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15 Best Hotels in Beijing

The Chinese capital is filled with over 6,000 different hotel choices. Visitors wondering where to stay in Beijing have a few main areas to choose from. The best hotels in Beijing for tourists are probably those around Wangfujing and the area around the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Business travelers may want to be close to the Chaoyang District and the city's CBD. Another good area is Qianmen, an area of the city that retains a lot of historic architecture.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Beijing

1. The Peninsula Beijing

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When it opened in 1989, this all-suite, 5-star luxury hotel led the way to Beijing (and China) becoming a true international luxury travel destination. It combines stylish, sumptuous accommodations with warm, personal service, all delivered in a central location in the heart of the historic old city. The hotel is in Wangfujing, and there is great shopping within walking distance. You can also walk to the Forbidden City.

The suites give you a lot of living space, and most feel more like upscale apartments. Design is very modern with a lot of Chinese influences. There's a full-service spa, a large fitness center, and an indoor heated pool. Trainers are available, and regular classes are given for pilates, yoga, and circuit training.

The Peninsula has two restaurants: Jing has a contemporary French menu, and Huang Ting offers traditional Cantonese cuisine. Food (and one of the city's best afternoon teas) is also served in the luxurious lobby. The hotel has (as do other Peninsula hotels) the Peninsula Academy, where guests can immerse themselves in local culture. You can learn to make dumplings with the hotel chef, get an introduction to kung fu with a master, or take a modern art tour of the city's galleries and studios.

Address: 8 Jinyu Hutong, Dong Dan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: The Peninsula Beijing

2. Kerry Hotel Beijing

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Kerry Hotels are a part of Shangri-La Hotels and offer a casual, feature-filled luxury hotel experience. The Kerry Beijing presents itself as a sanctuary from the energy of China's capital city.

Rooms and suites have a light, modern design and are filled with features and amenities. There's a lot of polished wood surfaces with light tones, and most have great city views. Bathrooms are large and filled with marble, there's a separate tub and shower. Little touches like a duvet and pillow menu add to the experience.

Kerry's Kitchen is the hotel's buffet restaurant-a mix of Asian and Western cuisine is served all day, buffet-style. Kerry's Pantry is a little deli gourmet sandwich shop, and The Horizon is the Kerry's fine-dining Chinese restaurant.

More than a fitness center, the Kerry has a large, multi-level health club with a tennis/basketball court, sauna, steam rooms, an indoor pool, and an outdoor jogging track. For families traveling with children, there's also a large Adventure Zone play area for kids. The Kerry Beijing is on the Third Ring Road in the heart of the CBD area.

Address: 1 Guanghua Rd, Guo Mao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: Kerry Hotel Beijing

3. Shangri-La's China World Hotel

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This luxury hotel in the CBD is also a Shangri-La property. It's part of the development that houses the China World Mall, one of Beijing's largest (the mall has movie theaters, shopping, over 90 restaurants, and an indoor skating rink).

There are 584 guest rooms, all with city views. It's worth it to book a room on the hotel's Horizon Club floors, as they're larger, nicer, and come with a range of amenities and convenient benefits. Horizon Club guests get lounge access (which serves several meals a day and offers private check-in/out).

The China World Hotel has a massive health club with state-of-the-art equipment like a climbing wall and a core-building surfing machine. It also has a squash court, table tennis room, and tennis court. Aria is the hotel's fine-dining restaurant; it's joined by an all-day dining cafe with a range of buffets, a bakery, cake shop, and the fine-dining Summer Palace.

Address: 1 Jianguomen Outer St, Jian Wai Da Jie, Chaoyang Qu

Accommodation: Shangri-La's China World Hotel

4. Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

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Certainly one of the best hotels in the Chaoyang District, in the Yansha area of the CBD, is the Four Seasons Beijing. The hotel is very modern-400 stainless steel butterflies greet you from a 20-story wall in the atrium lobby. Rooms are very contemporary in style, with classic luxury touches like mahogany furniture, abstract art, and Asian-influenced millwork. Bathrooms are marble and offer a spa-like experience in your own room, with oversized soaking tubs, rain showers, and premium amenities.

Cai Yi Xuan is the hotel's upscale Cantonese restaurant, and Mio is its fine-dining Italian spot. There's a chef's table where cooking techniques are displayed as part of the meal experience and a large all-day-dining and buffet cafe called Opus (they have a great Sunday brunch). The hotel has a beautiful and serene tea garden, where afternoon tea is served.

Guests can enjoy a 66-foot-long, sun-lit indoor swimming pool with an adjacent whirlpool or work out in the very well-equipped fitness center. The wellness-focused spa uses a range of traditional healing techniques in its treatments including Imperial Chinese and sacred Hawaiian treatments.

Address: 48 Liangmaqiao Rd, San Yuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

5. Waldorf Astoria Beijing

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This newly opened luxury hotel offers the total 5-star package Waldorf properties are known for. This is one of the best luxury hotels for tourists in Beijing, as it's quite easy to walk to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The hotel is in the Wangfujing area, which has some excellent shopping and a popular night market. Even the CBD is only about 10 minutes by car or metro.

