SPENDING A NIGHT AT THE PUXUAN HOTEL AND SPA is almost as if you were living in a Chinese landscape painting.
Perched on the upper floors of Beijing’s newly-opened Guardian Arts Centre, beside its gallery spaces and auction house, carefully curated artworks accent the public spaces of The PuXuan. The 116-room hotel is the latest concept by Urban Resort Concepts, known for their luxury resorts such as The PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai.
Embracing an aesthetic of elegance through simplicity, the hotel’s facade is an assemblage of small, porthole-like windows that is a poetical rendition of classic 14th-century painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains by Huang Gongwang. Interiors are designed by Shanghai-based MQ-studio. It’s all rich textures and warm tones, with sophisticated furniture by Hermès-backed Chinese luxury label Shang Xia.
A Grand Entrance
From the moment the car door opens at the bamboo-accented entrance of The PuXuan, an aura of calm envelops you. Checking in is seamless — porters scoop up your luggage, ushering you past a metal pine tree sculpture that bears the signature of artist Shi Jinsong.
Guest rooms are, expectedly, padded with decorative ornaments and art pieces. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows are a natural frame for sumptuous views of the Forbidden City, with its rich ochre-yellow roofs and the small peak of Jingshan Park. Inspired to buy some art? The in-room safes tower at a metre tall, for any auction purchases you might make during your stay.
Unwind, Settle In
Suite-level guests also enjoy 24-hour access to the exclusive PuXuan Club, where you can kick back in the airy, double-height reading room, or unwind on the secluded terrace after an anti-aging Urban Active massage using Italian eco-conscious brand Comfort Zone essential oils at the hotel’s minimalist UR SPA downstairs.
Restaurants at The PuXuan are destinations in themselves. There’s Rive Gauche, an edgy and experimental dining experience helmed by chef Ivan Miguez formerly from Shanghai’s lauded Ultraviolet restaurant. Cosy up on curved leather banquettes and tuck into inspired dishes such as Corn Three Ways (charred baby corn with cherry vinegar, luscious corn tofu and corn espuma), or ribbons of lightly steamed cuttlefish with pickled strawberry, coriander seeds and squid ink gel. At the stylish Fu Chun Ju, 10 semi-open booths and a low-slung ceiling make an intimate setting for Guangzhou-born Waikit Yeung’s impressive menu of polished, modern Cantonese.
The PuXuan Hotel and Spa, 1 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China, thepuxuan.com. Best available room rates start from RMB 2,680++