by Audrey Tao
We’re often asked by our guests to recommend the best accommodations in Beijing, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places to stay. Not only are their reputations high, but it was important for us to choose hotels that were both English-friendly and offer some incredible dining options. So among the hundreds of hotels in Beijing, here’s our top 5 places to stay in Beijing:
Red Wall Garden
A Stay in a Beijing Hutong Courtyard
The Red Wall Garden is one largest hidden gems within the hutong neighborhoods of Beijing. Occupying over 500 square meters with a full sized courtyard and over 40 guest rooms, the Red Wall Garden was voted 2017’s best boutique hotel in Beijing by readers of That’s Beijing magazine. Unlike many other hutong hotels in Beijing, the Red Wall Garden does not try to blend modern elements with the hutong life, but rather sticks to the traditional Chinese design inside and out. From the moment you step into the Red Wall Garden, you will be greeted by terra cotta warriors, and as you go in, you will find yourself in an expansive open courtyard almost like the inside of movie scene filled with flowing water, flowers, and neat wooden benches.
The Red Wall Garden strictly abides to the color scheme of the deep Chinese red in its decorations and design. Each week, they host multiple cultural events for its guests including free calligraphy classes, shadow puppet shows, and noodle making performances to further enrich your short stay in China. As for hospitality, The Red Wall Garden employs some of the finest beds all the way from Sweden furnishing the antique-like rooms. And don’t forget about the on-site restaurant with a constantly changing and seasonal menu that prepares perfectly authentic dishes originating from all over China. It’s not unusual for the place to be packed with locals from the nearby community!
Where it’s located: Wangfujing, central area
Price: 1000-1500 RMB (~160 USD a night)
Official website of Red Wall Garden
Luxurious and Unforgettable
The Rosewood opened its doors not too long ago in 2014 and since then has risen to become one of the top hotels in Beijing, providing guests with not only the most modern and scrupulously designed facilities, but also comfort at the top level. With over 250 rooms including personal spa rooms and suites, five different dining & bar options, and both modern and ancient Chinese paintings and sculptures in every corner, The Rosewood Beijing can only be noted as one of a kind that pays homage not only to its brand, but also the city that it is located in. Any typical view from a room in the Rosewood would overlook the symbolic CCTV Tower and the ever increasing skyscrapers of Beijing’s central CBD area. The Rosewood is also the only hotel in the city that offers spa suites for guests to enjoy a weekend staycation at the best hotel and spa retreat in the city.
As for dining, The Rosewood has consistently been ranked as one of the best hotel dining options in Beijing, requiring at least three-day advance reservations for all four restaurants open to public. The Rosewood not only offers a sense of privacy and luxury for its guests, but also provides the best restaurant service to the public. Bistrot B in its lobby as its signature restaurant, known for it’s a-la-carte styled French weekend brunch, represents The Rosewood in its strive for excellence and attention to detail.
Where it’s located: close to GuoMao, central business district
Price: 4000-5000 rmb per night (~670 USD a night)
Official website of The Rosewood Beijing
A Taste of Modern & Traditional Beijing
Literally hidden inside the hutongs of Beijing, The Orchid represents the gem of hutong hospitality. The “hutong”, or alleyway, has come to represent the local life of Beijing since the Qing dynasty, but nowadays some are becoming overly commercialized with shops and tourist attractions with few residents’ homes left. With The Orchid, the entire situation was turned around as they became one of the first hotels in Beijing to completely transform the hutong life. Although The Orchid is seen as an 100% upgrade from the dilapidated hutong houses, they still strive to give customers a sense of home and local life.
Usually, all 9 guest rooms of The Orchid are fully booked and its patio restaurant Toast is filled with guests. Unlike many hutong houses, each room inside The Orchid is equipped with its independent bathroom and shower, a front porch, and large queen sized bed all tidied up and cleaned on a daily basis. To give travelers a sense of Beijing local cuisine, The Orchid also offers dumpling making classes on Tuesday nights taught by the lovely Ms. Lu, also a manager at The Orchid, and comes with free flow of Canadian wine for only for 250 RMB per person. If guests are looking for a more independent Airbnb style hutong apartment, The Orchid also offers apartments near to the hotel with a full bathroom, living room, kitchen, bedroom, and patio. Of course, all guests at The Orchid will get a chance to enjoy the famous Toast by Orchid breakfast, offering a wide range of traditional western style breakfasts prepared with the freshest ingredients and made in a homey and exquisite manner.
Where it’s located: Nanluoguxiang, Old Drum Tower Area
Price: 1000-1500 RMB per night (~200 USD a night)
Official website of The Orchid Beijing
The Opposite House
A Night in a Modern Art Museum
When you first step into The Opposite House, you may have mistaken it for a MOMA-esque contemporary art museum situated in one of the newest and hottest areas of Beijing. Unlike traditional hotels, The Opposite House has broken nearly all boundaries and standards of a “proper” hotel. In the Opposite House’s front lobby, you will not find a concierge or a service desk, but rather a central atrium which houses ancient and modern artworks with an overwhelming layered hanging ceiling all designed under the hand of famous Japanese architect Kenga Kuma. One can write an entire book illustrating the intricate designs of the interior and exterior of The Opposite House, but according to the designer himself, he envisioned a space that was seamless, layered, and quiet. Amidst the noisy and crowded bars of Sanlitun, The Opposite House offers a tranquil counterpart for its guests to not only appreciate its artistic construction but also all the services they have to offer. The guest rooms offer a Japanese tatami style hospitality with its wooden floors, wooden bath, and large open space.
Meanwhile the pool and event space show an entirely different side to Japanese art drawing influences from Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms with infinite hanging neon lights as its ceiling and full glass windows to appreciate a dark room surrounded by dazzling lights. Almost more famous than the hotel itself are The Opposite House’s attached restaurants; the New York insta-famous style Village Café, the Beijing top rated Chinese restaurant Jing Yaa Tang, and the Mediterranean fusion bar and restaurant Sureño.
Where it’s located: Sanlitun, close to embassy area, nightlife centre of Beijing
Price: 1500-2000 RMB a night (~260 USD a night)
Official website of The Opposite House
It’s Four Seasons, duh
From its internationally renowned name, the Four Seasons Hotel holds its reputation high in Beijing as well. Located in the beautiful international embassy district of Beijing, the Four Seasons Hotel is known as one of the newest and trendiest hotels in the neighborhood. In Beijing, almost everyone has heard of the Four Seasons Hotel, not just because of its brand, but also because of the quality service and dining they provide, and also the presence they have in the Beijing community. With their 5 star Italian restaurant Mio, winner of countless local and international food awards, Four Seasons is the top tier of fine hotel dining in Beijing. Apart from Mio, Four Seasons recently opened up its brand new rooftop bar attracting not only guests but also bar-goers from all over Beijing. On top of that, the lobby bar at Four Seasons has a collection of gin with over 20 different labels, so not only can you get comfortable at Four Seasons but also boozy at the same time.
Where it’s located: Liangmaqiao embassy area
Price: 1000-1500 RMB (~160 USD) a night
Official website of Four Seasons Beijing
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