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Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Beijing

Sunday, September 12th, 2010
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If you are going to pamper yourself while on business or leisure travel to Beijing,  here is a list of the top 10 Beijing luxury hotels, the best splurge hotels in Beijing.For boutique hotels or cheap hotels in Beijing, please see my previous posts –Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Beijing ; Top 10 Budget Hotels in Beijing and Top 10 Beijing Hostels in Beijing. Hopefully you have a great stay in Beijing!

This is just a top 10 list of my version, only for your reference.

1.The China club (北京中国会)
Nestled in the traditional hutong area, it is an unique hotel more than just “Club”, but  with a private club philosopy. The China Club is targeted for those woh have money to burn and a desire for all things featuring Chinese.The club hotel is composed of five courtyards with 14 rooms, a bar and banquet hall. Rooms are also available for non-members during low season. The room are very big with sofas and a alcove bed, the bathroom are all adorned with engraved boiserie ancient real Chinese luxury.Add: 51 Xirong Xian Hutong, Xidan, Beijing, P.R.C 100031

Tel:     (8610) 6603 8855 Ext 116/117

The China club

The China club

2. Commune By The Great Wall, Kempinski Beijing  (长城脚下的公社)
Commune by the Great Wall is a group of contemporary architecture buidlings or villas designed by 12 Asian architects. In 2005, Commune by the Great Wall was praised by Business Week as a “New Architectural Wonder of China”.The hotel is presently composed of 42 villas with 190 suites and eleven Presidential Suites, four restaurants, Anantara Spa, Kid’s Club and an outdoor pool. The view is amazing, with the Great Wall in front of the villas, though in a distant mountains. The villas are dotted over the small hills in the hotel compound. Good for honeymooners,  for retrea or conference purposes.Add: The Great Wall Exit No.53 at Shuiguan G6 Jingzang Highway, Beijing

Tel: 86-10-81181888

Commune By The Great Wall

Commune By The Great Wall

3. The St. Regis Beijing (北京国际俱乐部饭店)
The hotel is centrally located along the east of Changan Avenue with a good 20 minute walk to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen square. The subway station is just a few steps from the hotel. The hotel is modern and the rooms are spacious, the service is truly five star.

The staff is ready to  help you and they are very friendly. The butler service is also outstanding. There are several restaurants in the hotel, and food is good though a little pricy.

Add: 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing

Tel:  010-64606688
Web: St Regis Beijing Hotels

The St. Regis Beijing

The St. Regis Beijing

4. Fairmont Beijing (北京华彬费尔蒙酒店)
The hotel is very centrally located, a 3-minute walk to the subway station. This is very convenient as the subway is a very easy and best way to go around Beijing. For big buyers, the Silk Market is only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

The staff are very friendly, courteous and go out of their way to help you out. it offers very personalized service for the breakfast, afternoon tea, happy hour and evening dessert. The rooms are spacious and the espresso machine is a nice plus.

Tel: +86 10 8511 7777

5.Grand Hyatt  Beijing (北京东方君悦大酒店)
The location is fantastic, only 10 minutes walk to Tiannemen square and the Forbidden City. It is a beautiful Hyatt property, attached to the Oriental Plaza Mall, along Changan Avenuw and Wangfujing.

All staff are friendly, the bell boys and swimming pool, gym staff, especially the front desk is very efficeint. A huge 55m swimming pool in a tropical jungle setting is a great plus, luxury and fun for the children.

Add: 1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing

Tel: +86 10 8518 1234
Web: Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel

Grand Hyatt  Beijing

Grand Hyatt Beijing

6. The Regent Beijing

Located in the heart of Beijing, only minutes from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing shopping, the Oriental Plaza and many other attractions in Beijing. The Regent Beijing boasts 500 lavishly furnished guest rooms with amenities including five restaurants and lounges, a full-service spa, Fitness Center and an indoor pool, making the Regent one of the best Luxury Beijing Hotels.The rooms are spacious and clean. It comes with free internet! The bed is big and very comfortable. Soft pillows and high quality linens will give you a sound night sleep.
Add: 99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005
Tel: + 86 10 8522 1888

