The best hotels in Beijing, chosen by experts from Telegraph travel, including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, and budget hotels.
The Top 10 Hotels in Beijing
Spacious rooms – among the largest in Beijing – opulent interiors and good food make this an attractive choice in the Central Business District. The hotel brims with Chinese art and artefacts. The Country Kitchen serves northern Chinese cuisine such as Peking Duck, while the Red Bowl is the place for Chinese hot pots.
Aman Summer Palace
This hotel is made for would-be emperors, or at least those who possess an imperial fortune. It has its own back door into the gardens of the Summer Palace
The Peninsula Beijing
Following a £101 million refurbishment, The Peninsula Beijing is once again at the top of its game, bowling guests over with elegant new interiors, sterling service and every amenity you could wish for, including a large indoor swimming pool, a world-class spa, tip-top dining and a luxury shopping arcade.
The Emperor Beijing Tian’anmen Square
This hotel is ideal for younger couples, travellers keen on history, anyone who enjoys the romance of China’s imperial past. It has a rooftop bar with fabulous views of the Forbidden City.
The Opposite House
Expect Avant garde, minimalist interiors. The prices aren’t so minimalist, but perhaps that’s not surprising considering this hotel’s prime position in the centre of Sanlitun. There’s also a rather edgy Spanish-Italian fusion restaurant. One for the wealthy hipsters.
Lu Song Yuan Hotel
Set among hutongs in one of Beijing’s more hipster-ish neighbourhoods, this place is great for historians, academics, and romantics who want to get a feel of old Beijing. Rooms are built around a courtyard, and there is a restaurant serving traditional fare.
Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel
Perfect for travellers looking for a taste of old Beijing, the hotel is located in an old hutong in the heart of the city. There are traditional Chinese shadow art performances every night in the central courtyard, and the staff are particularly pleased to show off their culture.
Red Lantern House
The Red Lantern House is in a great location in the city’s old hutongs. It is ideally suited to backpackers and families on a tight budget.
China World Hotel
Very much a luxury business hotel, it’s a particular favourite of chief executives, who will stay here on their missions to tap the Chinese market. It’s also David Cameron’s hotel of choice during his visits to the capital.
Hotel Eclat Beijing
Inside a downtown shopping mall, this exclusive 100-room hotel attracts high rollers with its ‘Lagoon Suites’ that boast private pools and terraces, eccentric design themes and exuberant modern art. Fortunately for the rest of us, Eclat gets the basics right, too.