This is not surprising when you consider that its Valley Wing alone offers a high level of luxury, personalised service, a minimum of 50sq meters of space and floor-to-ceiling windows (some with stunning panoramic views of the city).
Add to this the CHI spa – dedicated to 'restoring balance and harmony to mind and body' – and two stylish restaurants (Nishimura and Blu Lobster) offering a range of cuisines from traditional Asian to the latest international favourites and you start to understand why this hotel is grabbing so much attention.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the 'Cafe Americain' – a stunning art deco room with Tiffany lamps, stained glass and recently uncovered murals inspired by 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
A striking, open-plan lobby reaches up to the sky, while fashion-themed works of art draw your eye to different corners of the relaxed space.
The Zen rooms are the main reason to stay here, but the major bonus is the fantastic selection of restaurants and bars, including the popular after-work hangout Mesh and Mediterranean eatery Sureno.
St Regis With a list of guests that extends to celebrities and heads of state, the St Regis is Beijing’s most prestigious address.
Many an important executive has thrashed out a deal in the Press Club Bar, and the Sunday brunch at the Garden Court is for those who prefer quality to quantity – or to put it another way, caviar to a greasy fry-up.
A little way out of town – though definitely bikeable – this design hotel is stuffed full of iconic furniture (Eames recliners and the like) but not unnecessary grinning staff.
Which would be a mighty triumph of style over substance, if it didn't seem to work so nicely.
Though shabby on the outside, the interior looks like one of David Lean's Arabian sets, and you half expect Peter O'Toole to stumble in demanding 'bed and sheets for the boy'.
Despite the wealth of alternative options throughout the city, it sometimes feels as though the entire ex-pat community can be found around the pool for Friday brunch.
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