China

Hotels in China

Housed in a pair of blue-glass towers, the Shanghai JC Mandarin hotel is located in the Nanjing Road shopping district, just across the street from Plaza 66. Inside the lobby, a five-story mural of Admiral Zheng Ho—a 14th-century seafarer—is surrounded by gold-foiled images of the sun and sea.

Although it’s only a few hours from the city, this villa hotel near the Great Wall feels a world away. This peaceful eco-ranch in the Huairou Mountains offers ten villas for rent, each decorated with the tastes of Manchuria, China, and Tibet.

372 spacious, wood-accented rooms. Tech amenities include smart phones with free instant messaging and a lobby bar filled with Macs and PC's.

The infinity pool on the terrace of the new $12,468-a-night Presidential Suite at the InterContinental appears to share water with Victoria Harbour.

A 26-story property in the heart of China’s busiest metropolis doesn’t normally bring to mind tranquillity, but PuLi’s black tile-floored lobby offers instant serenity—as do the 229 rooms and suites in gray Shanghainese brick and tables topped with slate-colored inkstone.

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.

Over-the-top opulence reigns at this vaunted, century-old hotel—which is, appropriately, closer than any other to Beijing’s singularly grand Forbidden City.

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

The 278-room property overlooks Xuanwu Lake.

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.

Brand new in 2005, this 399-room waterfront property has a gargantuan, decadent spa (try a Chinese Wellness Ritual, which begins with a tea ceremony and includes a scrub and a massage), and spacious rooms and suites (the smallest of which are about 500 square feet).

A mile from Tiananmen Square, with 500 streamlined rooms, top service (waiters remember how you take your coffee), and an indoor pool. 

Room to Book: Deluxe rooms with Forbidden City views are rooms 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, and 20 on the fifteenth and sixteenth floors.