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Beijing is a dynamic city, a place strung between its glorious ancient history, its rather dramatic recent history and its ever changing place in the modern world. And now is a great time to visit. There’s a sense of momentum and reinvention and skyscrapers designed by world renowned architects spring up close to ancient temples and palaces and heavy Communist monuments, and the hútòngs, with their seemingly bottomless history of commerce and hospitality, get a hip makeover.
Many of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Beijing were built around the 2008 Olympics, when hundreds of modern rooms went up around the city. This properties have since had to extend their appeal to compete, and some of them have down some very creative things. Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Beijing are all well located, but they’re spread across the city, with some in the Central Business District, some in the shopping district and some closer to the historic sights.
Once you’ve chosen your accommodation you have the even more challenging task of prioritising what you want to see. There’s a lot - six World Heritage Sites! - starting with the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Mao’s Mausoleum, the Temple of Heaven, the hútòngs, the markets and night markets, the parks and the Olympic Park and the Great Wall. And that’s before you visit the theatre, the museums or galleries, or the hundreds of beautiful temples, or start seriously investigating the cuisine. You’ll certainly be kept busy, so get the accommodation planning out of the way now:
The Best Places to Stay in Beijing
- Opposite House is an impressive contemporary hotel in the swanky ‘Village at Sanlitun’ area. There are 99 rooms with plenty of glass and light wood. There are two restaurants and both are worthy of a visit, and you’re quite close to the Forbidden City.
- The Rosewood is a luxurious, 282 room hotel in Beijing’s Central Business District. The rooms are generous size and the decor is ‘design chic’ with clean lines and modern art. There’s also a great spa and several excellent restaurants.
- In the heart of the shopping district, The Peninsula is a vast five star property with 525 elegant, spacious rooms and great views of the city. There are free bikes, a gastronomic restaurant and an excellent spa.
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Best Hotels in Beijing
The Brickyard 25 rooms from $176Beijing (Beigou Village)
Fantastic base for exploring one of the lesser known sections of China's Great Wall. Originally a tile factory, The Brickyard has been sympathetically restored and rooms are smart and comfortable with sit out terraces for soaking up the panoramic views.Sights nearby - This is a particularly good bit of the Great Wall to visit as it is slightly off the beaten trackBack to Nature - No phones or TVs in the rooms, just floor to ceiling window for appreciating the viewSpa - Enjoy a treatment whilst taking in views of the Great WallGreat walks - Both on the Great Wall and in the surrounding countryside
Opposite House 99 rooms from $244Beijing (Chaoyang)
An impressive contemporary design hotel situated in the swanky 'Village at Sanlitun' area. Find simplicity at its best in the rooms that feature glass-fronted walls, plenty of light wood, oak bathtubs and sinks and crisp white linen. Two delectable restaurants are worthy of a visit alone. Fabulous.City Style - A place for those who delight in design. Stylish and sophisticated.Sights nearby - Located within easy access of the impressive Forbidden City.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.SpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
The Rosewood 282 rooms from $257Beijing (Chaoyang District)
An uber luxurious property (its a Rosewood after all) well positioned in the Central Business District. Generously proportioned rooms feature chic design with clean lines, modern art work and crisp white linen. The spa is worthy of a visit alone as are the restaurants. This hotel has it all.City Style - A seriously swish hotel complete with glorious spa and hip nightclub.Sights nearby - The hotel organises trips to the ‘wild’ sections of the Great Wall.Cooking classes - Take a Chinese cooking class with the highly qualified hotel chefs.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Peninsula 525 rooms from $322Beijing (DongDan, Dongcheng Qu)
The Peninsula, located in Beijing's Wangfujing Shopping District, offers 5* contemporary accommodation. Their elegant and spacious rooms boast wonderful city views and the gastronomic Jing restaurant is a must-visit. The ideal spot for business or leisure-an incredibly classy and upmarket city stay!City Style - Situated in Beijing's Wangfujing Shopping District, The Peninsula is the perfect base from which to get to know the cityTotal relaxation - After a busy day sightseeing unwind in the sauna or book yourself a massage to truly relaxLocal exploring - Make use of the free bikes to head off and see all that the city has to offerSights nearby - Wander over to Tiananman Square or go visit the iconic Great Wall of ChinaRecommended by - Tablet