Luxury Beijing hotel offers guided tour of city’s contemporary art scene with Tom Pattinson
The St. Regis Beijing has launched an exclusive St. Regis Aficionado art tour of the ancient city for guests with renowned British art expert and Beijing resident Tom Pattinson. Home to the 60-year-old 798 Art District and China’s first private contemporary art gallery, Beijing is a haven for those who want to indulge in their passions for art and culture.
Founder of SURGE Art Tom Pattinson brings his wealth of artistic experience as former editor-in-chief of Time Out Beijing, and curator of many leading exhibitions, and is inviting St. Regis Beijing guests to join him on this rare insider art immersion.
Beginning at the St. Regis Beijing, the tour firstly visits Red Gate Gallery. Located in a 15th century watchtower, the gallery represents 20 artists and showcases monthly exhibitions. Guests have the opportunity to meet with the gallery’s founder and director, to hear about the history of China’s first private contemporary art gallery.
Tom then whisks guests to the 798 Art District before personally introducing them to curators and gallery directors, who explore the exhibitions in major galleries including the Long March Space, Gallery Yang and the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art. After a private lunch, nearby artists welcome guests to their studios in nearby art communities where they explain thoughts and ideas behind their works.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts signature Aficionado programme offers exclusive experiences and unprecedented access to some of the world’s most interesting and alluring attractions and events. Guests of the St. Regis Beijing gain access to once-in-a-lifetime cultural experiences, paired with a luxurious stay at the best address in the city.
Superbly situated at the heart of Beijing’s business, shopping and diplomatic districts, the St Regis Beijing allows visitors to enjoy both the buzz of the city and the relaxing, luxurious surroundings of the hotel. The famous St. Regis Butler Service, available 24 hours a day, assures every preference is known and guests can enjoy spacious marble bathrooms, gorgeous gardens and stunning city views. Within walking distance of the hotel, guests can discover the city’s vibrant Silk Market, as well as the iconic Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
The hotel’s elegantly appointed Chinese restaurant Celestial Court serves authentic cuisine from southern China. At the end of the day, guests can unwind in the luxurious confines of the hotel’s 1,500 sqm Iridium Spa, uniquely situated on natural hot springs, which flow through a special filter into luxurious Jacuzzis. Signature treatments include a Natural Hot Spring Vichy Shower and a Natural Hot Spring Aroma Bath Ritual.
Guests can enjoy A Guided Tour of Beijing’s Contemporary Art experience with Tom Pattinson for CNY16,580 (£1,712) in a Statesman Suite, or CNY 17,500 (£1,806) in a St. Regis Suite. This includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast and the full-day tour with Tom Pattinson.