Rooms and suites exude modern luxury. There are only 171 rooms, so you get an almost boutique hotel experience. Be sure to check out the hotel's Ming Dynasty-inspired Hutong Courtyard, a recreation of a traditional Beijing neighborhood. Like every Waldorf Astoria, there's a grand Peacock Alley flowing through the large lobby. It's a great place for afternoon tea.

For extra privacy and luxury, the hotel's Hutong Studios and Villa accommodations are in a separate part of the building with its own entrance. The Waldorf Astoria Spa is all about wellness and beauty, with treatments and therapies that blend ancient Chinese philosophies with modern techniques.

You won't go hungry at the Waldorf, there's a modern French restaurant called Brasserie 1893 and a Cantonese restaurant called Zijin Mansion. Make sure to pick up something sweet to enjoy in your room at the hotel's patisserie.

Address: 5-15 Jinyu Hutong, Dong Dan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Beijing

6. The Great Wall Hotel Beijing

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This large, 829-room Sheraton property puts you adjacent to both the Central Business District and the Embassy District; it's also only 20 minutes from PEK. The rooms feature Sheraton's Sweet Sleeper luxury beds, along with luxury touches like fancy bathroom amenities, plush robes, and slippers.

Aside from standard rooms, the hotel has rooms and suites on an executive level floor, two corporate level floors, two Starwood Preferred Guest floors, and two premier floors. Executive and Premier-level guests have lounges on their floors with food and other amenities.

Dining options are varied: they include Silk Road, with a Western and Asian menu; a French restaurant; and Yuntai, a Cantonese/Szechuan restaurant on the 21st floor. Food is also served in the lobby and in the building's airy atrium. The hotel has a large gym, an indoor lap pool, a sauna, and a small spa with a few treatment rooms.

Address: 10 E 3rd Ring Rd N, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing

Best Boutique Hotels in Beijing

Beijing has a lot of luxury hotels, but the majority of them have more than 500 rooms. Boutique hotels have fewer rooms and provide a more personal, unique guest experience. Couples looking for a romantic getaway should also consider a boutique hotel. Many showcase their local neighborhood and the city's culture more than a corporate property can.

1. Rosewood Beijing

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The Rosewood is another luxury hotel in the Chaoyang District of the Central Business District. It's right across from the city's iconic CCTV Tower. There are 283 rooms and suites; they all have residential-style layouts and feel more like luxury apartments than hotel rooms. Finishes are natural and elegant with a lot of wood and brown tones. The accommodations are large, some of the largest hotel rooms in Beijing, joined with big, luxurious, marble bathrooms.

The Rosewood has a spa, which is connected to a full gym with a sauna and steam room. There's an indoor pool and a yoga studio with regular classes. Dining options include a French bistro, a very popular hot pot restaurant, a modern Northern Chinese restaurant, a Cantonese restaurant (with great dim sum), and a tapas bar with live music.

Rosewood hotels are luxury boutique hotels that strive for a personal, residential experience. They started in the US; the first property was the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas.

Address: Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Accommodation: Rosewood Beijing

2. Beijing Jianguo Hotel

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Known as the only garden hotel in the Central Business District of Beijing, the Jianguo Hotel offers a green oasis for visitors. The hotel is made up of low-rise buildings, which surround a garden courtyard. There are business rooms (basic), executive rooms (upgraded furniture and amenities), and garden rooms (featuring a private terrace).

The Jianguo is home to Justine's, one of the best French restaurants in Beijing, serving diners for over 30 years. There's also a Justine's Patisserie to feed your sweet tooth and a buffet cafe and Chinese restaurant with a Cantonese menu (and excellent dim sum).

Address: 5 Jianguomen Outer St, Jian Wai Da Jie, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: Beijing Jianguo Hotel

3. The Bvlgari Hotel Beijing

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This urban luxury resort can be considered a boutique hotel, as it only has 119 rooms and suites. The Bvlgari Hotel is an ultra-luxury property in the city's Embassy District, adjacent to the Genesis Art Foundation and museum. It's a true riverside city oasis, surrounded by lush, walkway-filled gardens, including a private park. It's very easy to lose yourself and escape the frenetic energy of Beijing within this peaceful sanctuary.

Rooms and suites are like Italian luxury apartments, showcasing the best in Italian furniture, accessories, and linens. There's a large, luxurious spa and a full fitness center (with personal trainers and the latest body sculpting equipment) with a large indoor pool. The spa (which of course features Bvlgari products) has a beauty salon and offers a wide range of treatments for the body and mind. The hotel has a 70-seat Italian restaurant, named for their Michelin-starred chef, Niko Romito.

Address: Building 2 Courtyard No. 8 Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Accommodation: The Bvlgari Hotel Beijing

4. Cours et Pavillons

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Probably Beijing's coolest boutique hotel, Cours et Pavilions is made from two large traditional hutongs (Chinese houses) and has only seven rooms. The entire hotel is like a museum, but everything has been lovingly restored to modern luxury standards. Rooms are very large with a traditional Chinese design, enhanced with modern and antique accents and artwork. The rooms come with huge spa-like bathrooms with big soaking tubs.

