Beijing — China’s second-largest city, and the country’s cultural and political center—has undergone vast modernization in the past decade. A trip to the city today might include visits to traditional teahouses, imperial gardens, and centuries-old sites of religious worship, but at the same time, the city’s clubs, high-end restaurants, and shopping malls are just as popular. Because of this unique blend of old and new, Beijing has emerged as one of China’s most dynamic, must-visit destinations for tourists — and now has a wealth of options for where to stay.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. In the hotels category, readers rated properties on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value. Properties were categorized as city or resort based on their locations.
As our readers told us over and over again, location is the most important factor for the best Beijing hotels. In a city filled with bustling markets, timeworn hutongs (more on those here), and modern constructions like the National Stadium — why would you want to be anywhere but in the center of it all?
This year’s winner, The Opposite House, got top marks for being located in the Chaoyang District, which is well known for its shopping and bars. What else made this property soar to the top of the list? Excellent food; as one voter wrote, “the best Peking duck in the world — literally,” as well as an attentive staff and stylish, contemporary design.
Regent Beijing, another property that placed near the top of the list, was hailed for its fantastic location, "within walking distance to all the major sights and shopping,” and proximity to the subway. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street, also got praise for being “in the middle of everything,” “adjacent to a high-end mall,” and “convenient for the airport.”