The Regent Beijing

The Regent Beijing

7. The Peninsula Beijing (北京王俯半岛酒店)

It is centrally located and itslocation is great for both shopping and walking around for sightseeing. The hotel is very opulent and very clean. The food in all the restaurants is fantastic.The rooms are larger, clean, luxurious and comfortable. The concierge is excellent. The breakfast is pletiful and delicious! There is a Spa where the exhausted travellers or businessmen can relax and rewind. The hotel also hosts some boutique shops selling major fashion brands: Vuitton, Ferragamo, Chanel, Cartier.
Add: 3 Jinyu Hontong, Wangfujing, Beijing
Tel: 010-85162888

The Peninsula Beijing

The Peninsula Beijing

8. Raffles Beijing
Add:  Well located at the site linked both  to  Chang An Avenue and Wangfujing Street, Raffles Beijing Hotel is just a few minutes from the Forbidden City,  Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous attractions.

It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing Railway Station and 5 minutes from Wangfujing subway station of Line 1.  The hotel boasts 171 beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites.  The rooms are very spacious and lovely with a seperate lounge area, the bed is so comfy!  Each room is equipped with Ironing board, hairdyer, dressing gowns and slippers and more. The staff is wonderful . Restaurant and breakfast are excellent.

Tel: +8610 6526 3388


Raffles Beijing

Raffles Beijing

9. Ritz Carlton, Financial Street (北京金融街丽思卡尔顿)

Located in the bustling Financial District, it is a perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers. It boasts 253 well-furnished guest rooms and suites, three exceptional restaurants offering Chinese, Italian and all day dining favorites.Ritz Carlton Financial Street alos offers Spa, Fitness & Salon offering a variety of beauty treatments and rejuvenating therapies. A good plus free wireless connection in lobby. The food during the breakfast is excellent, and the beds and room are a haven of luxury. Close to the hotel is a TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut, KFC, Starbucks & there is also a shopping mall next door.Add: 1 Jin Cheng Fang Street East, Financial Street, Beijing 100140 China

Tel:   (86 10) 6601 6666
Web: Luxury Hotel Beijing, Financial Street

Ritz Carlton, Financial Street

Ritz Carlton, Financial Street

10. InterContinental Hotel Beijing BEICHEN

The hotel is located just next to National Convention Centre and the 2008 Olympic Central Park ( bird’s nest, water cube and more ).  The hotel is less than 30 minutes from Beijing Capital Airport and 10 minutes from the Shangdi Hi-tech Zone and the Silicon Valley of Beijing.

All the guest rooms are extremely spacious about 43 – 50 square metres in size. The luxury decor offers a comfortable backdrop to the luxury sofa and armchair, which offers cozy mecca. The breakfast is varied and well-done. Hotel staff is friendly and ready to help you. Very luxurious rooms, excellent beds, excellent restaurants. Taking the subway in Beijing is very easy and the stations are marked both in English and Chinese. The station is about 4 minutes away by walking.

Tel:  86-10-84371188
Web: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts | BEIJING BEICHEN

 InterContinental Hotel Beijing BEICHEN

InterContinental Hotel Beijing BEICHEN

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Beijing

Saturday, September 11th, 2010
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Plan your Beijing Tour? More and more boutique hotels hit the Beijing hotel scene, facilitating the transforming of the capital Beijing into a trendier destination
.If you’ re looking for a more intimate experience than large chain hotels, something a little more personal, please follow me to explore the top 10 Boutique Hotels in Beijing.

For cheaper and no frills hotels in Beijing, also see Top 10 Budget Hotels in Beijing, Top 10 Beijing Hostels and Top 10 Beijing Luxury Hotel.

1. The Orchid HotelThe Orchid is located in a neighborhood of hutongs and courtyard houses near the Drum and Bell Tower, and provides you different and unique experience. There are many interesting and good restaurants within walking distance.

You can rent a bike and cycle around the area to visit Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Houhai Lakes, old hutongs,  Lama Temple, Confucius temples, and Jingshan Park, as well as coffee shops, and quaint stores. The hotel staff are helpful and resourceful. The rooms are spacious and comfortable  with modern bathrooms and nice furnishings.

Tel: +86-010-84044818
Add: 65 Baochao Hutong, East Gulou Street, Dongcheng District,Beijing (北京市东城区鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同65号).

 The Orchid Hotel

The Orchid Hotel

2. Michael’s House
Michael’s House is a clean, comfortable and stylish hotel. The rooms circles a central courtyard which is set in a traditional Chinese style. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from a subway station line 2. Line 2 is the loop line which can be interchange for other lines,  makes it easier to travel to many of the tourist sits very easy.

