Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located in the heart of the city on the former site of Xianliang Temple, which was the permanent residence of Li Hongzhang, the first Chinese guest to stay at the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York. Credit: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

BEIJING - Hilton Worldwide and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Beijing, marking the second Waldorf Astoria hotel in China and the brand's continued international expansion.  An expression of its unique location, Waldorf Astoria Beijing features 176 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, three unique restaurants, including Peacock Alley, Brasserie1893 and  Zijin Mansion, 796 square meters of function meeting space, a spa and fitness center with heated indoor swimming pool.  The hotel is operated by Hilton Worldwide and owned by China Oil & Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO).

"Waldorf Astoria Beijing is the epitome of luxury, a true expression of Beijing's heritage and unique culture in a location providing global travelers with personalized service and inspirational environments that become the source for unforgettable moments," said John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, luxury and lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide.  "Since its inception, the Waldorf Astoria brand continues to expand with landmark openings in prestigious destinations around the world.  Today, we are proud to introduce True Waldorf Service in China's capital city with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Beijing and are confident that this hotel will offer guests unforgettable experiences that only happen at a Waldorf Astoria."

Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located in the heart of the city on the former site of Xianliang Temple, which was the permanent residence of Li Hongzhang, the first Chinese guest to stay at the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York. Li's visit held great political, economic, and cultural significance within China.  The hotel is just 27 kilometers from Beijing International Airport, 2.5 kilometers from Beijing Railway Station and is within walking distance of the Dengshikou Subway Station.  Guests of the hotel have convenient access to the shopping malls, central business district and historic landmarks, such as the world renowned Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

"The iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand has become the reference for defining luxury experiences and has a presence in key locations globally.  It is for this reason that Beijing, a fusion of China's past and present splendor, is the perfect location for Waldorf Astoria's second hotel in China," said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.  "Waldorf Astoria Beijing will build on the success of its namesake, the renowned Waldorf Astoria New York, and its legacy of timeless luxury and exceptional experiences."

Local splendor blends with timeless elegance at Waldorf Astoria Beijing.  With interior designs crafted by top architectural and engineering talents at Yabu Pushelberg Landscape, the Waldorf Astoria Beijing premises embody both modern and traditional elements. The multi-million dollar art collection also adds a touch of beauty and culture that is unparalleled.  Guest rooms include 38 suites in the main hotel tower and the Waldorf Hutong Villa, three Hutong studios and a room housed in two villas with private entrances located in a garden courtyard.  Waldorf Astoria Beijing is comprised of two magnificent buildings with varying styles.  The main tower is an elegant bronze building which will transform its color as it ages.  The surrounding Hutong Villas bear the elements of ancient Imperial China, providing a breathtaking scene to behold.

From arrival to departure, guests are not only embraced by the striking design, but also welcomed by True Waldorf Service.  This service initiative assigns a personal concierge, acting as a primary contact, to every guest ensuring that each request is fulfilled.  From assisting with culinary preferences and arranging the fine details for special occasions to delivering anticipatory, genuine and personalized attention from the moment they make their reservation until after they return home, Waldorf Astoria Beijing's personal concierges are committed to providing highly anticipatory and personalized service before, during and after a guest's stay.

The hotel joins Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund as the brand's portfolio expands in China.  Members of Hilton HHonors, the guest loyalty program of Hilton Worldwide's ten distinct brands, are able to earn and redeem points for their stay.  To mark its opening, the hotel is offering Hilton HHonors members an extra 5,000 bonus points per stay on the best available rate through stays completed between April 1 to August 31, 2014.  Waldorf Astoria Beijing is located at 5-15 Jinyu Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China.

To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at +86 10 5813 8267 or to arrange your visit to the hotel please contact BJSWA.Reservations@waldorfastoria.com  or visit www.waldorfastoria.com/beijing.

For more information about the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com or http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

Contact:
Audrey Wong
Hilton Worldwide
+65 6833 9763
audrey.wong@hilton.com

John Walls
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 5232
john.walls@hilton.com

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 30 iconic properties in the world’s most sought after destinations. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking a www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting news.waldorfastoria.com, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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