Chinaful Insider Guide: STAY in Beijing
My view of Beijing in September from the Park Hyatt
As summer turns into fall, I can’t help but think of how beautiful Beijing is this time of year. Far away from spring’s sandstorms and winter’s ice-cold temperatures, fall often brings clear skies and crispness in the air. It’s the best time to visit Beijing. We’ve shared with you where to shop and where to eat in earlier Chinaful Insider Guides. If you’re interested in planning a trip, here are a few of my favorite places to stay.
- Opposite House: For luxury, this is generally the standard choice. It’s situated in the middle of Sanlitun, a busy shopping and nightlife area smack-dab in Chaoyang. With cool restaurants and lounges, and a minimalist decor, you’ll feel firmly within 21st Century Beijing. The Village Building 1, 11 Sanlitun Lu, near Dongzhimenwai Dajie +86 10 6417 6688, www.theoppositehouse.com
- Park Hyatt: I’ve reviewed this fantastic hotel before here, and after staying there nearly every time I’m in Beijing, this is my pick for the view, the food, and the rooms. 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, near Dongsanhuan Zhonglu +86 10 8567 1234, beijing.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels
- The Peninsula: This hotel chain is one of my top choices, both in Beijing and throughout Asia. Peninsula brings British colonial service with authentic Asian flair (and a killer spa). This option is in the middle of Wangfujing, not my ideal location but a good jumping off point for many of the sights. Be sure not to miss snack street, offering crazy foods like scorpion and sweet candied fruits, right outside the hotel. 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, near Dongdan Beidajie +86 10 8516 2888, www.peninsula.com
- Grace Beijing: I haven’t stayed here before, but this newcomer boutique lies in the middle of 798 District, an arts haven in old weapons factories. I love this area for its hipster vibe and relaxed approach, as well as fantastic art. Definitely worth considering in the mid-range options if you are interested in an alternative take on Beijing. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, 798 Yishu Qu, 706 Hou Jie 1 Hao +86 10 6436 1818, www.gracebeijing.com
- Courtyard 7: Another new option that I haven’t personally stayed in, yet in an area so perfect I can’t help but recommend it. The little hutong neighborhood of Nanluoguxiang is my number one recommendation and personal choice to spend a day off in Beijing. The little cafes, boutiques, and bars, along with cobbled streets and old houses, present a slice of old Beijing mixed with new style. Next time I travel to Beijing for fun, this is where I’ll stay. 7 Qianguloyuan Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang +86 10 6406 0777, room rates: www.courtyard7.com
Have you stayed in Beijing? Do you have a favorite to recommend? Let us know!