Beijing hotel industry has graded several super luxury hotels which are beyond international standard. As the capital city of China, it is not a surprise.
Beijing hotels inside the second ring are referred as downtown hotels. They are very convenient for business and sightseeing. Three, four and five star hotels are generally clean, safe and comfortable. You would have no problem speaking English within these hotels.
Hotels beyond downtown area might cost less even they are in very good condition.
The Beijing hotels that I have short-listed are mostly in the downtown area.
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Beijing Hotel – Super Luxury (US$230 up)
The St. Regis Beijing
If you are on a luxury holiday, St. Regis is your number one choice in Beijing. What makes St. Regis outstanding from any other Beijing hotel is its Butler Service, offering round-the-clock personal attention for every guest.
It is just a few minutes away from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City as well as the favourite shopping destination, Silk Market.
St. Regis has very high international ranking including "Top 50 Hotels in Asia" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2005.
The Peninsula Beijing
Peninsula Beijing has completed a US$34 million renovation programme and renamed from the former Peninsula Palace Hotel. It has a traditional Chinese architectural-style exterior combines with modern hotel amenities and facilities. At the centre of Beijing, the hotel is just a short stroll from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Beijing Railway Station.
The Top-Location Trio – At the Heart of Beijing
There are three hotels in a row, along East Changan Avenue. I would say they have the best location in terms of a tourist's choice. They are not only within walking distance to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, they are also right next to the Wangfujing commercial area where plenty of shopping centres are. But if you are fond of five stars, you must pick the Grand Hotel. I'll tell you why.
33 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing | Tel:(86-10) 65137766
Raffles Beijing Hotel
33 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing |Tel: +8610 6526 3388
Grand Hotel Beijing
35 East Changan Avenue Beijing |Tel： 86 10 65137788
The Grand Hotel Beijing was admitted as a formal member of the Leading Hotels of the World in 1990 when it was opened. It is not only famous for its outstanding services, and is decorated with gorgeous furniture and interior finishing material. The hotel fully displays luxury and dignity of Chinese style. Its penthouse provides a stunning view of the Forbidden City. If you want to have a sense of royalty, Grand Hotel is your choice.
Beijing Hotel – Luxury (US$150 up)
Shangri-La operates four luxury hotels in Beijing, they are namely Kerry Centre, China World, Traders and Shangri-La. Let’s look at them one by one.
Shangri-la Kerry Centre Hotel
Kerry Centre Hotel, Beijing, is stylish and modern. It is nearby the diplomatic and commercial centre. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are just a short distance away.
China World Hotel
China World Hotel, Beijing, is located in the east part of downtown. It is just 20 minute walk to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Being part of the China World Trade Centre, China World Hotel is a perfect place for both business and leisure.
Traders Hotel, Beijing, is a deluxe hotel situated in the heart of the diplomatic and financial district. It is connected to the China World Trade Centre, and nearby the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Shangri-La Hotel Beijing
The award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, is one of the most elegant deluxe hotels in the city. Located near the State Guest House and historical Summer Palace, it provides an excellent base for business and leisure travellers. Shangri-La is currently building a new wing to prepare for the 2008 Olympics.
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing, is located in a business district right in city centre, close to tourist attractions such as Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street, The Great Hall and the Qianmen Area.
Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center
Kempinski Hotel Beijing is located at the heart of Chaoyang business district and close to Beijing's diplomatic area. Five minutes to the China International Exhibition Centre and China Agricultural International Exhibition Centre.
Beijing Hotel – Good (US$90 up)
Wangfujing Grand Hotel
You would love this Beijing hotel if you enjoy shopping. Located in the heart of the shopping street of Wangfujing Avenue, it is just 10 minutes away from Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, many banks and shopping centres.
Novotel Peace Hotel
If you enjoy shopping, this is the Beijing hotel that you want. It is located in the heart of the famous Beijing Wangfujing shopping district. You’ll find tradition well integrated with modernization. Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are nearby.
Capital Hotel Beijing
Capital Hotel Beijing is located in the central downtown area. It is only minutes walk from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and other historical attractions.
Beijing Hotel – Cheap (US$38 up)
These hotels are only cheap in price, but good in services.
Jianguo Hotel Qianmen Beijing
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel is a 4-star standard hotel however not expensive. It is 2km from Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. It is a good choice when staying in Beijing for business or sightseeing. (Note: There are several hotels in Beijing called Jianguo. Make sure to look for the one at Qianmen)
Rainbow Hotel is a modern international joint venture. It is about 20 minutes drive to Tiananmen Square. It is close to the famous "Liu Li Chang Street" where you can do cultural shopping.
You might find this website interesting if you want to spend as little as possible on accommodations in Beijing. Prices are amazingly low.
There are three hostels I like to recommend. Scroll to middle of the page and you’ll find them.
Beijing Huadu Hostel and Red Lantern House
Courtyard (shiheyuan) style – good for those who want to have an Old-Beijing feel.
Simatai Great Wall Int’l Youth Hostel – great for those who want to explore the Great Wall at Simatai.
Hostels staff might not speak much English, but they are very friendly and helpful. If you have questions about hostels, click here.
Shao Yuan Guest House
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