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Last updated: 02 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Thomas O’Malley

Housed in an eye-catching glass cube designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, this is one of Beijing’s most design-oriented hotels. Minimalist rooms are dressed in blonde woods and white furnishings, with spa-style bathrooms and wooden tubs.

The location, right in the middle of Beijing’s main nightlife district, is ideal for night owls and fashionistas.

The pick of the hotel’s in-house restaurants is Jing Yaa Tang, serving traditional wood-fired Peking duck alongside the greatest hits of regional Chinese cooking.

Surrounding area

In the heart of Sanlitun, a little way east of the centre. The Opposite House is integrated into Taikoo Li, a swanky shopping, entertainment and dining area. The adjacent Nali Patio boasts some of Beijing’s liveliest bars and restaurants.

It’s an energetic, all-hours location – perfect for night owls, but not those seeking peace and quiet.

Subway stations aren’t particularly convenient, and Sanlitun is a notorious traffic jam after dark, so transport in and out of the area can be an issue.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Beihai Park

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Bell Tower

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Best for ages: 13+ | £3

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front entrance to Confucius-Temple

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A burgeoning megacity with one foot in the past, Beijing is a marvellous melange of UNESCO-listed heritage buildings set within an ever-more tech-forward cityscape. Come for the culture, the people, and of course the food.

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