China

Hotels in China

For decades, hotels in China outside of Hong Kong could be rough going. Today, however, Beijing and Shanghai are home to some of the best hotels in China and secondary cities are seeing a boom in hotel growth as well. The Peninsula, which had been a reliable Beijing mainstay, raised the bar along with many other China hotels a decade ago. Its 2004 renovation brought some pizzazz to the 525 rooms, now outfitted with all the latest tech amenities. The Pudong Shangri-La exemplifies the energy of Shanghai today, with 952 rooms in the soaring modernist twin towers. It got the official seal of approval as one of Yin Mao's favorite hotels in China when he tied the knot here in 2007.  

Beyond the country's popular urban centers of Beijing and Shanghai, it's hard to keep up with the five-star hotels and resorts with hundreds of rooms as well as smaller more quirky properties that are opening. The 47-room Amanyfayun, near Hangzhou, is designed like a Chinese village surrounded by fields of tea.

Just a block south of Nanjing Road in the heart of downtown, this 37-floor luxury tower sits snuggled among similarly soaring office buildings.

In the open three-story lobby, a set of gold escalators flanked by enormous white columns lead up to the reception desk at this hotel, one of multiple Metropark hotels across Hong Kong.

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.

Set along the dramatic limestone peaks of Guilin within a contemporary sculpture park, the recently revamped, 46-room hotel resembles a grass-covered pyramid.

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

Marriott’s 658-room luxury property, which opened in January 2009 adjacent to the AsiaWorld-Expo, provides guests with an opulent overnight option just moments (on the Airport Express line) from the airport.

This 1,600-foot-tall design juggernaut claimed the title of world's highest hotel when it opened on floors 102 to 118 of Kowloon's International Commerce Center in March 2011.

More pied-à-terre than hotel, this contemporary-style 117-room property in a Central tower is all about subtle details. Although the look is minimalist, there's nothing pared-down about the quality of the materials or the size of the rooms—the smallest is 730 square feet.

Boutique-ish and quirky, this sliver of a building with just 64 rooms is tucked away down a dead-end back street in Tsim Sha Tsui East. Don’t let the unprepossessing surroundings put you off, though; the neighborhood, while a little gritty-looking, is perfectly safe.

This enormous, curved glass tower just a stone’s throw from the shops of Wangfujing has a lot going for it: super-solicitous service; excellent in-house dining and entertainment; and the most outrageously over-the-top indoor “urban resort” in the city—the 4,921-square-foot Club Oasis, where a vas

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.

A master of luxe hospitality, Peninsula Hotels chairman Michael Kadoorie spent his childhood in Shanghai. So the March 2010 premiere of his ninth property, the Peninsula Shanghai, was a homecoming of sorts.