Beijing Accommodation Guide
A Visual Guide to where to stay in Beijing
The layout of Beijing City is well-programmed, like a checkerboard distributing around five main ring roads. The innermost one is call Neihuan Road (Inner Ring Road), and outward there are in turn the Second Ring Road, the Third Ring Road, the Fourth Ring Road and the Fifth Ring Road.
The area around Neihuan Road and the Second Ring Road is the ancient city zone of Beijing, mainly consisting of Dongcheng District, Xicheng District, Chongwen District and Xuanwu District. It is the city center of Beijing. Most Beijing’s famous attractions concentrate there, including the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Beihai Park, the Temple of Heaven, Wangfujing Pedestrian Street and National Grand Theater. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Dongcheng and Xicheng districts were called the Inner City, housing royal families, high-ranking officials, powerful and distinguished persons.
Beijing accommodations around Neihuan Road and the Second Ring Road are the most popular for their convenient location, easy access to major attractions in Beijing, shopping centers and restaurants.
Where to Stay In Beijing
- One of Beijing’s most popular nightlife venues
- South of it is the Nanluoguxiang Hutong, one of Beijing’s best-preserved Hutongs
- surrounded by well-preserved former mansions of princes, Hutongs and Sihuyangs
- Close to Forbidden City and the Tian’anmen Square
- One of biggest shopping street in Beijing
- A coveted location for tourists
- Dongdan, adjacent to Wangfujing Street, is a subway conjunction
- Xidan, a subway junction, provides plenty of fashion bazaars
- China's most important financial regulation center
- Holds all three national regulatory commissions of the central government and over 1000 financial institutions
- Luxury five-star hotels and upscale retails spread all over the area
- Houses more than 60 percent of overseas-funded companies in Beijing
- Locates majority of foreign embassies in Beijing
- Provides high-end five-star hotels, upscale shopping malls and restaurants
- Traditional Beijing style and features are best-preserved
- With walking distance to the Tian’anmen Square
- Many famous ancient Beijing brands are concentrated there
Located around the Second Ring Road, area from Houhai to the Drum Tower then to Nanluoguxiang Hutong is considered to be the most romantic, vibrant and traditional area of Beijing.
Houhai, one of the three parts of Shichaihai Lakes, was an exclusive imperial lake only. Now Houhai area is one of Beijing’s most popular nightlife venues. It provides various kinds of restaurants, bars and cafes. Walking east from Houhai, you can get to the Drum Tower. Then go south you will reach Nanluoguxiang Hutong, one of Beijing’s best-preserved Hutongs. Now it is a bazaar providing various kinds of traditional Beijing snacks and handcrafts.
Houhai is surrounded by well-preserved former mansions of princes, Hutongs and Sihuyangs. Stay at a Houhai’s Siheyuan-style hotel can be impressive and interesting. Siheyuan (quadrangle: a compound with houses around a square courtyard) is a classic type of Beijing’s traditional architecture.
There are many Siheyuan-style hotels located in Houhai, traditional layouts equipped with everything you might need. It may let you feel the traditional culture of Beijing and the perfect combination of traditional and modern.
Recommended Accommodations at Houhai
1 Citycourt Hotel
It is a traditional Siheyuan (courtyard-style) hotel from only $ is good value for money.
Address: No.14 Liulisi Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing
2 Qintang Courtyard 7 Hotel Recommended by Tripadvisor
It is a luxury Siheyuan Hotel from $ .
Address: No.7 Qiangu Louyuan Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing
3 Graceland Yard Beijing
It is a boutique courtyard thematic hotel with the theme of zen Buddhism from $ .
Address: No.9 Zhengjue Lane, Xicheng District, Beijing
4 Beijing Red Capital Residence
It is a boutique courtyard hotel located near the City Center of Beijing, adjacent to the Beijing Railway Station and Wangfujing Street from $ .
Address: No.9 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
5 Bamboo Garden Hotel
It is a classical Chinese courtyard-style structure hotel in a quiet lane of the Drum Tower in Beijing from $ .
Address: 24, Xiaoshiqiao Lane, Jiugulou Road, Beijing
Most Beijing’s luxury hotels are concentrated around the Second Ring Road, from Chang’an Street, Dongdan and Jianguomen, and the Central Business District at the East Third Ring Road. There locates government office buildings, high-classic business buildings, large shopping malls, with easy transport to every corner of Beijing. Accommodations at Wangfujing Street, Dongdan, Xidan, Financial Street and the Central Business District of Beijing are popular with tourists and businessmen.
Shopping and Touring — Wangfujing Street, Dongdan and Xidan
Hotels around Wangfujing Street are coveted locations for tourists. There are many luxury five-star and four-star hotels on the Wangfujing Street.
Among them, Wangfujing Street is the most popular. It is located only 1.2 kilometers from the Forbidden City and the Tian’anmen Square. It is the most prosperous area around the Second Ring Road and has a stop on subway line 1. It houses over 12 large shopping malls and plenty of various boutiques including traditional Chinese stores and famous western brands and restaurants and coffee houses.
Hotels around Wangfujing Street are coveted location for tourists. There many luxury five-star and four-star hotels on the Wangfujing Street. Five-star hotels: 1 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, one of the Top Five Luxury Hotels in Beijing, 2 Raffles Beijing Hotel from $, and 3 Crowne Plaza from $ are recommended. Four-star hotel 4 Sunworld Hotel is our best seller.
