With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives. Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
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88 Xintiandi is a stylish hotel with excellent facilities located in the heart of Shanghai’s art, fashion and culinary district.
The Amandayan is an elegant and luxurious addition to Lijiang. Located in grounds overlooking the picturesque roofs and winding lanes of Lijiang’s Old Town, the Amandayan has been thoughtfully designed in the traditional style of the local Naxi ethnic minority.
Located in a valley a short distance from Hangzhou’s beautiful West Lake, the Amanfayun Hotel is a collection of traditional yet luxurious villas, offering a tranquil retreat for every guest.
Astor House Hotel
The characterful and colonial Astor House has a fascinating history. Opposite the old Russian Consulate and situated just off Shanghai’s famous Bund, it is a fantastic base from which to explore the city.
Banyan Tree Hangzhou
Just 15 minutes from Hangzhou and 50 minutes from the airport, the Banyan Tree Hangzhouthe's rooms and villas are spacious, very well appointed and have that modern Chinese touch.
Banyan Tree Lijiang
Offering luxurious villas, comfortable suite rooms and spa, the Banyan Tree in Lijiang reflects the rich fabric of this locale through its design and furnishings.
Banyan Tree Ringha
Sitting in a beautiful valley around a half an hour outside of Zhongdian, the Banyan Tree Ringha Resort offers a luxurious rural retreat in traditional Tibetan style accommodation.
Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel (Joyland)
The Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel is divided up into separate Inns of a traditional style and are all located in the heart of the Old Town of Lijiang.
Brickyard at Mutianyu
Located around an hour's drive away from Beijing city centre, the Brickyard at Mutianyu is an eco retreat offering guests the chance to take in local village life as well as to explore this section of the Great Wall.
Citadines Apartment Hotel
Citadines Apartment Hotel is a bright and friendly, modern hotel in a quiet street. This is an ideal option for evenings out in the Bell Tower and West Street shopping and entertainment districts.
The Cote Cour is a beautifully appointed traditional courtyard hotel set in the ancient hutong district of Beijing.
With magnificent views towards the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Crowne Plaza offers stylish and luxurious accommodation in villas built to blend in to the town’s traditional architecture.
Days Inn Forbidden City
The Days Inn Forbidden City offers simple but clean and comfortable accommodation, with a fantastic location; close to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
The Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel is one of the nicest hotels with character located in the very heart of Beijing.
Excellently located for some of Hong Kong's best and busiest markets, the Eaton hotel focuses its decor on simplicity, beauty and sustainability.
Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel is one of the best in Shanghai. Rooms are large and extremely well appointed, offering all the services you would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
Grand Park Hotel
The Grand Park Hotel is an international standard hotel with excellent facilities, situated next to Kunming’s famous Green Lake.
Located within the ancient city walls, the Hilton offers spacious rooms with extremely comfortable beds and excellent facilities, including an indoor pool and spa, and three dining outlets.
Hotel Icon in Hong Kong is an excellent contemporary boutique hotel with fabulous harbour views from its rooms, pool and rooftop lounge.
The Howard Johnson is a well run, comfortable and friendly hotel, convenient for the bright lights of the Bell Tower and West Street shopping and entertainment district.
The Intercontinental is excellently located on the harbour front, only a few minutes walk from the Star Ferry and Nathan Road, and is one of Hong Kong's most prestigious landmarks.
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hotel
Situated on the harbour front, ten minutes walk from Kowloon's major shopping and entertainment district, the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hotel is a good base for a stay in Hong Kong.
Jing Guan Ming Lou Holiday Hotel
The Jing Guan Ming Lou Holiday Hotel makes for a good base whilst in Guilin, with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.
A beautifully converted traditional courtyard property, Jing’s Residence – which is part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group – has combined modern comfort with the UNESCO world heritage town’s famed traditional architecture.
The Jinjiang is a well located, good standard hotel in Chengdu, close to various transport options and many restaurants.
The Kapok Hotel is an excellent option for those looking for contemporary style within easy walking distance of the Forbidden City and Wangfujing shopping and entertainment district.
