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Where to Stay in Beijing: A Mixture of Tradition & Modernity

Dating back three millennia, Beijing has seen numerous eras, dynasties and cultures pass through its city limits. They’ve all left an imprint on this diverse and enigmatic city, from the ancient Forbidden City and sprawling Tiananmen Square to its succulent global cuisine and mesmerising contemporary architecture.

This blend of centuries-old traditions and modern influences is best experienced by staying in the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve tracked down the most popular neighbourhoods in Beijing for sightseeing. We’ve also highlighted the best hotels for each area, so you can relax and focus on the sights and experiences you want to tick off your bucket list.

Wangfujing Snack Street in Beijing

Why You Should Stay in Wangfujing

Located in the Dongcheng District, Wangfujing is one of the most famous shopping strips in Beijing, renowned for its pedestrian-friendly street stalls and more than 280 of the city’s top brands. Wangfujing has been a prominent part of Beijing since the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today it’s a great spot for purchasing exotic street food, high-street fashion and electronics.

Must-Do Wangfujing Experiences

  • Browse designer fashion at the Beijing Department Store or The Malls at Oriental Plaza.  
  • Admire an array of paintings and sculptures at the National Art Museum of China.
  • Dine on delicious local specialties at The Grandma’s restaurant or Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant.

Top Hotels in Wangfujing

The Peninsula Beijing

The Peninsula Beijing bedroomAn opulent all-suite hotel, The Peninsula Beijing sets a high standard of luxury with its range of finely-furnished suites, including the Superior Suite and extravagant Beijing Suite. These elegant holiday abodes combine a bespoke interior design with traditional Chinese motifs and art. They also have state-of-the-art in-room technology and city vistas.

Enjoy pampering wellness services on site, including the luxe Peninsula Spa, fully-equipped fitness centre and crystalline indoor pool. Gourmet on-site dining showcases contemporary French cuisine with Asian influences at Jing Restaurant and modern Mediterranean fare on a rooftop at YUN Summer Lounge. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Laoshe Former Residence (1 kilometre)
  • Wangfujing Pedestrian Street (950 metres)
  • Lishi Hutong Courtyard House (1 .1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 224 – USD 1,135
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: 8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Waldorf Astoria Beijing restaurantHotelsCombined visitors speak highly of the excellent on-site dining and superb swimming pool at the 5-star Waldorf Astoria Beijing. This extravagant hotel expertly mixes rich Chinese traditions with modern comforts, from the Oriental-inspired decor and limousine service to the signature treatments at the Waldorf Astoria Spa and indoor heated pool with Jacuzzi.

The highlights of the guest rooms include the King Deluxe Room with plush linens and the King Premier Terrace Room with a private terrace overlooking the garden courtyard. You can also upgrade to one of the impressive suites, such as the Presidential Suite with a kitchen, lounge, chandelier and soaking bath.

Nearby Attractions

  • Wangfujing Pedestrian Street (750 metres)
  • Molly Malone’s bar (500 metres)
  • Cai Yuanpei Former Residence (500 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 281 – USD 541
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 5-15 Jinyu Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Hotel Location

China popular restaurant alley colourful neon signs at Beijing

Why You Should Stay in Qianmen

Stretching from the ancient Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen to the beginning of Tian Tan Park, Qianmen is a famous pedestrian street popular for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Dating back around 600 years, this fascinating strip of history and modern culture pairs bustling markets and nightlife hangouts with ancient structures.

Must-Do Qianmen Experiences

  • Ride on the historic Dangdang Che, a sightseeing tram that dates back to 1924.
  • Admire the 15th-century Zhengyang Gate and its adjoining historical museum.
  • Visit Old Beijing Luzhu for sumptuous Chinese cuisine.