It provides a buffet style breakfast, including bacon and eggs as well as continental options.
ADD: S.Yard, 1  Zhiqiang Garden N., Xiaoxitian, Haidian Dist., Beijing, 100088, China
Tel:86-10-6222-5620 Fax:86-10-6224-7281

Michael's House

Michael’s House

3. Red Wall Garden Hotel
The Red Wall Garden Hotel has 40 impressive rooms, elegant restaurants, traditional courtyard and perfect  location.  What sets Red Wall Garden apart from other places are its unique cuisines and its helfpful butler services.

In addition, the Red Wall Garden Hotel is located in the traditional Hutongs dating back to ancient times. These old streets and lanes form special neighborhoods which remain intact even to this day. Definitely, the Red Wall Garden is your good choice for your stay in Beijing.

Address: No. 41, Shijia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 86-10-51692222   Fax: 86-10-52190221

4. Courtyard 7 (秦唐府客栈7号院)
Stay in Beijing with Chinese experience.  Courtyard 7 is set in a quadrangle-style building with vermillion beams and steep and tiled roofs. It has spacious rooms furnished with traditional rosewood-framed beds girdled with silk drapes and modern comfor: under-floor heating, rainforest-style showers.

The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. It provides a nice buffet breakfast.It has a super location – a quiet side alley off Nanluogu Xiang straddling the old and new parts of town.

Add: 7 Qianguloyuan Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang ( 南锣鼓巷前鼓楼苑胡同7号),
Tel: +86 10 6406 0777

Courtyard 7

Courtyard 7

5. Hotel Kapok Beijing (北京木棉花酒店)
This hotel is centrally located in the middle of Beijing, a 10-minute walk to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Wangfujing shopping street. The hotel staff are excellent and make every effort to be helpful and informative.

Free internet in the room is excellent and consistent. The room with a see through glass toilet and curtains; something quite different from the normal rooms, but still, a very interesting type of room. Beds are very comfortable and airconditioning is excellent.

Recommend printing out in Chinese the hotel name, address to give to the taxi driver at the airport upon arrival. There are the food markets and reastaurants that opens every night just up the road.

Add: No.16 Donghuamen Street, Beijing, China. 100006
Tel: 86-10-6525 9988

Hotel Kapok Beijing

Hotel Kapok Beijing

6. Yi House Art Hotel 798 (北京一驿酒店)
Nestled in the northeast corner of the 798 Art Zone, Yi House Art Hotel 798 is the only hotel is in this art area as well as one of the few boutique hotels in Beijing worthy of the name.

Making us of a former wasteland on the site of a 19th-century crystal factory, the hotel is regarded as “a place art lovers can call home” . All 30 rooms are decorated in a mix of traditional Chinese art styles and art deco modernity. Boasting a variety of services to outperform any International hotel chains, from 24-hour room service to flatscreen cable TV, gym and airport pickups…

Add: No.1, 706 Houjie, 798 Yishuqu, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao, Beijing 100015
Tel: 010-64361818

Yi House Art Hotel 798 (

Yi House Art Hotel 798 (

7. Duge Courtyard Boutique Hotel (杜革四合院藝術精品酒)
It is a hip small hotel tucked away in the small lanes near the latest trendsetters hotspot, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing. It is quirky, welcoming and bursting with bright colours.

Experience traditional courtyard living at its finest in the refined, elegant surroundings of Duge. Each of the 10 rooms and suites follows a different theme.  All the Duge’s 10 uniquely suites and rooms are open directly onto the inner courtyards, are fully equipped with every comfort and amenity to offer guests a warm welcome and a comfortable stay at any time of the year.

Add: Qianyuanensi Hutong No 26, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng district, Beijing 100009
Tel: 86-10-64060686

Duge Courtyard Boutique Hotel

Duge Courtyard Boutique Hotel


8. The Opposite House (瑜舍)
The location is very good, whether for shopping and eating or biking or taking a taxi for sightseeing. The hotel rooms are big, clean and modern. The beds are very comfortable with the cotton bedding as smooth as silk and the pillows firm yet soft.

