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Rooms under £100: Beijing

Flourishing since the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese capital has reinvented itself, and there’s a new generation of smart hotels to discover

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Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel, Beijing

Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel

01 Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel
A traditional hutong-style building filled with antiques and delicate paintings, the Sandalwood has an air of Old Beijing about it. Feeling flush? Try the wonderfully outré Presidential Suite. Rooms from £60. shichahaisandalwoodboutiquehotel.com

Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing

Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing

02 Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing
Shangri-La’s affordable new brand has landed in Beijing. Although its location (in Lido, 30 minutes from the Forbidden City) is best for business travellers, the slick rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and on-site art gallery mean it’s a great choice for leisure visitors as well. Rooms from £82. hoteljen.com

Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel. Image: Getty

Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel. Image: Getty

03 Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel
As the name might suggest, this hotel has its very own shadow art theatre. With regular performances by established shadow puppetry artists, a stay here will guarantee your culture fix. The building blends traditional, intricately carved decorations with simple, minimalist furnishings. Rooms from £78. shadowarthotel.com

The Emperor Qianmen

The Emperor Qianmen

04 The Emperor Qianmen
Water, water everywhere at this design-led hotel, where all the rooms are based on an aquatic theme. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio, its rooftop terrace offers stunning views over Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The free extras (minibar and a phone call home) really seal the deal. Rooms from £73. theemperor.com.cn


Published in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)