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It List - The Best New Hotels: East

Courtesy of East Beijing

City: East, Beijing

If Beijing is China’s creative hub, this new hotel embodies that ethos perfectly. Step inside the 25-story glass tower, in the city’s Chaoyang business district, and you’ll find a young staff in hoodies, a bar with a foosball table, and a media center that operates more like a corner café. That’s where tech entrepreneurs and young movers and shakers mingle over made-to-order lattes. This plugged-in approach is in keeping with the growing Swire Hotels group’s other stylish properties in China. Here, the 369 sleek guest rooms have muted hues and Bose sound systems; downstairs, there’s a standout Japanese restaurant and a lounge with live music and 180 premium whiskeys. east-beijing.com. $

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