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Many people visit the Chinese city of Beijing as a starting point to exploring other parts of China or to hike along the Great Wall. But of course, there are also lots of historical and cultural attractions to make an entire trip out of just spending time in Beijing as well. Regardless of what your travel goals are, you’re going to need a great place to stay in the city to see the sights and be in the middle of all the action. Here are our top picks for Beijing hotels for your next trip to China.
The Rosewood is a high-end luxury hotel in Beijing that’s always a popular choice among tourists. This hotel is in the city’s Central Business District, across from the CCTV tower and surrounded by skyscrapers all around. There are 282 luxury rooms and suites here with spacious bathrooms, Oriental aesthetics, and walk-in closets. You’ll also find original cloisonné paintings and fine art prints in the rooms. For dining, the Bistrot B is a French bistro, Red Bowl is a hot pot restaurant, Country Kitchen serves Northern Chinese and Beijing cuisine, and the House of Dynasties serves Cantonese cuisine. You can also stop by Mei for cocktails and tapas and the Bistrot B Lounge for afternoon tea and pastries. There’s an upscale spa onsite as well with six treatment rooms with balconies and two spa suites where you can stay overnight and truly indulge.
With a contemporary glass building and an upscale vibe, the Opposite House was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It has 99 rooms for guests to stay in and has four modern restaurants and bars. This is a pet-friendly hotel with pet packages that include a pet tent, pet beauty services, personal dog walking services, and daily breakfast for two people. Jing Yaa Tang is an onsite restaurant that serves classic dishes, like Beijing roast duck. You can also experience Mediterranean flavors at Sureno or dine in a family-friendly atmosphere at the Village Café. For cocktails, head to Mesh, the hotel’s contemporary lounge. Guests can also take a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool, work out at the gym, and relax in the steam room. The gym is open from 6am to 10pm daily, and the 22-meter pool has a peaceful ambiance.
With lovely courtyards and pavilions, the Aman Summer Place makes a truly memorable place to stay when you visit Beijing. You’ll be just a few steps away from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds when you stay in one of the 51 rooms and suites here. Guests enjoy herbal body treatments, daily Tai Chi, and Chinese massage at the spa. And it feels more like a traditional Chinese village set among the forest than a hotel when you stay here. The Ming Dynasty-inspired Chinese Restaurant serves Imperial and Cantonese dishes, and you can also enjoy French-Japanese fusion dishes onsite. This is a great place to try classic Peking duck or Szechuan chicken. Meanwhile, the spa spans two levels, nine double treatment rooms, and has a yoga/Pilates studio with natural light.
This hotel is located in the China World Trade Center complex, making it a popular place to stay among business travelers. It features a creative co-working hub called Prototype, a two-level fitness center, fast and free Wi-Fi, a gastropub with a beer brewery, and all-day dining at San Wu Tang. There are 450 modern rooms and suites here with loft-inspired designs and high-tech features. Traditional Beijing dishes and Asian favorites are served at the restaurant, and the Beersmith Gastropub is a great place to try locally handcrafted beer. To keep up with your workouts, head to the 3,500-square-meter gym with a boxing ring, spinning studio, and 25-meter indoor pool.
Beijing’s Peninsula hotel is located in the Wangfujing District and provides highly rated all-suite accommodations. You’ll find art made by Chinese artists throughout the hotel when you stay at one of the 230 suites here. This is the only all-suite hotel in Beijing, and the suites start at 60 square meters and larger. The onsite Jing Restaurant serves farm-to-table traditional dishes with Western influences for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Huang Ting serves Cantonese cuisine, all-day dining is available in the lobby, and room service is an option too. The Peninsula Spa is open from 10am to 11pm, there’s a 24-hour fitness center for working out, and also an indoor pool that’s great for swimming laps year-around.
For a relaxing retreat during your stay in Beijing, consider booking a room at the Vue Hotel Houhai, which is set along Houhai Lake in a luscious park area. There are 80 rooms and suites here, many of which have private terraces and views of the park and lake. Guests enjoy spacious bathrooms, 600-thread-count sheets, and room-wide Bluetooth audio systems. The Pink Rabbit is the hotel’s flagship dining venue, and the Fab Café Bakery serves European pastries and fine Italian coffee. For drinks, head to Moon Bar at the top of the building and for awesome views. The Vue brand really embraces the nature that surrounds the property and all of the animals that call the region home.
The Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beijing is located in a lovely building in the Wangfujing District and puts travelers in easy access to top city attractions. You’ll be within a 10-minute walk to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City when you stay here. Brasserie 1893 serves French cuisine, Peacock Alley has a stylish lounge for afternoon tea and cocktails, and the Zijin Mansion is a great place for wine lovers and to try Beijing-inspired dishes. Signature treatments at the spa include the 90-minute Escape and 90-minute Oriental Stress Solution.
There are 222 guest rooms at the Fairmont, which is in Beijing’s Central Business District. You can enjoy western cosine and steak at The Cut and Cantonese dim sum and Beijing duck at Lunar 8. There’s a lovely spa here that spans three levels, as well as a fitness facility and yoga studio.