Hotel Éclat is a luxury Beijing hotel that pays tribute to art with an incredible collection of fine works in its guestrooms and public areas. It is home to more than 100 unique pieces, including original sculptures and paintings from the art greats like Salvador Dali, Pierre Matter, Chen Wen Ling, Andy Warhol, Gao Xiao Wu, Zou Liang and more. Rarely will you experience a collection of museum quality art in such luxurious and intimate living surroundings.
Insider Tip: Pamper yourself and book the Deluxe Lagoon Suite. It features an outdoor terrace, private lagoon, oversized jacuzzi in bathroom, 24-hour personal Butler Service and all the ‘Éclat Essentials’.
Lee Garden Apartment
Centrally located on Wangfujing Avenue, Beijing’s prime dining and shopping area, the 5-star Lee Garden Apartment is recently renovated. It provides privacy, safety and personalised service to discerning travellers. All rooms in this all-suite property have spectacular views of the surrounding city or countryside, along with free Wi-Fi. It is only a walking distance from Tianamen Square, the Forbidden City, the subway station, and other tourist attractions.
Insider Tip: Add some excitement to your trip by visiting Donghuamen Night Market, northwest of Wangfujing Street, for a gastronomical experience with plenty of exotic food.
The Emperor Beijing Qianmen
Adjacent to central axis of Beijing, The Emperor Hotel Beijing Qianmen is located at Xianyukou, Qianmen Street. The hotel is close to commercial blocks and surrounded by a host of shops. Enjoy a memorable stay at The Emperor Hotel, fashionably-themed with the element of "water".
Insider Tip: Take advantage of the location. The hotel is located in the vicinity of Tiananmen Square and merely a 10-minute walking distance to Palace Museum, Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, and National Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, the Qianmen transportation hub nearby will make your travel more convenient.
Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by Chinese culture and history, this hotel provides easy access to the city's famous attractions. The Courtyard Hotel holds 250 years of history and was once a beautiful urban villa adored by many visitors, showcasing old Beijing architectural style with quadrangle courtyards till today. If you’re looking for comfort, well-being and quality service in an old Beijing-style setting, look no further than Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel.
Insider Tip: Rent a bike from the hotel for free and explore - undoubtedly the best way to see the city.
East Beijing Hotel
When visiting Beijing, you'll feel right at home at East Beijing Hotel, which offers quality accommodation and great service. The hotel lies 10 km from the city centre and provides accessibility to important town facilities. It also provides easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Drive-in Cinema, MR Gallery and Galleria Continua. Offering you superior services and a broad range of amenities, East Beijing Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible.
Insider Tip: Pets are allowed in this cosy hotel, so bring your furry animals on your next visit. Kindly inform the staff beforehand for necessary arrangements.
The Opposite House
This five-storey box of emerald-tinted glass, the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is hands-down the hippest address in the city. Hotel staff are “Guest Experience Officers” and the 99 minimalist rooms eschew marble and carpets for stark white walls and wooden bathtubs. Guest rooms encircle an impressive atrium hung with drapes of woven steel, with contemporary art installations on rotation. Jing Yaa Tang, designed by London-based restaurant impresario Alan Yau, is the new in place to eat Peking duck.
Insider Tip: Drinks and snacks from the in-room minibar are complimentary and refilled daily.
The Temple Hotel
The Temple Hotel occupies the grounds of Zhizusi, a beautifully restored Buddhist temple complex all but forgotten until a few years ago. Eight rooms have been carved out of former monks’ quarters and a prayer hall (all with cosy under floor heating), and newer annexes built in the 70s when Zhizusi served as a television factory. A haven for art lovers, the hotel is strewn with contemporary paintings, sculptures and custom-designed furniture. Best of all, it’s a five-minute walk through the hutongs to the northern moat of the Forbidden City.
Insider Tip: For extra privacy, one of the duplex rooms has its own entrance to the alleyway behind the temple complex – request when booking.
A boutique sanctuary in the hutongs, The Orchid is billed as a “hostel for grown-ups”. This means communal breakfasts, dumpling-making classes and occasional wine tastings on the terrace, but you can always retire to the comfy surrounds of one of 10 simple guest rooms. These are furnished with goose-down beds, rainforest showers and Apple TVs, some with cute private gardens and terrace space. The owners are fully clued-in on their thriving hutong neighbourhood, providing killer tips on local restaurants to aid your culinary explorations.
Insider Tip: Canadian co-owner Joel is a former tea exporter and occasionally takes guests on excellent tours of Beijing’s tea district.
Beijing’s only true Grand Dame, the 100-year old “Grand Hotel de Pekin” has emerged relatively unscathed after China’s turbulent 20th century. Taken over by Raffles in 2005, the chandelier-strewn lobby still oozes old-world charm, and some guest rooms boast impressive four-poster beds and retro patterned wallpaper. Beside the lobby, the centrepiece of the elegant Writer’s Bar is a wooden dance floor dating back to the 1920s, upon which Mao Zedong was known to take a turn during banquets.
Insider Tip: The original and best rooms are in Block B, with views over the famous Chang An Avenue. Block E is a newer addition at the back for business travellers.
China World Summit Wing
Occupying the top 14 floors of Beijing’s tallest building, the Summit Wing, part of Singapore’s Shangri-La group, chooses understated style over showy luxury. From the leather-armchair strewn Residents Lobby to the expansive guest rooms mixing hard woods, feather pillows and stunning views (smog permitting), it is, as billed, a sanctuary in the clouds. Atmosphere Bar and Grill 79 are both excellent options for drinking and dining respectively, and the 25m infinity pool on the 78th floor might just be the highlight of your trip.
Insider Tip: Request a west-facing room for views of the Forbidden City’s rooftops on a clear day.