Top Hotels in Qianmen

Kingrand Hotel Beijing

Kingrand Hotel Beijing bedroomSlip into utter comfort and style at Kingrand Hotel Beijing, where the cosy rooms and suites feature king-size beds, complimentary Wi-Fi and sunlit windows. The Hot Spring Suite offers the most opulence with its in-room Jacuzzi and timber work desk. Don’t forget to indulge in some international dining at the on-site buffet or Rain Forest Café.

Along with a chess room, fitness centre and massage room, this hotel features a sauna, swimming pool and hot spring. You’ll also find a range of convenient services, from a knowledgeable concierge and shoe shining to car rentals and a laundry.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Liu Laogen Grand Stage (650 metres)
  • China Crown Cap Cultural Museum (1 kilometre)
  • Tianqiao Acrobatics Theatre (1 kilometre)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 105 – USD 230
Guest Rating: 8
Address: No.18 East Street Zhushikou, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Capital Hotel Beijing

Capital Hotel Beijing bedroomCapital Hotel Beijing offers a seamless Beijing holiday with its impeccable service and convenient location. The rooms and suites range from the Superior Room and Deluxe Room with glass walls and cosy beds to the 500-square-metre Presidential Suite with a Jacuzzi, 24-hour butler service and separate dining room. There’s also a fun-filled Room for Children and a Business Suite with views of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Fun and relaxation come naturally at this hotel, whether you’re swimming in the heated pool, practising your swing at the Golf Bar or enjoying the pampering Korean Sauna. You can also belt out karaoke songs at Xinmai KTV, watch weekend concerts at Verona Bar or indulge in Korean delicacies at Ms. Kim Restaurant. 

Nearby Attractions

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 89 – USD 169
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 3 Qian Men East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Hotel Location

Sanlitun Bar Street in Beijing

Why You Should Stay in Sanlitun

A fashionable dining and nightlife neighbourhood near the sprawling Sun Park, Sanlitun is a great place to enjoy upscale Chinese fare, lively karaoke bars, laid-back cocktail lounges and late-night disco clubs. You’ll find a range of international brand stores lining the maze of streets, while the Chaowai Morning Market is filled with locals hunting for fresh produce. 

Must-Do Sanlitun Experiences

  • Stroll along the central Sanlitun Road while browsing upmarket clothing retailers.
  • Try delicious Latino cuisine at Mosto or Mediterranean fare at Sureno.
  • Party the night away at Red Moon Club or Apothecary.

Top Hotels in Sanlitun

The Opposite House

The Opposite House bedroomSurrounded by some of Beijing’s best natural attractions, The Opposite House complements its neighbouring natural spoils with an architect-designed building, opulent rooms and first-class on-site facilities. These facilities include a 22-metre stainless-steel pool, hi-tech gym and the contemporary Mesh bar with live DJs. You can also dine on the famous Beijing roast duck at the Jing Yaa Tang restaurant.

The spacious rooms and suites offer between 45 square metres to 390 square metres of living area. Each one comes with a king-size bed, natural wood finishes, luxe cotton linen and a deep-soaking bath. Upgrade to The Penthouse for a large rooftop terrace, full kitchen, rain shower and Nespresso machine.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Beihai Botanical Park China (1.2 kilometres)
  • Jingshan Park (1.5 kilometres)
  • Yuhe Relic Site Museum (600 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 218 – USD 339
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Building 1 No 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun

InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun bedroomPositioned on the Landmark River, InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun is a stylish hotel near some of Beijing’s top nightlife. You’ll get a peaceful night’s sleep in the Classic Rooms, Executive Rooms or Suites, which all feature contemporary furnishings, king-size beds, LCD smart TVs and Bluetooth music stations. The Suites provide more space, iconic Sanlitun views and separate living areas.

Enjoy gourmet on-site dining, from the exotic cuisine at Ying Chinese and Ying Japanese to the premium steak at Char Dining Room & Lounge. You can also sip on single malt whisky at Top Bar, swim in the inviting indoor pool and take advantage of the limousine service.

