Temple Hotel in Beijing offers a truly unique boutique hotel luxury experience amidst centuries worth of history, art and architectural treasures. It is the brainchild of Belgian businessman Juan van Wassenhove who found local partners and investors to painstakingly restore the beautiful natural features of the Qing Dynasty Zhizhusi Tibetan Temple like intricate woodwork, ceiling frescoes, and ancient Sanskrit paintings.
Today, many contemporary artworks, including nifty Wang Shugang installations and the only James Turrell installation in China, seamlessly blends with the antique temple features, creating a very serene art-filled ambiance which is a rare find within the bustling city. Monk’cs chambers and the old TV factory wing have been redesigned as guest rooms and there are a total of 8 stylish accommodations that have state of the art amenities like heated floors, lattice double glazed windows, iPads, docking stations, Nespresso machines, communist-style custom-made desks and chairs, and antique opium beds – a perfect mixture of the old and the new!
Although the usual hotel amenities like a spa or pool is not present, the abundance of art alone in the hotel’s gallery plus the presence of a lovely French restaurant by Belgian chef Ignace Lecleir lures local and international guests. The temple’s main hall is where cultural events and film screenings are held. The hotel’s sleek bar and lounge is also a local hotspot, especially for expats, who enjoy the serene atmosphere with modern jazz playing in the background.