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Hotels in Beijing, China

Beijing Hotels

Beijing is China’s enormous capital city - a vast and sprawling metropolis with a 3,000 year history. Beijing’s 16 districts are home to glittery high rises and modern museums, ancient temples and stately waterfront palaces. The city’s retail wonders range from eclectic street markets to luxury boutiques, and its cuisine scene runs from street vendors selling sizzling Peking Duck and deep-fried insects to fine Michelin star restaurants.

Things to see

Begin your busy Beijing day at the old-world Forbidden City, China’s former Imperial Palace. The 980 buildings of this mammoth 15th century complex showcase perfectly-preserved traditional Palatial architecture, where red timber gateways and yellow-tiled roofs - decorated with statuettes - abound. The Forbidden City also houses the Palace Museum, a group of wide galleries displaying glowing bronzeware, ceramics from the Tang dynasty era, and fine 13th century paintings. After, stop by the red-floored Tiananmen Square, an expansive public space studded with stone monuments and solemn mausoleums. In the afternoon, amble over to the Summer Palace, a harmonious gathering of incense-clouded halls, gold-flecked towers, and peaceful pavilions spread over deep blue lakes and rocky hills. For a tranquil finish to your day, visit the Temple of Heaven, a medieval Daoist complex. In the centre, you’ll find the stacked cylindrical Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the interior of which is washed in intricate blue, red, and gold patterning.

Hotels in Beijing

The hotels in Beijing range right from 2 star convenience to 5 star luxury. The no-frills 2 star Beijing hotels and hostels offer small private or shared air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi or lobby internet access. The 3 star hotels in Beijing boast spacious ensuite rooms and casual in-house restaurants, as well as convenient 24 hour front desks. For a taste of city luxury, stay in a 4 star Beijing hotel, where you’ll enjoy shimmering indoor pools and flashy restaurants with adjoining bar-lounges. Luxury-seekers should stay in one of the 5 star Beijing hotels, which offer starry rooftop terraces and stress-alleviating full service spas.

Where to stay

Sightseers looking for a bustling central area overflowing with some of Beijing’s top monuments and heritage buildings should stay in the Dongcheng District, which covers the eastern half of central Beijing. Here, you’ll find Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Families or couples looking for a quieter area might consider staying in the northwestern Haidian District, a chilled-out suburban neighbourhood full of leafy university grounds - this area includes the Summer Palace, too. Those seeking neon-drenched nightlife should stay in the western Chaoyang District, which sings with night-markets, bar strips, and restaurants billowing with the scent of spicy Peking Duck.

How to get to Beijing

Beijing is well-served by the Beijing Capital International Airport, a huge hub of global aviation based just 32 kilometres northeast of the centre. The airport serves year-round flights direct from many top European cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. Flight time from London is just over 10 hours. From the airport, you can either take a taxi direct to your hotel, or hop on the Airport Express train. The train to the Dongzhimen Station in Beijing’s Dongcheng District takes just over 20 minutes. To explore the city, make use of Beijing’s extensive subway network - the subway maps are thankfully listed in English.

Beijing travel guides

Beijing travel guides