Nearby Attractions

  • Garden of Harmonious Interests (1 kilometre)
  • China Agricultural Museum (1.4 kilometre)
  • Schindler’s Anlegestelle restaurant (350 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 283 – USD 665
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: No. 1 San Li Tun, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

Hotel Location

Nanluoguxiang

Why You Should Stay in Nanluoguxiang

Few neighbourhoods combine Beijing’s tradition and modernity better than Nanluoguxiang, where the narrow streets (hutongs) lead to Yuan and Qing-dynasty buildings and contemporary live music venues and coffee shops. You’ll also find a variety of independent retailers, sacred temples and family-run eateries.

Must-Do Nanluoguxiang Experiences 

  • Grab a drink at Pass By Bar, the oldest pub on the street home to around 150 beers.
  • Watch live music while drinking infused rum at Salud.
  • Purchase hip t-shirts inspired by old propaganda ads posters and street signs at Plastered T-shirts.

Top Hotels in Nanluoguxiang

Hans Royal Garden Hotel

Hans Royal Garden Hotel restaurantLooking for boutique accommodation in Beijing? Check out Hans Royal Garden Hotel, which features personalised service and traditional Beijing styles. Along with its multifunction hall and on-site coffee shop, this hotel boasts a Chinese restaurant, Western restaurant, lobby bar and free parking. You can also relax in the on-site day spa or enjoy traditional tea in the lounge.

The Deluxe Room offers a king-size bed and cosy furnishings, while the suites provide more space and added luxuries. The Rosewood Suite is particularly inviting with its classic Chinese furnishings and ornate doorways, while the Mediterranean Suite perfectly connects you to the surrounding environment through wide doorways. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Jinding Bridge China (450 metres)
  • Yuhe Relic Site Museum (290 metres)
  • Lotus Market Marina (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 179 – USD 254
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: No. 20 Qinlao Hutong, South Jiaodaokou Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

DuGe Boutique Hotel

DuGe Boutique Hotel bedroomImmerse yourself in classic Chinese traditions, luxury and peace at DuGe Boutique Hotel, which boasts elegant Chinese entrances and architecture. Each room and suite is adorned with crystal chandeliers, courtyard-facing windows, ornate wall coverings and contemporary furnishings. The Peony Pavilion features Shanghai-classic furnishings, while The Imperial has two four-poster beds and The Bamboo has a carved moon gate.

Across the courtyard you’ll find the inviting Reflections restaurant, which pairs Eastern and Western cuisines. The nearby White Russian bar is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink or late-night cocktail.

Nearby Attractions

  • Former Residence of Mao Dun (260 metres)
  • Plastered T-shirts (140 metres)
  • Salud (220 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 203 – USD 328
Guest Rating: 8
Address: No 26 Qianyuanensi Hutong, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Hotel Location

Chaoyang

Why You Should Stay in Chaoyang

Are you looking for non-stop action and sightseeing during your Beijing holiday? Book a hotel in Chaoyang, as this lively district is packed with many of Beijing’s most famous attractions, including the flower-filled Laitai Market, a man-made beach, interactive science museum and the city’s iconic sporting stadium.

Must-Do Chaoyang Experiences

  • Browse the independent artwork and street eats at 798 Art Zone.
  • Admire the vibrant 17th-century Yonghe Temple.
  • Relax among the gardens, fairground, leafy trails and lake at Chaoyang Park.

Top Hotels in Chaoyang

Rosewood Beijing

Rosewood Beijing poolContemporary sophistication and traditional beliefs meet in a brilliant array of sculptures, service and comfort at Rosewood Beijing. This luxurious hotel features the executive-style Manor Club with a pool table, stand-up bar and leather lounges. It also showcases exquisite cuisine at Bistrot B Lounge, which serves Chinese specialties.

The rooms and suites at Rosewood Beijing exude opulence with lavish furnishings, spacious bathrooms, walk-in closets and subtle Oriental decor. Book the Spa Suite for the added luxury of an in-room Jacuzzi, private balcony and massage table. Take advantage of the wellness facilities, such as the pampering Sense Spa, yoga studio, pool and fitness centre.