The Kowloon Hotel lies in the centre of Nathan Road, in close proximity to the 'Golden Mile' shopping area, the harbour and Hong Kong's cultural centre.
Lake View Hotel
The Lakeside Hotel is an excellent choice for a clean and comfortable base from which to explore Hangzhou.
Lan Kwai Fong Hotel
Lan Kwai Fong Hotel styles itself as Hong Kong's only boutique hotel. Whilst it is not quite what you might think of as boutique, it none the less is uniquely designed in a modern style, yet retains a strong Chinese influence.
The Langham Hotel is a stylish and elegant boutique hotel located just off the harbour end of Nathan Road.
Set around a traditional Chinese courtyard, this beautiful old building has been restored with charmingly fitted and cosy bedrooms. Staff are friendly, helpful and provide a great noodle breakfast.
Le Sun Chine
Le Sun Chine harks back to 1930s Shanghai with antique furniture, balconies with columns and high ceilings.
Les Suites Orient
Les Suites Orient is an excellent boutique hotel located right on the Bund and is a fine choice for contemporary luxury.
Li River Retreat
This family-run hotel is situated a short distance out of Yangshuo on the river road, surrounded by karst peaks on all sides.
The individually themed rooms at the Lian Lodge give this charming guesthouse a unique character. Views of the rice terraces are the best in the village.
Set in the fields of rural Yunnan, the Linden Centre offers a unique hotel experience. The staff lay on activities such as cookery and calligraphy classes, and other experiences of Chinese culture.
Rooms at the Magnolia are tastefully decorated and spacious, and if you want to be in the centre of town you could not ask for a better location.
Characterised by meticulous attention to detail, impeccable personal service and an atmosphere of elegance and comfort, The Mandarin is a distinguished hotel for the discerning traveller.
Mandarin Oriental, Sanya
The Mandarin Oriental Sanya resort, located on the southern tip of Hainan Island, is one of the most recent additions to China's growing selection of luxury resorts.
The Mercure Hotel is a comfortable, elegantly appointed hotel, ideally situated on the grounds of Renmin Square.
Metropark has an enviable location in Causeway Bay, and enjoys views of the harbour and the hills behind. The rooftop pool is a great place to relax and cool off.
Narada Resort & Spa Sanya
The Narada Resort & Spa is located on Marina Beach on Hainan Islands south shore. Its rooms are well appointed, with each room having a private balcony and plunge pool.
Overnight Train Beijing
The majority of Chinese people still use the train to get around China, and taking an overnight train can be a good way to experience a slice of Chinese life.
The Park Plaza offers smart, contemporary accommodation in a convenient location close to the popular Wangfujing district, within walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
The Peninsula is arguably Shanghai’s most luxurious hotel. Rooms here are superb and some offer outstanding views of the Bund and Huangpu River, while the restaurants offer Michelin starred cuisine.
The Peninsula in Beijing is located in Wangfujing, making it ideal for exploring the city on foot. It is also close to the Forbidden City and other entertainment districts.
PuLi Hotel and Spa
Ideal for those looking for a retreat at the end of a hard-day's sightseeing the PuLi Hotel and Spa is an urban retreat of outstanding refinement and quality in a central location.
Red Wall Garden Hotel
Located in the heart of Beijing's hutong district, to the east of the Forbidden City, the Red Wall Garden Hotel is an oasis of quiet in this busy city, with its three floors set around one large central courtyard.
Sanctuary Cruises, Yangtze Explorer
The Yangtze Explorer is the smallest and most exclusive cruise boat plying the waters of the stunning Three Gorges region of China.
The Sanhe Guesthouse is tastefully decorated and, while simple, has friendly staff and an excellent location for exploring the old town.
Shanghai Yangtze Boutique Hotel
Located in the centre of Shanghai, a short walk from the famous Bund and Nanjing Road, the Shanghai Yangtze Boutique Hotel has elegant 1920s décor and excellent facilities.
