Hotels in China

In the past hotels in China were often uniformly poor quality, dirty and unwelcoming. Nowadays there are numerous hotel choices in China ranging from luxury properties ranking among the best in the world, to clean and tidy budget places. Plenty of the older style remain, however, and are often used by unthinking tour companies, so careful selection is essential. Our preferred choices of hotels in China for our group tours are a selection of good 4- and 5-star hotels. For private tours we can offer a range of choices, especially in the big cities of Beijing and Shanghai, from the deluxe to the budget and from the historic to the trendy boutique.

This a selection of our current favourites in major cities.


Redwall Garden Hotel Beijing

4* Redwall Garden Hotel - Boutique hotel
41 Shijia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing; tel: 010-51692222
Our opinion: Traditional 'hutong' courtyard house reimagined, giving a light airy feel to a boutique hideaway in the centre of Beijing.

5* The Opposite House - Boutique hotel
Building 1, Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, 11 Sanlitun Street, Beijing; tel: 010-64176688
Our opinion: Luxury boutique hotel near to Sanlitun bar street and embassy district offering sleek contemporary design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. A haven of peace and minimalist design in the bustling city.

4* Jade Garden Hotel
1 Nanheyan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing; tel: 010-58580909
Our opinion: Historic hotel with excellent location close to the Forbidden City and Wangfujing, Beijing's premier shopping street.

4* Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen Hotel
1 Chunxiu Road, Beijing; tel: 010-64169999
Our opinion: Clean, modern hotel geared to Western travellers in good central location, 4-star standard.

4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel
1 Chongwenmenxi Dajie, Beijing; tel: 010-65133366
Our opinion: Convenient, central hotel with great access to public transport.

4* Bamboo Garden Courtyard Hotel - Character hotel
24 Xiaoshiqiao, Jiugulou Street, Beijing; tel: 010-58520088
Our opinion: Traditional-style courtyard hotel dating from the 19th century in beautiful gardens in 'hutong' near to Lake Houhai and Drum Tower.

Peking Yard Hostel - Cheap and cheerful
Jia 28, Wangzhima Hutong, Beijing; tel: 010-84048787
Our opinion: Popular backpacker haunt, set in traditional Qing dynasty courtyard in the 'hutong' district, the best hostel in town.


Sunrise on the Bund Hotel Shanghai

5* Ocean Hotel
1171 Dong Da Ming Road, Shanghai; tel: 021-65458888
Our opinion: Recently refurbished hotel in north Shanghai providing comfortable rooms.

5* URBN Hotel - Boutique hotel
183 Jiaozhou Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai; tel: 021-51534600
Our opinion: Stylish luxury modernist boutique hotel with eco-friendly "green" credentials.

4* Indigo Hotel Shanghai on the Bund - Boutique hotel
585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, Shanghai; tel: 021-33029999
Our opinion: Bright and welcoming boutique style hotel at the southern end of the Bund providing comfortable accommodation and great service. Stunning views from the south of the Bund, with Pudong on the right and the Bund on the left.

4* Mansion House Hotel - Character hotel
82 Xin Le Road, Shanghai; tel: 021-54039888
Our opinion: A converted Art Deco mansion filled with period antiques to give a flavour of old Shanghai. Successfully combines historic furnishings with modern luxury like no other hotel in the city.

3* Astor House Hotel - Character hotel
15 Huangpu Road, Shanghai; tel: 021-63246388
Our opinion: Shanghai's first Western-style hotel, with the current buildings dating from the early 20th century. Full of atmosphere and character.


Sofitel Hotel Xi'an

5* Sofitel on Renmin Square Hotel - Luxury hotel
319 Dongxin Street, Xi'an; tel: 029-87928888
Our opinion: Xi'an's premier city centre choice.

4*+5* Holiday Inn Big Wild Goose Pagoda Hotel
398 South 2nd Ring Road, Xi'an; tel: 029-88199977
Our opinion: New modern hotel with large clean rooms in good position.

4* Somerset Xindicheng Xian
64 West South 2nd Ring Road, Xi'an; tel: 029-8790 9888
Our opinion: New modern well-fitted serviced apartments in good position offering value for money.


Lijiang Waterfall Hotel Guilin

4*+/5* Grand Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin; tel: 0773-2822884
Our opinion: Local 5-star hotel of 4-star plus standard, centrally located and well-reviewed.

