NUO Hotel Beijing is a Ming Dynasty inspired hotel that opened in June 2015 and is one of a raft of new hotels in Asia.
Is it really a palace?
Making the connection between the Forbidden Palace in Beijing and this modern skyscraper might require a stretch of the imagination. But the connections are there if you dig deeper. Think of it as a designer’s interpretation of Ming Dynasty heritage.
The Ming Dynasty in China was a golden age of trade and culture. So the hotel’s design incorporates famous Ming Dynasty-era figures including Wen Zhenheng (an ancient Chinese designer who lived 500 years ago).
The theme is Zen minimalist.
The hotel is decked out with artworks by talented Chinese artists, such as Zeng Fanzhi. A five by two metre oil painting adorns the lobby.
Why stay at NUO Hotel Beijing?
The hotel is near Beijing’s Art Zone 798 and if you haven’t been there yet do go. The precinct is packed with galleries displaying works of modern and traditional Chinese artists. There some funky sculptures and if you’re not into art there are several craft shops worth checking out. It’s a part of Beijing you’ll enjoy visiting after you’ve seen the city’s heritage sights.
What about the rooms?
There are 438 guestrooms (55 are suites) and an Executive Club Lounge.
A feature of NUO Hotel is all rooms have floor-to-ceiling views of the city.
Rooms have mod cons like complimentary broadband and wireless internet, flat-screen televisions and Bluetooth-enabled Bose stereo speakers.
There are luxurious marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs, rainforest showers and NUO Pu’er tea-infused bed and bath accessories.
If you’re concerned about the pollution in Beijing will be happy to hear the hotel has a top-of-the-range air-purification system.