Nearby Attractions

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 222 – USD 386
Guest Rating: 9.6
Address: No 1 Hujialou, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing lounge

Rising high above the busy streets of Chaoyang, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing offers a tranquil oasis blessed with unbridled luxury. One of the hotel’s biggest draws is the 20-metre sunlit pool and whirlpool with city views. You also have access to a 24-hour gym and the peaceful Tea Garden. Families will appreciate the numerous kids’ activities, such as painting classes and the Kids Spa.

The guest rooms offer ample space, king-size beds, Asian-inspired millwork and abstract art, while the suites are renowned for their extravagance. The Imperial Suite, in particular, boasts a media room, private rooftop terrace, open kitchen, original artwork and panoramic Bangkok views.

Nearby Attractions

  • Century Theater (600 metres)
  • Maiyouyou Children’s Amusement Park (1.4 kilometres)
  • Women’s Street China (700 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 74 – USD 631
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: 48 Xiao Liang Ma Qiao Road, Chao Yang District, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

Hotel Location

Central Business District

Why You Should Stay in the Central Business District

Located slightly west of Beijing’s historic centre, the Central Business District is a mecca for finance, business, media and entertainment. This modern neighbourhood stands out for its iconic skyscrapers, including Fortune Plaza and the Beijing TV Centre. It also features contemporary shopping malls, a nearby pond-filled park and exceptional dining.  

Must-Do Central Business District Experiences 

  • Browse the global fashion retailers at China World Mall.
  • Stroll beneath the towering skyscrapers, particularly the 81-storey China World Trade Center Tower III.
  • Take a break from the city’s bustle in the peaceful Tuanjiehu Park.

Top Hotels in the Central Business District

Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Beijing

Shangri-La's China World Hotel Beijing bedroomDiscover a wealth of Chinese influences and incredible luxuries at Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Beijing. This opulent retreat sits near the heart of Beijing and features almost 600 extravagant rooms and suites. The suites offer the most memorable experience, from the kitchenette and separate dining area in the Grand Garden Suite to the Italian marble Jacuzzi in the China Suite.

There are seven on-site restaurants and bars, including award-winning cuisine at Aria, pre-dinner cocktail in the Lobby Lounge and premium Chinese fare at Summer Palace. Save some time for a swim in the indoor pool, a game on the tennis court or a traditional Chinese massage. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Wangfujing Pedestrian Street (850 metres)
  • The Chinese Museum of Women and Children (850 metres)
  • Dongdan Park (450 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 139 – USD 215
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

Fairmont Beijing

Fairmont Beijing bedroomFairmont Beijing offers 5-star service, amenities and rooms within the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. Enjoy the luxurious swimming pool or the renowned Willow Stream Spa, which provides indulgent signature treatments. Treat yourself to Beijing’s famed Peking duck at the on-site restaurant, Lunar 8, or juicy steaks at The CUT.

The 222 guest rooms are all adorned with contemporary furnishings, down-filled duvets, sunlit windows and rain showers. You can also enjoy the convenience of complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machines and luxe Le Labo bath products. Upgrade to a suite for additional luxuries, such as BOSE music systems or a Jacuzzi. 

Nearby Attractions

  • China World Trade Center Tower III (1.2 kilometres)
  • China World Mall (1.2 kilometres)
  • Qingfeng Park (1.4 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 128 – USD 219
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 8 Yong An Dong Li, Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

Hotel Location

Immerse Yourself in Beijing’s History & Future

Beijing blends deep-rooted traditions and history with contemporary culture and global influences. Experience the best of Beijing’s traditions and modernity by staying in one of the neighbourhoods featured above. All six provide popular hotels that offer impressive on-site amenities, leisure facilities and dining, along with inviting holiday abodes.

Where do you prefer to stay in Beijing? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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