The service here cannot be beat. The free wifi and minibar is a value added as well as the free use of bicycles and splendid swimming pool…  Each staff member and manager goes out of their way to help and make you pleased. There are the most beautiful shops  and reasturants around the hotel, from a big Apple store to the adidas flagship to Uniqlo.

Add: Building 1, No 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Tel: 010-64176688

The Opposite House

The Opposite House

9. Aman at Summer Palace Beijing (颐和安缦)
It is an an Amanresorts property.  It’s very far from the heart of Beijing. But, as a site to escape the city for a few nights, and just rewind and take in some culture and beauftiful scenery, the location is super.

A basic suite is spacious, with half of an historic Chinese bungalow fronting on a courtyard. There is a dining area, a huge desk, a separate bedroom with a canopy bed, a dressing room with Ming furniture. Its really more like a very luxury home or club than a hotel. Amazing swimming pool, excellent staff, famous restaurants.

Add: 15 Gongmenqian Street, Summer Palace, Beijing, China
Tel: (86) 10 5987 9999

Aman at Summer Palace Beijing

Aman at Summer Palace Beijing

10. Hotel Cote Cour Beijing (北京演乐精品酒店)
A boutique hotel, the hotel is nestled in the old hutong area in the the heart of Beijing with walking distance to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing Street. Each of the hotel’s 14 rooms and the common areas are well mixed with original art, contemporary as well as ancient, in the décor adding to the charm of the traditional building.

Though it is hard to find, tt is easy walking through the hutong to get to a main street to catch a taxi or get on the subway. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help you. The rooms are stunning and a great mix of modern and traditional. The courtyard is just beautiful! The rooms are lovely, very neat and clean.

Add: No.70 Yan Yue Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010
Tel: 86 10 65237981, 65239598

Hotel Cote Cour Beijing

Hotel Cote Cour Beijing



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Top 10 Budget Hotels in Beijing, Beijing Cheap Hotels

Friday, September 10th, 2010
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 Plan your Beijing tourIf you don’t  want to spend lots of money on luxury accommodation, but still hope for a decent and comfy stay in Beijing while visiting Beijing, we’ve listed  the top 10 Beijing budget hotels for you to plan your short trip to Beijing.

This top 10 list is only for your reference. It is our version of Top 10 List. You may check your reviews online before starting your booking.  For youth hostels,  see: Top 10 Beijing Hostels .

1. Holiday In Express Temple of Heaven Beijing (北京前门富力智选假日酒店)
A great hotel with a Western feel. It is located approxi 400 meters to the east of the East Gate of Temple of Heaven (walking distance to the temple of Heaven).

The staff is very friendly, helpful and speak good English and. Breakfast is all right with a mix of western and Chinese enough to fill you up for one day sightseeing.Free wifi/ethernet internet with moderate speed is available for free with decent speeds. HBO/CNN Asia/BBC World are available, so there is something to watch by default as well. Grocery store down the street.

Add: No 36 Nanwei Road, Xuanwu District, 100050 Beijing
Tel: 86 10 83157777

2. Days Inn Forbidden City (北京香江戴斯酒店)
The hotel is superly located next to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street and close to 2 subway stations: Wangfujing and Tiananmen East. Nanwanzi hutong (lane) is not very popular among the taxi drivers, but Nanheyan street where the alley is well known.

The services provided by the staff are good. The staff can speak English are quite helpful. The beds are a little  hard like most of Chinese hotels. Free Internet in the room helps a lot. Make sure you always bring the card from the hotel showing the hotel’s address in Chinese character.

The room is cleaned up everyday. Not too many stores nearby, but there is a store that is opened till late.
Add: No.1 Nanwanzi Bystreet, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 86 10 65127788

3. Orange Hotels Beijing 北京桔子酒亚运村店
Orange Hotel Beijing is a hotel chain with 10 hotels in Beijing – Beijing Zhongguancun, Beijing Guanyuanqiao, Beijing Tianningsi, Beijing Wukesong, Beijing Wanjing, Beijing Xinzhimen, Beijing Jingsong Dong, Beijing Jingsong Xi, Beijing Asia Games Village and Beijing Shuijin Jianguo.

All the ten orange hotels are located in the major areas in Beijing, very convenient both for business and leisure travelers.All hotels are a no frills hotels. People are quite satisfied with the cleanliness of the room and the toilet. The mattress is hard like what you would find in many hotels in China. Most of the chain hotels are cozy and modern.

