Simultaneously futuristic and modern but also inseparably linked to its heritage, Beijing compels with its complex layers. The city is an architectural jewel and home to some of the world’s most innovative buildings including the CCTV Building, Galaxy Soho and the Olympic Stadium. Combine into the mix the incredible six UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the city, a plethora of magnificent imperial palaces, and stunning ancient temples and the architectural variety will have you amazed for days. Whilst the city is known as the political capital of China, it is also the cultural heart too and visitors should take advantage the ever-evolving scene of artists, writers, move-makers and musicians. Immerse yourself in traditional Chinese performing arts too whether at the Peking opera or the elegant Chinese classical dance. Food enthusiast? Beijing has over 60,000 restaurants so we are pretty sure you will find something you fancy. Before booking flights, discover what the city has to offer in terms of 5-star luxury too…
Read our guide to the best luxury hotels in Shanghai
Park Hyatt Beijing
The Park Hyatt is most suitable for corporate guests who need easy access to the financial district. It is conveniently located in Chaoyang, overlooking the Guomao intersection. The closest subway station is about five minutes away, which offers the option of Beijing’s world-class public transportation. The hotel has a selection of renovated guest rooms that come with concierge service. Guests have a choice of 221 contemporary rooms and 25 suites that are furnished beautifully with spa-like bathrooms, 400-thread count linen and Nespresso coffee machines. A grill restaurant on the 66th floor provides excellent dining experiences. The exemplary service and advanced facilities ensure a luxurious stay.
The St Regis Beijing
One of the priciest hotels in Beijing, The St. Regis caters to an exclusive clientele that ranges from global business moguls to movie stars. From the hand-painted ceiling in the lobby to the Chinese silk upholstery in every room, the hotel offers high standards of comfort. Guests get 24-hour butler service and impressive facilities. For entertainment and relaxing, The St. Regis has its own cigar humidor, 24-hour gym, spa and swimming pool. You can dine in any one of the five restaurants in the hotel, which serve Asian and Western delicacies. The St. Regis is in the political and financial district of Chaoyang on 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie.
One of the most tastefully decorated hotels in the region with its warm browns and Chinese touches. Each furniture and ornamental pieces were handpicked to give the hotel a unique style. Books and art pieces in the hotel rooms and public space add to the personality of the place. The service is impeccable with a staff that is big on personalisation. Repeat guests enjoy exclusive care, including tailored extras. Guest facilities include the spa, Sense, a steam room and fitness centre, among others. The hotel’s location in the CBD makes it ideal for business guests. South-facing rooms get the towering view of some of Beijing’s tallest buildings.
The Peninsula Beijing
In 2016, the former Palace Hotel in Beijing went through a lavish refit and turned into the Peninsula, an all-suite five-star accommodation. It got a first-rate spa that focuses on Chinese wellness, an art gallery and shopping arcade, among other extravagant amenities. The renovation included elegant interiors of marble floors, high ceilings and ivory walls that give the hotel a modern style. The technology throughout the hotel is operated from tablets, making systems very convenient. Guests can dine at the Huang Ting Chinese restaurant, which serves some of the city’s best Cantonese food. The family-friendly hotel is located in the shopping and business district of Wangfujing.
Shangri-La Hotel Beijing
If you prefer accommodation that is a bit tucked away from the city’s bustle, Shangri-La is it. Set in Zizhuyuan, the hotel has a serene environment that is complemented by a 3,000 m2 garden. Its interior is a blend of new and old decor. The different restaurant selections offer something for everyone. There is S.T.A.Y, the modern French restaurant, Shang Palace ah authentic Chinese cuisine, while Café Cha is perfect for breakfast. There is also the Garden Bar and Terrace for relaxing in the evening. The hotel has one building with 528 rooms and another with 142 rooms.
The Beijing version of the Kempinski is located in the diplomatic district of Chaoyang with public transport only a few minutes away. The hotel incorporates European and Asian style decor to result in a classy and chic place. With 526 rooms that include grand deluxe, deluxe and superior rooms, guests have a wealth of options. Kempinksi is famous for its exclusive services, which entail a 24-hour butler. The hotel has state-of-the-art conference facilities, which is why it is perfect for corporate guests. It has a choice of 7 restaurants, Including Paulaner Bräuhaus, which has the best Bavarian cuisine.
W Beijing Chang’an
This lifestyle hotel is not far from Tiananmen Square, but guests have to take taxis to access most of the CBD. W Beijing is brightly coloured with blues, pinks and golds that match the lifestyle personality of the hotel. The exterior is hard to miss with a giant W emblazoned at the centre of the building. It has excellent leisure amenities, including a uniquely-shaped swimming pool, hi-tech fitness centre and spa. For dining options, guests have the Kitchen Table that serves buffet breakfast and lunch, YEN, offering Cantonese cuisine and The Forbidden W Burger with American delicacies.
The Opposite House
If you want a hotel that offers the best of Beijing’s nightlife, The Opposite House is one of them. Situated on 11 Sanlitun Lu, the hotel allows guests unrestricted access to some of the top clubs and entertainment spots in the city. The Opposite House was one of the luxury accommodations to come out during the 2008 Olympics and has managed to maintain the same quality of service over the years. It is decorated in authentic Japanese theme of wood and minimalism. Guests have a five-star restaurant that promises the best Chinese food.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
Found a kilometre or so from the Forbidden City, the Waldorf Astoria is one of Beijing’s most luxurious hotels. Architecturally, it is an eye-catching marvel that is encased in copper and bronze exterior decor. It’s 176 rooms are decorated in gorgeous artwork. The hotel also includes a separate building with a large villa and guest suites. The interior is done wood and marble with paintings and sculptures that bring everything together in an intimate ambience. At first glance, the hotel feels more like a boutique than a chain. There is no lobby, but someone is always available to check guests in.