Where to Stay in Beijing

For those who come to visit Beijing for the first time, they may have no idea about where to stay in Beijing, or the best location to find hotel in this city. Considering that there is a large selection of starred hotels, boutiques hotels, traditional Hutong courtyards, hostels and guesthouses to choose from, guests may do not know how to make the choice.

Most of people would like to look for the best place to stay in for sightseeing, shopping or nightlife with conveniet transportation. Where to stay in Beijing will make a big difference to your trip experience. Here I would like to give some advice about the best locations to stay in Beijing for tourists. Wangfujing, Nanluoguxiang or Houhai, Qianmen and Xi'dan are all highly recommended.

beijing districts  map

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Wangfujing Area

Wangfujing (王府井) area is the one of the best place to stay for tourists in Beijing, for it is centrally located and it is with walking distance to some of the landmark buildings in Beijing, such as Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. In addition, there are a variety of shopping streets in this area. If you would like to have a sightseeing trip combined with shopping, this is probably the best area to come and stay in Beijing.

 Beijing Wangfujing street

Houhai or Nanluoguxiang Area

Houhai (后海)and Nanluoguxiang(南锣鼓巷)are nearby places, which is one of the best answer to where to stay in Beijing. Staying here, one would have a chance to see Beijing's past, as well as Beijing's today. This area boasts convenient public transportation. And there are a good mix of hotels, hostels, traditional courtyards in Hutongs, as well as bars, fun cafes, shops and restaurants. If you prefer to find a budget place to stay, you could find a courtyard hotel and mix with the local people in this Beijing old residential area. In this way, you get to know more about the local life and people. It is an ideal place to stay for tourists in Beijing City.

Attractions to see around:

► Historic sites: Shichahai LakeHouhai Lake, former residences of famous people, Confucius Temple, hutongs, courtyards, Bell and Drum towers, Lama Temple
►Modern fun: Chinese Ethnic Cultural Park, Science & technology Museum and the Olympic Sites

By the way, Houhai Bar Street may be a great place to enjoy your nightlife. And if you want to try the authentic Beijing food, there are a lot of restaurants for locals further towards the bell and drum tower. The snacks there would not let you down.

 Beijing Houhai

Qianmen Area

Qianmen(前门)area is also one the greatest places to stay in Beijing. It can be reached by Metro Line 2. Qianmen can be regarded as a historical center of old Beijing, with a slow pace of life and not much shining architecture or the modern style of buildings around. Here, one would find many courtyard hotels and hostels, as well as a couple of mid-range and luxury hotels.

 Beijing Qianmen

Chaoyang Area

Where to stay in Beijing for business trip? In addition, if one comes to Beijing for business, you'd better stay in Chaoyang District(朝阳区). This are is the most developed place in Beijing. It homes Beijing's Central Business District as well as hundreds of skyscrapers, hotels and office buildings. It is also home to the most of the international companies, new agencies and embassies. Although this place is more for business, but there are some interesting sites for tourists to have fun, such as 798 Art District, Ladies’ Street for Shopping, Sanlitun Bar Street for night life, Ritan Park, etc.

Ladies's street

Recommended Hotels/hostels in Beijing

► Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing ( 5 star)
Address: 48 Wangfujing Ave., Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, 100006
Surrounding: Wangfujing Street, the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Beihai Park and the National Art Gallery

► Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel (5 star)
Address:100 Pingleyuan Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Surrounding: Beijing Happy Valley, Panjiayuan Antique Market

► Park Plaza, Beijing Wangfujing (4 star)
Address: No.97 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Surrounding: Jingshan Park, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Xidan Shopping Street

► Royal Phoenix Hotel Beijing (4 star)
Address: No 17 Qianliang Lane, Dongchenng Dist, Beijing, China 100006
Surroundings: Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Wangfujing Commercial Street

► Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven (3 star)
Address: No.36 Nanwei Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
Nearby: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, Wangfujing Street

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