5* Guilin Shangri-la Hotel - Luxury hotel
111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin; tel: 0773-2698888
Our opinion: Guilin's no. 1 hotel, providing the highest luxury and facilities.

3.5/4* New Century Hotel
Pantao Road, Yangshuo; tel: 0773-8829819
Our opinion: Functional hotel in small town of Yangshuo.

3* Magnolia Inn
7 Die-Cui Road, Yangshuo; tel: 0773-8819288
Our opinion: Simple boutique hotel mixing traditional elements and style with friendly service


Harbour Grand Hotel Kowloon

5* Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel
20 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden, Kowloon; tel: (852) 2621 3188
Our opinion: Reliable luxury 5-star hotel with great harbour views.

4* Eaton Hotel
380 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon; tel: (852) 2782 1818
Our opinion: Perennial favourite for those seeking good value and a lively location in Kowloon with good transport access.


Buddha Zen Hotel Chengdu

4* Buddha Zen Hotel - Character hotel
B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu; tel: 028-86929898
Our opinion: Hotel furnished in traditional Chinese style in the heart of Chengdu's old quarter.

4* Yinhe Dynasty Hotel
88 Shuncheng Street, Chengdu; tel: 028-86009099
Our opinion: Traditional Chinese-style 4-star hotel in city centre location.


Hilton Sanya Resort

5* Hilton Sanya Resort and Spa
Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya, Hainan Island; tel: 0898-88588888
Our opinion: One of the best of the beach resorts on Yalong Bay, Sanya's best beach.

5* Mangrove Tree Resort
Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya, Hainan Island; tel: 0898-88558888
Our opinion:Another good Yalong Bay 5-star resort. Less expensive than Hilton or Sheraton.


Hotel Soul Suzhou

4* Hotel Soul
27-33 Qiaosikong Xiang, Suzhou; tel: 0512-67770777
Our opinion: Modern-style boutique hotel in the city centre.

4* Pingjiang Lodge Character hotel
33 Liu Jia Xiang, Ping Jiang Qu, Suzhou; tel: 0512-65233888
Our opinion: Character hotel formed from a series of courtyards once the home of a wealthy family, and furnished in traditional antique Chinese style.


Landscape Hotel Dali

5* Regent Hotel
East Yu'er Road, Dali; tel: 0872-2666666
Our opinion: Modern hotel on the outskirts of old Dali offering the best upmarket option.

3* Landscape Hotel - Character hotel
96 Yu'er Road, Dali; tel: 0872-266618
Our opinion: Modern hotel but built and furnished in traditional local style of the Bai people.


Zen Garden Wuyi Yard Lijiang

4* Zen Garden Hotel (Wuyi Yard) - Character hotel
6 Xingren Xia Duan, Wuyi Street, Lijiang; tel: 0888-5189799
Our opinion:Traditional Naxi courtyard style hotel overlooking the old town.

5* Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Hotel
276 Xianghe Road, Dayan Town, Lijiang; tel: 0888-5588888
Our opinion: Comfortable modern 5-star hotel in excellent location in heart of the old town.


Dejuyuan Inn Pingyao

3* Dejuyuan Inn - Character hotel
43 Xi Da Street, Pingyao; tel: 0354-5685266
Our opinion:19-room inn furnished in antique style in old courtyard within the city walls.

3* Changyifeng Inn - Character hotel
102 Nan Da Street, Pingyao; tel: 0354-5680285
Our opinion:Larger inn of 44 rooms, in the heart of Pingyao, furnished in traditional style, including kang platform beds.


Songstam Lodge

5* Banyan Tree Ringha Resort and Spa - Character hotel
Hong Po Village, Jian Tang Town, Diqing; tel: 0887 828 8822
Our opinion:Deluxe resort created from traditional Tibetan-style farmhouses.

4* Songstam Shangri-la - Character hotel
Diqing; tel: 0887 822 3646
Our opinion:Flagship property of a chain of small boutique lodges in north Yunnan. Housed in Tibetan-style traditional house near to Songzhulin monastery

4* Songtsam Retreat - Character hotel
Songzhulin; tel: 0887 828 5555
Our opinion:Recently opened upmarket boutique hotel in the hills overlooking Songzhulin monastery