Add: No. 200 Beiyuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 400-819-0099 (24 hours)

4. Jade Garden Hotel (北京翠明庄宾馆)
The location of the hotel is super for those who want to visit the Forbidden city and Tianamen Square, both are within a ten minute walk.

The night market and Wangfujing are also very close by. The staff at the front desk are always helpful, informative, and willing to try to speak English with you.Rooms are clean, comfortable and the surrounding is all right. Very good western and chinese breakfast buffet. Free internet is very nice. The only drawback is the water flow in the shower.

Add: 1 Nanheyan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 86 10 58580966

5. Tianrui Beijing (天瑞酒店)
This hotel has a good location, a good value for the is located in an authentic little hutong (narrow) with fruit sellers, shops and restaurants close to the front door. You can easily walk to Wangfujing, the Forbidden City, and Tienanmen Square.

The room is very big for Chinese, clean and nicely decorated. The staff is friendly and helpful. Buffet breakfast is plain but ok. Free Wi-Fi in the lobby is quite useful. A very good choice for travellers who want a clean and comfortable place to stay in Beijing.

Add: 15 Baishu Hutong, Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng District,Beijing
Tel: 86 10 6526 6699

6. Homekey Hotel Beijing (北京华凯宾馆)
Homeket Hotel is a six floor building with 24 guest rooms. It is centrally located in the hutong areas, 600m from Drum Tower, 800m from Bell Tower, Forbidden City 800m, Tiananmen Square 4 km, Bird’s Nest 6km, Wangfujiang Street 4km, Silk Market 5km, Beijing Railway Station 6km and Beijing airport 30.

English friendly speaking staff .  Each room is equipped with TV,air-conditioner, private bathroom ,shower, 24hr hot water, wireless access, two beds,big window  with lovely view.

Tel: 0086 10 64070268; fax: 0086 10 64013846
Add: No.15,Yu`er Hutong, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing

7. Bamboo Garden Hotel (北京竹园宾馆)
The location is great within a 10 minute walk from a subway station as well as walking distance of several worthwhile sites in the city. It’s in the middle of the hutongs with walking distance to Lake Houhai and surrounding market streets, restaurants and bars.

Only a short taxi ride to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Make sure you have the location of the hotel in Chinese as it is a bit difficult to for some taxi drivers to find. The standard room is very clean, pretty and comfortable.

The bathroom is modern and clean. The large flat screen TV and computer with free internet are an added delight. The hotel has a courtyard surrounding full of greenery, very calm and peaceful.

Add: No.24, Xiaoshiqiao, Jiugulou Street, Xicheng District, Beijing.
Tel: 86-10-58520088

8. 7 Days Inn (Beijing Chaoyangmen)  7天连锁店(朝阳门店)
It is one of the hotel chains of 7 Days Inn, a leading and fast growing national economy hotel chain based in China. It is an affordable, clean, comfortable, convenient and safe lodging.

It has a good location, 2km from Beijing Railway Station, 25km from Beijing airport, 500m from subway.Within 15-minute drive, you will get to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Wangfujing Street… There are over about 3o 7Days Inn chain hotels in Beijing.

Add: No.190 Jia, Chaoyangmen Nei ,Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
Tel: 010-85112788

9. Jinjiang Inn (Beijing Olympic Village Datun Road)  锦江之星北京奥运村大屯路店
It is located close to the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest in the former Asia Games Village, with 5-minute walk to Datun Subway Station of Line 5. The hotel has 192 standard and business rooms, clean and tidy, providing 24-hour hot water, air conditioning, TV, telephone, and complimentary Internet access.

In accordance with the Jinjiang standard services, with high quality special sleep treasure bedding, the whole bathroom…

Add: Datunlu no.02, Andingmenwai, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010-84835588

10. Shatan Hotel Beijing  北京沙滩宾馆
The Beijing Shatan Hotel is a nice hotel in an interesting side street very close to the Forbidden City. The side street is teemed with local shops, markets and restaurants.

All these combined makes you feel you live as the locals.The room is spacious, really comfy beds, nice flat screen TV, beautiful bathroom.The staff are helpful and the breakfast is ok.

Add: No. 28 Shatan back Street, Dongcheng District Beijing 100009
Tel: 010-84026688

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Great Wall Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.