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.

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

The opulence that greeted guests when the Pen opened more than two decades ago—the sweeping Busby Berkeley–style marble staircase and luxury boutiques—still exists, but a 2004 renovation brought a sleek modernity to all 525 of its rooms.

Magnolia B&B is ideal for those seeking authenticity, charm and convenience. It occupies a 1927 lanehouse on Yanqing Road, which is bursting with local color and close to all of the action. Massages, markets, boutiques, malls, subways are all within a few blocks away.

Les Suites Orient is the more affordable option for an elegant stay on the Bund. Totally gorgeous and underrated, this Taiwanese hotel has only 168 rooms and is tastefully decorated with Asian art, books, and antiques, making it feel more like a boutique hotel.

If you’re looking for a spacious, clean room in the historic heart of the city, then Jin Jiang is an affordable option. What you’re paying for here is a little extra legroom, a dash of history, and an unbeatable location.

This designer boutique hotel is a hidden gem that’s just a short walk away from Xintiandi. Large rooms overlooking historic Fuxing Park cost just a fraction of what nearby hotels charge.

Quintet is a quaint guesthouse in an 1930s home in the French Concession. With only six rooms spaced out over three-stories, this B&B has a truly intimate, welcoming feel.

This haute hotel opened in 2013 as part of the Kerry Center, a bustling two-block complex with shopping, entertainment and dining—and it delivers luxury to the max right in the heart of the city.

Hidden down a lane off of historic Huashan Road, Le Sun Chine is a boutique hotel housed in the former residence of a prestigious local family. The restored 1930s estate has well-appointed, homey suites brimming with turn-of-the-century charm. Each suite has unique décor.

The historical setting and old-world glamour of the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund make for an incredibly romantic experience. Couples eager to splash out can splurge on a night in one of the 20 luxurious suites in the century-old, immaculately restored Heritage Building.

Just a two-hour’s drive from Shanghai, this deluxe eco-resort high in the bamboo hills of Moganshan is a favorite for couples wanting a romantic weekend escape.

When people think of romantic hotels, the Southeast Asian resort and spa chain Banyan Tree immediately comes to mind. Luckily for couples in Shanghai, the world-class brand opened a luxurious urban oasis in late 2012.

Another sky-high luxury hotel, The Ritz Carlton Pudong occupies the top 18 floors of the swanky IFC shopping mall. Guests taking the lift up to the lobby get a hint of the luxury to come, even the elevators are wallpapered in ruby red exotic stingray skins.