Beijing's Best Hotels: The height of luxury in the capital of the Middle Kingdom

Beijing's luxury hotels offer everything the choosy traveler could ever desire in a lodging.

Most luxury hotels in Beijing offer in-house dining and nightlife. With many five-star options to choose from, you'll be wined and dined without ever stepping foot outside your hotel. Many of the city's elite entertain themselves in the capital's finer hotel restaurants and bars, and they are hotbeds for places to see and be seen.

From world-class spas that offer eastern and western treatments to fully-stocked gyms with trained staff and international gear, these hotels cater to every need your tired body may have. And if the hotel can't provide what you're looking for they can surely point you in the right direction!

Friendly staff and helpful concierge are prerequisites for success in Beijing's competitive luxury hotel market, and these fine establishments vie for bragging points over who has the best staff. Most staff who interact with the public speak English as well as Chinese, and some hotels offer services in other languages, including French, German and Japanese. In addition to making your stay at the hotel a pleasant one, concierge assist in travel planning, tour booking and general transportation and city guidance. They can book cars, buses or even provide maps for your stay in the capital, and most know the city extremely well.

Location is everything, and Beijing's luxury hotels are not located on the fringes. Many of these hotels occupy prime real estate in downtown Beijing, withing walking distance of some of the city's top sights, like the Forbidden City, Wangfujing or the embassy district.


Luxury was redefined when the Westin Beijing Financial Street opened in the capital. You'll find one of the best spas and gyms in the city here, as well as a host of classes like yoga, Pilates and tai qi. The business center is spot on and provides everything the working professional needs. On site restaurants and bars make this a one-stop shop, while it's prime location means it's ideal for anyone doing business or touring in the capital.

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The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel has all the hallmarks of a pleasant western-standard lodging facility. World-class concierge, friendly staff, elegant and bold decor and an addiction to quality all make it one of the finer options in town. On site restaurant, bar and recreational facilities make this a one-stop shop for any traveler or businessman on the go.

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Sofitel Wanda Beijing
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If you're in Beijing for business then you're sure to be considering the Sofitel Wanda Beijing. Located in the same mega structure are restaurants galore, bars, shops and everything you'd ever need to make your stay in the capital a pleasant one. The hotel itself offers a business center, helpful concierge and can book spa and travel tours for you.

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Hotel Kunlun
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Located near the new embassy district, the Hotel Kunlun offers easy access for the traveling diplomat. The sub levels host a mall full of western-style clothing and accessories, and the hotel itself offers dining, breakfast, a bar and a business center and spa. Nearby you'll find some of the city's most famous restaurants and bars as well as easy access to the subway and third-ring road.

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The Peninsula Beijing
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Located near the Forbidden City, the Peninsula Beijing is one of the older, more established luxury hotels in downtown Beijing. Famous for it's attention to detail, the Peninsula offers a range of amenities to cater to their guest's every need. From a thriving business center to an in-house spa, shopping, bar and dining options, the hotel seemingly has it all.

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Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
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Located in the city's prime shopping area, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing offers access to the city's best pedestrian shopping way, a host of malls, and all the fine dining and nightlife that accompany it. On site you'll find one of the city's best spas with a blend of eastern and western medicines and relaxation techniques. You'll also be able to enjoy a wonderful gym, business center and on-site restaurants and bar. The real attraction is the location, one of the best in the city for tourism and travel.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing
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Like the mystical fantasy land in the mountains of Tibet, the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing offers an escape from reality and into a world of international luxury. This hotel represents the ideal blend of eastern and western decor, service and amenities. The spa offers western and TCM packages, the business center is bilingual and the concierge helpful.

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Beijing Hotel
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Named after it's host city, the Beijing Hotel offers luxury at an affordable price. You'll find all the standard amenities including travel services and advice, a spa, business center and world-class decorations. Located in a convenient area, you'll have access to the city's major transportation hubs and sights as well.

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Grand Hyatt Beijing
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One of the city's older Western-style hotels, the Grand Hyatt Beijing is located on the main drag in central Beijing. From it's heyday as the go-to lodging spot for dignitaries and businessmen, the hotel has continued to thrive with tourists and choosy travelers. The Grand Hyatt offers a spa, dining, nightlife options and a happily helpful concierge intent on making your stay in Beijing a pleasant one.

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Fairmont Beijing Hotel
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With five-star service and an addiction to quality, the Fairmont Beijing offers Western standards in the heart of the city. You'll have direct access to the city's sights, as well as be in the center of the business district. Additionally, the Fairmont Beijing offers a spa service, an active business center, a friendly and helpful concierge and first-class dining.

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Lauren has been living in Asia for the past five years. She holds a master's degree in Asian history. Lauren spends her free time reading, writing and traveling and visiting zoos in every city possible.