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.

Beijing’s toniest hotel became even tonier in 2008, thanks to a $27 million refurbishment.

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.

328 rooms (which are some of the largest in the city) with Chinese art and ceramics; hotel butlers are trained as both city guides and translators.

The city’s famous Cathay Hotel was renamed the Peace Hotel in 1956, and in 2010 was taken over by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

This luxury business hotel in the Chaoyang district provides a center for work or play. Outside, the main entrance with a fountain sets a grand tone, and the lobby opens up to two stories with a circular staircase and five reception desks.

Located on Kowloon’s Golden Mile, a major shopping thoroughfare, this 15-story hotel is within a five-minute walk of the Jordan railway station, as well as tourist attractions like the Temple Street Night Market.

Muted spa-like rooms (blond-wood furniture; white leather sofas) atop a 66-story skyscraper—the tallest on Chang’an Avenue. 

Popular business hotel in Pacific Place with newly redone guest rooms and the largest-capacity ballroom in town.

Room to Book: Premier rooms with a mountain or harbor view.

When it opened, 1,358 foot-tall the Park Hyatt Shanghai stole the title of world's tallest hotel (from its sister property across the street, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai).

Italianate grandeur is the aesthetic of choice at this Kowloon property, set a few blocks away from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront (with its Star Ferry dock and hulking Harbour Plaza shopping center).

One of the world’s tallest hotels, this property (which occupies floors 53–87) also has a rooftop bar and an Art Deco–meets–Chinese aesthetic. 

Room to Book: Ask for a river-facing room for views of the Huangpu.

Doubles from $468.

Three-year-old hotel with a soaring lobby atrium, 20 minutes by car from the airport—closer than most.

Since it opened in March 2005, the glass-and-steel Langham Place, designed by the same team behind Tokyo's Roppongi Hills complex, has quietly become the city's hidden gem.

Stunning views and sleek design; a favorite of business travelers to Hong Kong, as it’s connected to the convention center. 

Though the name sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, the Cyberport is a group of buildings in the Western District created to serve as a center for ICT (information and communications technology.) A key part of the high-tech collaboration center is this contemporary, 173-room high-rise hote