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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

209-room Imperial-style hotel adjacent to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

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.

Formerly the Regent Shanghai, the Longemont hotel rises 53 stories above the Changning district, just 10 minutes from the Bund. Inside, huge white columns and a spiral staircase create a sense of drama in the high-ceilinged lobby.

All 1,171 guest rooms at this hotel, linked to the airport via pedestrian bridge, are comfortably appointed with down duvets, stylish décor, and dramatic runway views—but you don’t have to be a guest to take advantage of its indoor and outdoor pools, spa, or steam room and sauna.

Inspired by China’s imperial palaces (lacquered red pillars; gold bamboo panels; crystal chandeliers), with escalator access to one of the city’s most upscale shopping malls. 

Since 1928, this Hong Kong institution has defined the luxury hotel experience, and although certain kinds of travelers (especially lovers of sleek, high-tech minimalism) may find the Peninsula too old-world, there’s no denying it’s a serious class act.