New boutique hotel Jing's Residence opens in Pingyao
Following comprehensive renovation and refurbishment of a traditional residence, the boutique hotel Jing's Residence has opened in the UNESCO-listed walled city of Pingyao in Shanxi.
Established in the former siheyuan (courtyard home) of a wealthy Qing Dynasty silk merchant, the residence is named after the owner, Yang Jing, and is located in the heart of the old city next to the historic First Armed Escort Agency Compound on East Street. The residence comprises of a series of gray-brick pavilions built around a set of four landscaped courtyards in the traditional architectural style of northern China.
On arrival, guests are escorted directly to their rooms for in-room check in. A functioning fireplace is the main design focus of the lobby that leads to hotel's dining room and a small bar and a library are located on the second floor.
The 19 bedrooms and suites are designed to preserve the spirit of the courtyard mansion while enhancing the facilities to 21st century international standards in a minimalist and contemporary way. Modern functional features in the rooms include Internet access, flat screen TV, and individual bedside reading lights.
Two large suites are located at the back of the residence in accordance with the tradition of locating the most prestigious rooms in the more secluded rear buildings. The 70-square meter suites are on the second level and they benefit from a bird's-eye view over Pingyao's rooftops. Guests can even enjoy this unique view from the bathtub that is strategically placed in the middle of the open-spaced suite and forms an integral part of the design.
For business meetings the residence has a boardroom equipped with the latest in-room technology tailored to the requirements of seminars for up to 15 persons.
In addition to accommodation, Shanxi cuisine and meeting facilities Jing's Residence provides a full array of supporting services including: private cultural and sightseeing tours conducted by scholars, transfers to and from Taiyuan airport and railway station, limousine and coach services, and professional massage.
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