contains
luxury residences and a high-end shopping mall and restaurants.
Occupying a 21-storey tower, the Pangu 7 Star Hotel is the
pinnacle of Pangu Plaza.
The Pangu 7 Star Hotel’s interiors were created by
Milan-based Italian-Brazilian designer Ricardo Bello Dias. Opulent
but welcoming, the design strikes a masterful balance between
Chinese classical tradition and contemporary European glamour.
No expense has been spared in the creation of the
hotel. The swathes of marble throughout the building are entirely
imported from Italy, and often embellished with traditional
Chinese motifs hand-engraved by local craftsmen. The contemporary
furnishings, lighting and technology were designed by leading
global brands such as Baga and include Italian lighting
consultants Metis, who work with Bvlgari hotels, luxuriant
furnishings from Moroso adorn the restaurants while guest rooms
are outfitted with Baker furniture, as featured in the American
Presidential White House.
Pangu 7 Star Hotel has also been granted special permission from the
Palace Museum to reproduce priceless artworks from the Forbidden
City. These Tang, Ming and Qing dynasty masterpieces, by revered
names such as Ren Renfa and Yun Bing, were recreated on copper
panels in Italy and are visible in all guestrooms and public
ensure the utmost comfort and privacy for guests, check-in at the
Pangu 7 Star Hotel is conducted entirely in the guestrooms.
The hotel boasts 234 guest rooms, including 140
suites, ranging in size from 45 sqm up to a 488 sqm Presidential
Suite. Soaring 3.5-metre ceilings heighten the sense of
spaciousness, and the rooms are decorated with cream, deep-pile
carpets and polished blonde woods. Chinese design influences
include vermillion walls, moon-shaped door handles and painted
dragon lampshades. On the king sized Sealy mattress beds,
600-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding by Frette offers an
unforgettable night’s sleep.
auspicious feng shui of the rooms, a circular, recessed ceiling
feature with molded motifs represents ‘heaven above earth’. A
colourful round glass piece leading to the bathroom is engraved
with two dragons at play. Each room also features a long,
flickering faux fireplace with dramatic marble mantle custom
designed by Bello Dias, adding a homely feel to the grandiose
The spacious bathrooms are equally
impressive, featuring hand-sculpted dual washbasins, monsoon rain
showers and Ferre and Hermes bath products. A mirror beside the
bathtub turns into a TV screen at the flick of a switch, and
heated towel racks warm the luxuriant Frette bath towels.
High-tech in-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, a
Bose surround sound speaker system and automatic light and curtain
controls. Advanced IP phones allow guests to receive messages and
even check their hotel bill, and the minibar is stocked with
complimentary juices, soft drinks, beer and Evian water. For any
other requests, guests can simply summon their personal butler.
Pangu 7 Star
Hotel boasts three signature restaurants and two elegant lounges
that are already making their mark on the capital’s dining scene.
Japanese kaiseki restaurant Kaden Minokichi is the
first international branch of the 300-year-old Kyoto establishment
that once served Japanese emperors. All chefs, staff and
ingredients used at this 38-seat tatami styled restaurant hail
from Japan. Set menus range from RMB1,800 to 8,000 per person and
reservations are a must due to high demand.
Wenqi Chinese Restaurant offers private dining across
two levels. Diners can choose from 26 individually styled private
dining suites decorated in Chinese, British, French, Californian,
Thai and Balinese style. The menu highlights prestigious Chiu Chow
and Cantonese cuisine, and staff are trained in unobtrusive
Auspicious Garden is the hotel’s
all-day dining restaurant serving a buffet spread of
Asian and Western specialities, plus a stellar dessert selection. The elegant lobbyside Karma Lounge is a fine place for
high teas and evening aperitifs.
guest can sip creative cocktails at the double-storey Happiness
Lounge on the 21st floor. One of Beijing’s most scenic drinking
venues, the bar offers private enclaves, two alfresco terraces and
jaw-dropping views of the 2008 Olympic Stadiums bathed in electric
High-level meetings and events
facilities are conveniently located on the third and fourth
floors. Five meeting rooms range in size from 68 sqm to 176 sqm.
There are also two ballrooms: the smaller ballroom on the third
floor is 738 sqm and can accommodate 400 people. The grand
ballroom atop the Dragon Corridor on the fourth floor is 888 sqm,
and can seat up to 500 people. Its staggering 15-metre-high
ceilings are among the highest of any ballroom in Beijing.
For guests to unwind, the hotel offers high-tech TechnoGym
fitness facilities and will also offer luxurious spa suites and an
indoor pool (currently under development).
Pangu Plaza and Pangu
7 Star Hotel have been fully designed according to ancient Chinese
feng shui principles to bring good fortune and wealth to their
inhabitants. Created in the form of a dragon – the most powerful
and auspicious animal of the Chinese zodiac – the building’s
‘yang’ dragon is designed to complement the ‘yin’ of Dragon Lake
in the adjacent National Forest Park.
off the capital’s historical central axis that stretches from the
Forbidden City, Pangu Plaza is directly north of China’s seat of
government at Zhongnanhai and the new National Theatre for the
Performing Arts, a corridor known as the ‘Dragon Vein’. The Dragon
Vein forms a triangle with Financial Street in the west creating a
pyramid of world-class political, economic and social development.
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