Search the best hotels in Beijing
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, with skyscrapers designed by world-renowned architects springing up close to ancient temples, palaces and brutalist Communist monuments, and the hútòngs, with their seemingly bottomless history of commerce and hospitality, are getting 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. These properties have since had to extend their appeal to compete, and some of them have done 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.
You’ll certainly be kept busy by all that there is to do, so get the accommodation planning out of the way now as the best places to stay in Beijing get quickly booked up.
Where to stay
- Donghuamen Residential District is known for its bustling night market that's an absolute must-visit for all foodies.
- Chaoyang District is home to the city's CBD, as well as featuring the Silk Street Mall and the expansive Sun Park which even has a man-made beach.
- Sanlitun is the ideal place for younger visitors to stay: being known for its wonderful nightlife and great restaurants.
What not to miss
- Beijing is home to no less than six World Heritage Sites: the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Mao’s Mausoleum, the Temple of Heaven, the Peking Man Site and The Great Wall of China.
- The city is home to some fabulous markets: Panjiayuan Antique Market, Wangfujing Street, Pearl Market and Ditan Temple Fair.
- There are also a number of impressive religious sites. Head along to the Lama Temple, Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, or the Hall of Great Harmony.
The best places to stay in Beijing
For Donghuamen Residential District
- 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.
For Chaoyang District
- The Rosewood is a luxurious, 282-room hotel in Beijing’s Central Business District. The rooms are generous in size and the decor is ‘design chic’ with clean lines and modern art. There’s also a great spa and several excellent restaurants.
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.
For an apartment or villa
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- International visitors can fly into the Beijing Capital International Airport before taking the Airport Express Train into the centre of town.
- You're best off visiting in the shoulder season months: April and May, and September and October. The winters are extremely cold and the summers are hot and humid.
- If you'd like to explore the surrounding area then consider hiring a car with Rentalcars.
Still not sure?
Best Hotels in Beijing
The Brickyard Beijing (Beigou Village) 25 rooms from £135
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 Beijing (Chaoyang) 99 rooms from £195
A popular and full-service design hotel located in a high-end shopping area. It’s also a ten minute taxi from Beijing’s historic sights and atmospheric hutongs (traditional alleyways). Sleek and serene, this space is the most welcome haven after a day in Beijing.City Style - A place for those who delight in design. Stylish and sophisticated.Sights nearby - Located within easy access of the impressive Forbidden City.Swimming Pool - Indoor poolDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
The Rosewood Beijing (Chaoyang District) 282 rooms from £197
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 Beijing (DongDan, Dongcheng Qu) 525 rooms from £247
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