View of China’s Cultural Palace courtyard from the 83rd floor balcony of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beijing, China
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New for the Waldorf Astoria Beijing is a whirlpool created by domed fire escapes
Imagine a hotel with a ground floor bar, where honeyed cocktails blend with a Ping Pong table and fire escapes create a whirlpool.
A look inside the Waldorf Astoria Beijing, which was opened last month, is a veritable stroll down 1930s memory lane, says Reuters.
There’s a painting of George Gershwin and Tchaikovsky – and what seems to be a replica of the original Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.
Photo caption: The 84,000 sq. ft hotel in Beijing has 175 guest rooms, three restaurants and five bars
Photo caption: The Waldorf Astoria said it only invested about $125m in the new Waldorf Astoria Beijing hotel and its improvements would take 15 years to recoup
On our first night we stayed in a penthouse suite – but heading down to the lobby it was evident these weren’t your typical hotel staff rooms.
Iris, a Mandarin maiden, launched herself at one of us as we settled in for the night. But our returning colleague Tim stayed calm and summoned up the courage to ask Iris about the manager’s job.
Photo caption: Spotted at the Waldorf Astoria Beijing, almost every corner has a story
Is there one, he asked.
Iris didn’t look happy about it.
We took off on the elevator and when we came out Tim looked visibly relieved.