Beijing

Hotels in Beijing

Beijing’s hotels are largely luxury or boutique format, with massive high-rise accommodations or small-scale courtyard spots. Grand Hotel Beijing certainly has the appearance to match its title. Its ancient and artful design reflects the hotel’s view, which is over the Forbidden City itself. It is just steps away from Tiananmen Square and offers modern luxuries with an indoor pool and gourmet cuisine at restaurants on-site. The Regent Bejing is one of the best hotels in Beijing and offers 500 rooms with five-star facilities and accommodations. The hotel is less than a mile from the Forbidden City and right along the central shopping street.

Hotel Kunlun is located in Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD) and overlooks the scene Liangma River. The restaurants in the hotel serve Sichuan cuisine, as well as Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and Japanese. Radegast Lake View Hotel Beijing has elegant rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the city or Longtan Lake. It’s also only a 10-minute drive from the Temple of Heaven, a historical site that is worth the trip.

This happy little courtyard hotel charms guests the moment they walk through the traditional red-lacquered gate.

The exterior of this Dongcheng neighborhood boutique has a lattice pattern. When lit up at night, it resembles a giant lantern, one of the traditional Chinese elements that are strongly represented in the design of this 89-room hotel.

Hidden down a quiet alleyway in the clubby Sanlitun neighborhood, the hotel mixes Hollywood glamour and Art Deco touches: in the 110 plum-hued rooms, sexy black-and-white photographs hang on concrete walls stenciled with damask motifs (request a room on the ninth floor for sweeping skyline views)

One of the Ritz-Carlton’s new-look hotels, this funky, modern Financial Street outpost bears no traces of the chain’s signature country-estate grandeur.

A short stroll from the Forbidden City, the Emperor is a contemporary homage to its 600-year-old neighbor. Designs on the suede walls and etched-glass bathrooms echo the sloped-roof silhouettes of the Imperial Palace, and the rooftop Yin bar has impressive views of the royal grounds.

The eagerly anticipated Mandarin Oriental, Beijing, in a dramatically angled tower within the Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren–designed CCTV complex, is slated for completion in 2008.

The charming hotel is located in a small hutong near the Jiugulou subway stop.

A serene 278-room hotel in the bustling Central Business District, resides in the top 18 floors of Beijing’s tallest building. Views extend from the Rem Koolhaas–designed CCTV tower to the golden rooftops of the Forbidden City and beyond.

It’s all about location at this five-star business hotel near the center of Beijing. The 19-floor business and meeting hotel has 293 guest rooms, 75 apartments, and office space, all within a few minutes of the airport and railway and subway stations.

Located in the Dongsi historic district, this restored boutique hotel includes five rooms surrounding a small courtyard like a traditional siheyuan, a type of residence common to Beijing with a specific design-style.

Book one of the 2010-opened Gold Rooms, where bathrooms now have oversize bathtubs, heated floors, and over-the-top, 24-karat-gold rain showerheads.

The madness of Beijing is tamed by the serene Old-World comfort of this 17-story hotel in China Central Place, a coveted shopping and residential development east of the city's business district.  Muted floral wallpaper and color schemes of mint, gold, and rose add a soothing feminine compliment

Multiple buildings surround a quadrangle in this courtyard-style Dongcheng neighborhood hotel, which is down an ancient alley, or hutong. Buildings dating from dynasties pastincluding Qing, Yuan, and Mingare scattered around it.

The first boutique hotel in Beijing's edgy 798 Art District, an enclave of galleries in former factory buildings. Work by notable locals such as photographer Chi Peng is on view in the 30 gray-walled guest rooms.