Guilin's newest hotel, The Shangri-La has an enviable location overlooking the River Li. The hotel is around a ten minute drive from the centre of Guilin.
The Sheraton hotel has played host to many of the foreign dignitaries and celebrities who have visited Guilin, and is well-located in the middle of town, directly opposite the river and the nightly market.
Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel
Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel is a unique boutique hotel, nestled in an old Hutong part of the capital and within walking distance of Houhai - the famous imperial lake area of Beijing.
Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Located on the edge of town, overlooking the dunes of the Gobi Desert, the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel features a roof top cafe with panoramic views of the desert.
Located on the banks of the Jinjiang River, the Sofitel in Chengdu offers large, well equipped rooms, some with river views.
The Sofitel is Xian’s best option for luxury. Its rooms are stylish and spacious, and the city’s central sights are within easy walking distance.
The Songtsam Hotel is a small, beautifully decorated hotel in Tibetan style, set a short drive out of Zhongdian in the foothills of the Himalayas, at the base of the impressive Songzanlin Monastery.
Songtsam Retreat is arguably Zhongdian’s best hotel choice, both for its tranquil location with great views, and for its beautiful décor in a Tibetan style.
The Aman at Summer Palace
A former retreat of the Emperors, The Aman at Summer Palace offers exquisite rooms and suites, private access to the Summer Palace grounds and world-class fine dining in its restaurants.
The Barony Hotel
The Barony Hotel offers comfortable rooms, good bathrooms, a simple spa and two restaurants to choose from.
The Bravo Hotel
The Bravo Hotel is an excellent city centre choice. International standards and facilities and well appointed rooms make for a very comfortable stay in one of China’s most beautiful regions.
The Halfway Lodge
The Halfway Lodge offers basic guesthouse accommodation. Its rooms are very simple but clean, and it has fantastic views of the gorge.
The Landscape Hotel
The Landscape Hotel is located right in the heart of the old city and its rooms are the best around, structured around several pretty courtyards.
The Opposite House
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Opposite House is a striking hotel and the new centre of gravity for fashion in the capital.
The Peace Hotel
The Peace Hotel is a great choice for a city centre stay in Beijing. Located in the lively district of Wangfujing, it’s within walking to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Peninsula is arguably Hong Kong’s most famous hotel, with breathtaking harbour views and outstanding restaurants. Rooms here are superb, and the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island is just a short walk away.
The Regent in Beijing is a superb hotel. Centrally situated in the Wangfujing area, it is ideally located for the area's many restaurants and shops, and is less than a mile from Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City.
The Starwish Guesthouse
The Starwish Guesthouse in Longji offers simple and charming accommodation in a beautiful setting. Staff are friendly and there are several good restaurants nearby.
The TransMongolian Express
These long-distance trains are warm, comfortable, and offer a great insight into the people and their way of life. The journey tends to be slow and very gentle.
Tsars Gold Private Train
Carrying a maximum of 210 guests, the Tsars Gold Private Train is a great option for those wishing to make the epic journey from Moscow to Beijing in a little more comfort than is offered on standard Russian trains.
Victoria Cruise Ships
Victoria Cruise offers great value and attractive cabins, all with their own private balconies. Meals are on a buffet or à la Carte menu and daily excursions are included.
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
The scenic location and opportunities for walking amongst the beautiful Karst scenery make the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat a good choice for those who really want to get away from it all.
Yangshuo Riverside Resort Hotel
Located a short way outside Yangshuo, the Yangshuo Riverside Resort Hotel is spread along the banks of the Li River and offers unrivalled views of the river and karst hill scenery.
The Yide is a delightful eighteenth century courtyard style guesthouse located on a side street within easy walking distance of Pingyao’s main streets.
Zen Garden - Lion's Yard Annexe
The Zen Garden - Lion's Yard Annexe is a peaceful, tranquil courtyard style hotel, located on the edge of the old town.
Accommodation options in Zhaoxing are quite limited, and the Zhaoxing Guesthouse, though characterful, has facilities that reflect the off-the-beaten-track nature of the town.