The hotel is within one of Beijing's few remaining traditional hutong neighborhoods, perfect for exploring on foot. It's also near Jingshan Park, which is great for people watching. Even though there are only seven rooms, Cours et Pavilions has two restaurants. There's a modern French restaurant open to the public and an intimate Chinese fine-dining restaurant for hotel guests only. Room rates include breakfast, Wi-Fi, airport transfers, and a complimentary minibar.

Address: No.26 Weijia Hutong, Beijing

Accommodation: Cours et Pavillons

5. PuXuan Hotel and Spa

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This luxury, boutique design hotel offers ultra-modern design and architecture in the historic neighborhood of Wangfujing, close to the Forbidden City. Some of the rooms and suites even have sweeping views over the former royal compound.

There are only 116 rooms, and they feature natural finishes and textures like wood and leather. All are light-filled. Additional touches like electronic lighting, 500-thread-count linens, and an integrated high fidelity audio-video system add to the luxurious experience of staying at the PuXuan.

Rive Gauche is the hotel's modern French brasserie, and Fu Chun Ju is its Chinese/Cantonese restaurant. Breakfast and food throughout the day is also served in the spacious lobby. The hotel also has a formal tea room where tea tastings, ceremonies, and workshops are offered.

Aside from the luxurious accommodations and excellent service, the hotel also embraces a more personal, "no fine print" experience. They have 24-hour check-in and checkout, a complimentary minibar, free local calls, free pressing service, free,Wi-Fi, breakfast for two (in the restaurant, in your room, or to-go), and no checkout required.

Address: No.1 WangFuJing Street, Beijing

Accommodation: PuXuan Hotel and Spa

Best Airport Hotels in Beijing

Beijing's PEK airport serves as a transit point for many passengers flying on to other Asian cities. Sometimes a long layover, an early departure, or a late arrival make a stay at one of the city's airport hotels a good idea.

1. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport

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This airport hotel is only five minutes from the terminal (and the main rail link). Rooms and suites have sound-proofed, floor-to-ceiling windows and blackout curtains to ensure a peaceful stay. All the accommodations have full-size bathtubs with separate rain showers. Guests can enjoy a large indoor pool, fitness center, and sauna, all open 24 hours.

The hotel has four restaurants offering different types of cuisine and 24-hour room service. There's a free airport shuttle that runs 24 hours a day, every 20 minutes. Downtown Beijing and tourist sites like the Forbidden City are a 40-minute drive. The Great Wall of China is also about a 40-minute drive (in the opposite direction) from the hotel.

Address: 1 Sanjing Rd, Shunyi Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: Hilton Beijing Capital Airport

2. Cordis, Beijing Capital Airport by Langham Hospitality Group

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This hotel has a long name but quite simply offers a modern, luxurious, boutique, business hotel experience only minutes from PEK. It's right next to the newly opened Terminal 3, and there's a free shuttle that operates 24 hours a day. They even have a flight display board in the lobby.

The public spaces and the 262 rooms and suites have a light, ultra-modern, minimalist style with a lot of white surfaces. The rooms have Langham's signature Dream Beds and other goodies like big TCL smart LED TVs, a pillow menu, and iHome Bluetooth music players. Bathrooms are luxurious with separate bathtubs and rain showers.

This airport hotel has some great dining, with Ming Court, a satellite location of the Michelin-starred Hong Kong restaurant, as well as a market and buffet cafe. There's also a lobby deli that has pastries, coffee, sandwiches, and to-go meals. You can also order room service 24 hours-a-day.

Address: 1 Yijing Rd, Shunyi Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: Cordis, Beijing Capital Airport by Langham Hospitality Group

Best Hotels near the Forbidden City

Formerly the royal palace compound accessible only to the Emperor and his court, the Forbidden City is probably Beijing's most popular tourist attraction. There are many hotels near the Forbidden City and in the adjacent Wangfujing District.

1. Sunworld Hotel Beijing

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This cheap hotel is in the Beijing city center and offers good service and good value. The big draw here is the location, you can walk to the Wangfujing shopping area and night market, and it's also near the Forbidden City.

There are 308 rooms and suites. Rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, refrigerators, and complimentary bottled water. Inside the hotel, there's a buffet cafe and one of the city's most popular hot pot spots. In the basement there's a small spa with a sauna and five treatment/massage rooms. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's fitness center.

Address: 88 Dengshikou St, Dong Dan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing

Accommodation: Sunworld Hotel Beijing

2. Ascott Raffles City Beijing

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This residential hotel is only about a 10-minute walk from the Forbidden City in the Dongzhimen area. It's right near the Gui Jie Ghost Street, filled with food stands open 24 hours. You can stay for a night or long-term; the units are apartments with kitchenettes, dining areas, and even a washer and dryer.

You get hotel amenities like daily maid service, a concierge, and, of course, a 24-hour staffed front desk. There's a large gym with a sauna and a heated indoor pool with a Jacuzzi. You'll need to use your kitchen, as there's no restaurant or food service.

Address: 1-2 Dongzhimen S Street, Dong Zhi Men, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi

Accommodation: Ascott Raffles City Beijing

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