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The Four Seasons Hotel Beijing has an elegant and upscale design style, blending traditional Chinese motifs with modern art. Beige marble tile coats the floors, pillars and ceilings of the lobby, and are lit from above by contemporary ring-shaped crystal lighting fixtures. Pearlescent thatched patterns are featured in the coffered ceilings, while dark lacquered wooden walls display a box pattern throughout the lobby and upper floors. Upon entering the hotel, guests are immediately impressed by the enormous modern calligraphy paintings by Chinese artist Qin Feng, hanging behind the reception and concierge desks. Further inside the hotel, guests enter a living room-style lounge with a two-story nature landscape hanging on one wall, opposite a stately marble staircase in an X-shape. The hotel has a unique open concept, with high-end boutiques on the third floor wrapping round the lounge, and a soaring atrium. At the lower level is a stone-clad tea garden, with an installation of silver butterflies snaking up the wooden wall.
Styled in the brand’s traditional coffee-and-cream hues, the public areas of Four Seasons Hotel Beijing come off as more muted at first, especially with a lobby some distance from the main entrance toward the center of the building. But you’ll find the property dazzles with a subtle design aesthetic — sculptures and art pieces are on rotation in the first-floor areas; a jaw-dropping wall of 400 stainless-steel butterflies sits in the inner atrium; elegant writing desks and stationery trays stand out in the guest rooms — that takes its time in its reveal. That is, until you wander into the Beijing hotel’s flashy restaurants Mio or Cai Yi Xuan. Both establishments were designed by Japanese firm Spin Design Studio, with the remit to go tastefully wild, and it certainly did. Dripping with showy bling, Mio is surely the most fabulously over-the-top interior anywhere to also sport a trio of wood-fired pizza ovens.