Many moderate and budget hotels located at the alleys adjacent to the Wangfujing Street 5 Hanting Inns Wangfujing Street, from only $ is also popular with many tourists.
Traditional Beijing Sihuyuan hotels are also available adjacent to Wangfujing Street. 6 Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel one of our best-sellers, from $, is recommended.
The transportation around Wangfujing Street is very convenient. Subway line 1 has a stop there. Dongdan Business Area, located at the east of the Wangfujing Street, is a conjunction subway line 1 and line 5.
Xidan Business Area
Xidan Business Area, situated 2 kilometers west from the Ti’an’anmen Square, is dotted with fashion bazaars which are very popular with young people. It provides many moderate and budget hotels and hostels. 7 7 Days Inn Xidan, a two-star hotel from only $ is good value for money. Enjoyable four-star hotels are available there, and 8 Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing from $ and 9 Guangzhou Hotel Beijing from $ sare recommended.
Business, Finance and Exclusive Luxury — Beijing Financial Street and Beijing Central Business District
Beijing Financial Street, located at the West Second Ring Road, is China's most important financial regulation center. Called China's Wall Street, it houses the central bank, all three national regulatory commissions of the central government and over 1000 financial institutions, including People's Bank of China (PBOC), China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), and China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC). Luxury five-star hotels and upscale retails spread all over the area. You will impressed by the vibrant community atmosphere there.
Recommended Accommodations at Beijing Financial Street
1 The Ritz Carlton Beijing Financial Street Recommended by Tripadvisor
It is the premier choice of the business traveler, thanks to an indoor pool and a 1500 sqm spa & fitness center, as well as temperature-controlled Jacuzzi beds. Pitch in an infinite selection of Hollywood classics and a dining room (and room-service) specializing in the best local and international cuisine, complemented with a choice of 3000 different wines, and the preeminence of the Ritz Carlton Beijing is secured!Price from $
Address: No.1 East Jinchengfang Street, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
2 The Westin Beijing Financial Street Recommended by Tripadvisor
It is adjacent to Xidan Shopping Center, Qianmen Shopping Street, the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square. Westin Heavenly beds, superb spa and food are very impressive and enjoyable. Price from $
Address: No.9B Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
3 InterContinental Financial Street Beijing Recommended by Tripadvisor
It is known for its luxuriously laid out, sumptuously large rooms. With its marvelous spa and first-class service. Price from $
Address: No.11 Financial Street, Xicheng District
Recommended Accommodations at Beijing Central Business District
Beijing Central Business District at East Third Ring Road, houses 117 Fortune 500 businesses in the financial, media, information technology, more than 60 percent of overseas-funded companies in Beijing and a majority of foreign embassies in Beijing. It provides high-end five-star hotels, upscale shopping malls and restaurants.
1Fairmont Beijing Top Choice hotel in Beijing on Tripadvisor 2011
With its superb service, its magnificent rose-gold glass curtain facade, its top-notch gym & spa facilities and its stylish, unconventional room layouts, the distinctive Fairmont Beijing hotel is the city's newest symbol of unabashed luxury.
Address: No.8 Yong'an Dongli, Jianguo Menwai Main Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
2China World Hotel Beijing
Located at 1 Jiangguomen Outer Avenue, it is only about 200 meters from subway station of subway line 1 and line 10.
Address: No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Moderate and budget hotels of Beijing are mainly located around Kuangjie Street and Qianmen Street. This area is adjacent to the city center of Beijing, with easy access to large amount of public buses. Good value for money is the advantage of the hotels there.
Qianmen, also called Zhengyang Gate, is the south gate of the ancient Beijing City, with walking distance to the Tian’anmen Square. Qianmen Street and Dazhalan Area is where the traditional Beijing style and features are best-preserved in Beijing, and many famous ancient Beijing brands are concentrated there, including the largest silk and Qipao store in ancient China: Ruifuxiang and most renowned tea house: Laoshe Tea House, where currently still shows various kinds of traditional performances of ancient Beijing.
Hotels around Qianmen and Dazhalan Area are mainly budget hotels. Luxury five-star and four-star hotels are also available.
Recommended budget Qianmen hotels:
1 Beijing Huafu International Hotel
It is located on No.53 Wangfujing Donganmen Street, Donfcheng District. Price from $
Address: Donganmen Street 53, Wangfujing, Beijing
2 King Parkview Hotel Beijing
It's well-located for sightseeing, with the Forbidden City to the south, Jingshan Mountain to the west and Houhai Bar Street to the north. Price form $
Address: Donganmen Street 53, Wangfujing, Beijing
3 Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
It is customary for the Days Inn franchise network, by a respected and experienced hotelier, is centrally located in downtown Beijing. Price form $
Address: #1 Nanwanzi Lane, Nanyanhe Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing
4 Capital Hotel Beijing
As the best-seller of hotels around Qianmen, it is a five-star from only $ . It was part of the remake of the capital city during the lead-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Address: 3 Qian Men, East Avenue
5 Chong Wen Men Hotel
Address: No.2 West Chong Wen Men Street Beijing China