Despite some marked improvement in recent years, Beijing's hotel scene lags behind the glamour of other regional centres such as Shanghai and Hong Kong. International chains have arrived, but standards are often lower than at equivalent properties elsewhere, and mid-range offerings tend to feel a little bland and institutional. There are some lovely traditional courtyard hotels though, which add a unique Beijing flavour.
The Beijing hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over ¥2,000)
Moderate (¥750 to ¥2,000)
Cheap (up to ¥750)
These Beijing hotel prices are for a double room and include all taxes but not breakfast, unless otherwise indicated.
Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing
This serene resort provides a luxurious escape from Beijing's noisy streets. The ancient buildings that once housed the imperial kitchen of the Summer Palace have been converted into gorgeous, spacious rooms with wooden floors, high ceilings and classic Ming-style furniture. There's also a great spa, an indoor pool, a small cinema, a library and three high-end restaurants.Address: Haidian, 1 Gongmenqian Jie, Beijing, 100091
Telephone: +86 10 5987 9999.
Park Hyatt Beijing
Beijing’s highest hotel towers over the new central business district, and many guests come specifically for the panoramic views, particularly from the 66th-floor China Grill and the 65rd-floor bar. Undeniably one of the most opulent international hotels in Beijing, the Park Hyatt has 246 sleekly modern rooms and suites, with rainforest showers and spa-style tubs, plasma TVs, espresso machines and air purification systems.Address: Chaoyang, 2 Jianguomenwai Jie, Beijing, 100022
Telephone: +86 10 8567 1234.
This former Tibetan Buddhist temple from the Qing Dynasty was saved for posterity by a UNESCO-endorsed restoration project. Buildings at the hotel have been standing for 250 years and they still swim with the air of times past. There are just eight well-appointed rooms, each with traces of the building's former life, firstly as a temple, then as a television factory after the Cultural Revolution.Address: Dongcheng, 23 Shatan Beijie, Beijing, 100009
Telephone: +86 10 8401 5680.
Set in a beautifully renovated 300-year-old courtyard home, this is the most reasonably priced heritage hotel in Beijing. Rooms come with traditional Chinese furniture and all the modern comforts including flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi, underfloor heating and plush en-suite bathrooms. It's hidden on a back alley in the chic Nanluoguxiang area.Address: Dongcheng, 7 Qiangulouyuan Hutong, Nanluoguxiang, Beijing, 100009
Telephone: +86 10 6406 0777.
DuGe Courtyard Boutique Hotel
Housed in a wonderful, Qing-dynasty courtyard home (formerly home to one of Emperor Xianfeng's ministers), this unique Beijing hotel blends tradition and modernity in equal measures. Rooms are trendy, yet elegant, and full of modern amenities, but still romantically old-fashioned. The location, amongst the old hutong alleys of Nanluoguxiang, couldn’t be better.Address: Dongcheng, 26 Qianyuanensi Hutong, Nanluoguxiang, Beijing, 100009
Telephone: +86 10 6445 7463.
Red Capital Residence
Located in a 200-year-old courtyard residence, this boutique hotel moves the historic theme forward to the Liberation era, with rooms and communal spaces decked out with Communist antiques and Mao memorabilia. The five suites are fit for a Communist Party bigwig, with some of Beijing’s most unique interior design, and the bar is set in a converted underground bomb shelter.Address: Dongcheng District, 9 Dongsi Liutiao, Beijing, 100007
Telephone: +86 10 6402 7151
Double Happiness Beijing Courtyard Hotel
Most guests agree with the name when they stay at this low-key but friendly hotel in the lanes near the Lama Temple. The small, simple rooms come with Chinese-style furniture, TVs and a computer for checking your email, plus an extra serving of homespun charm, but it can get a little cold here in winter.Address: Dongcheng, 37 Dongsi Sitiao, Beijing, 100010
Telephone: +86 10 6400 7762.
Jingshan Garden Hotel
A cute budget hotel with calm, comfy rooms set around a similarly serene courtyard, Jingshan Garden Hotel is in easy striking distance of the Forbidden City. It feels just like you'd imagine a Chinese hotel to feel, down to the odd piece of old-fashioned lacquered furniture in the rooms. It has a decent restaurant too.Address: Doncheng, 68 Sanyanjing Hutong, Beijing, 100009
Telephone: +86 10 8404 7979.
Hip and perfectly located in a lane just a short stroll from the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, the Orchid is a slice of wood-floored, design magazine modernism in the heart of old Beijing. Rooms are compact but calming, with contemporary designer furnishings. There’s even a roof terrace with views over the hutongs.Address: Dongcheng, 65 Baochao Hutong, Guloudong Jie, Beijing, 100009
Telephone: +86 10 8565 9295