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Beijing - China
For easy access to all of Beijing's attractions, shops, and restaurants, consider staying in the city's eastern district, Chao Yang, or central district, Dong Cheng. On the other hand, hotels in the northeast of the city, are best for those with early flights or for those wishing to avoid the chaotic Beijing traffic. Visitors will also find great places to stay in the less crowded northwest district Hai Dian.
Northeast Third Ring Road
In this corner of Chao Yang you will find a number of four- and five-star hotels. The area is in easy proximity to downtown, the airport, Beijing's cultural and night life, and accessible transportation. Mainly geared for affluent business travelers, the hotels are comfortable although a little pricey. The Kempinski Hotel, the Great Wall Sheraton and the Hilton are perennial favorites. The distinguished Landmark Hotel can also be found on North Third Ring Road.
Located near the university and hi-tech districts is an abundance of small and modest Chinese hotels and guesthouses. A major exception to this trend is the impressive Shangri-La Hotel—an oasis of five-star luxury, catering to the companies that make up China's Silicon Valley. The Friendship Hotel and Xin Xing Hotel offer fully equipped business and leisure facilities in at moderate rates. Visitors who find their stay extended may way to look into the one and two bedroom suites at the Somerset Zhong Guan Cun. The inexpensive Beijing Xin Ze Hotel offers clean accomodation and a convenient location. The Western Hills District is removed from the throbbing pulse of the city and the resort created by architect I.M. Pei in the Fragrant Hills Hotel makes for a peaceful retreat.
Jian Guo Men Wai/Ri Tan
Not surprisingly, there are many hotels located close to the embassy and commercial areas of this district. Business hotels such as the massive China World Hotel dominate the skyline. More than a hotel, China World encompasses office towers, residential high-rises, a shopping mall and an ice-skating rink. Alternatively, those craving VIP pampering, might prefer to check into the exclusive St. Regis boutique hotel. If you are looking for convenience but are willing to go without the 24 hour butler service promised by the five star giants should look into Paragon Hotel or the Traders Hotel. Backpackers will be happy to find a number of clean and friendly hutong hostels near Hou Hai that offer an inspiring stay in an old style courtyard, including Beijing Hutong Inn and Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Beijing.
Wang Fu Jing
Travelers looking for a little self-indulgence will enjoy the luxury hotels in this area. The five-star Palace Hotel has a tres chic shopping mall, which includes Chanel, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo. Being close to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, many hotels in the area also cater to value-oriented tourists, such as the slightly more affordable Crowne Plaza Beijing and the Peace Hotel. Hotel Kapok is close to the Beijing Central Train Station and offers both leisure and business travelers comfortable and well designed spaces. The formidable Peninsula Hotel is located right on the Wang Fu Jing walking street, as is the Tian Lun Dynasty Hotel. The Taiwan Hotel is tucked away on Jinyu (Goldfish) Hutong, surrounded by traditional gardens and offering comfortable, affordable rooms.
The Holiday Inn Lido is a popular choice for vacationing families. This expatriate enclave is much more than a mere hotel. You will find a bank, business center, European bakery and delicatessen, a Western-style supermarket and drugstore. For some reason, the Lido Starbucks is a common meeting place for small tour groups heading out of the city. Chao Yang District offers some of Beijing's most extensive dining, shopping and entertainment, so the hotels here tend to cater to leisure travelers, but most have facilities to keep business travelers well connected, rested, and prepared. The 21 Century Hotel near the Exhibition Center offers excellent value. The Qing Lan Plaza Hotel is a hidden gem in the center of town. For whatever reason you may be traveling, JW Marriot Hotel is an excellent choice for comfort and location. The Furong Hotel makes an excellent spot to discover the city from. If being in the center of the action is what you are looking for, yet your budget is small, head for Gong Ti Youth Hostel near the Workers Stadium. Likewise, some of the city's best night clubs are within a stone's throw of Beijing City Hotel. Beijing's reputation for sporting events can be enjoyed at Beijing Continental Grand Hotel which was built as part of the Asian Games Village complex. Luxurious surroundings and modest room rates are found at the Golden Leaf Building.
With a number of historical sites, the city's business center and main train station, Dong Cheng offers travelers a variety of hotels. Business travelers will enjoy the proximity to downtown and distinctive attention to detail provided by the Regent Beijing. The Grand Hyatt maintains quite a presence at Wang Fu Jing. The hotel within Poly Plaza has the benefit of an entire entertainment complex at their doorstep, including easy access to Beijing's cultural center, the Poly Theater. Visitors who are interested in exploring the historical sites around the capital might want to stay at Grand Hotel Beijing, which is the hotel closest to Tiananmen Square. Affordable hotels and hostels can be found north of the Tiananmen complex. Best explored on foot is the nearby historic Bei Hai Park and lots of hutongs. Such hotels as Yue Yuan Hotel, and Nei Meng Gu Hotel offer guests an affordable look at Beijing from the center of town. Backpackers should look into the comfort and affordability of City Central International Youth Hostel.