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.
Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel
The Shichahai Shadow Art Hotel is located in Beijing’s Hutong district. Renowned for its narrow, cobbled alleyways, street vendors and traditional courtyard houses, staying here will guarantee an authentic stay in Beijing. Offering traditional yet clean and comfortable rooms, a large social area and even its own shadow puppet shows, this hotel will give you a great introduction to Chinese culture. Moreover, due to its central location near the Forbidden City, and Houhai and Shichahai lakes, the Shadow Art Hotel is a very convenient base for your time in Beijing.
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Named after traditional Chinese opera characters, the 25 rooms are all in a modern style, and have comfortable beds. Although some rooms have windows facing the hallway, many have a view over the courtyard where you can overlook the Chinese traditional theatre. Each room includes free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, as well as a TV, kettle and a private bathroom. Although rooms here are not the largest on offer in Beijing, they will certainly provide a comfortable and convenient stay.
With just a short walk to the central Houhai and Shichahai lakes, as well as a very short distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the property is conveniently located within one of the city's ancient Hutong districts. However, taxis are unlikely to be able to drive you direct to the door (or even within the Hutong at all) as the streets here are so narrow, so you will need to walk at least a short distance if you do want to find a taxi.
Food and drink
The hotel offers a small buffet breakfast. Although there is an on-site bar, the hotel unfortunately does not have its own restaurant. Instead, at reception they have menus for all of the top quality local restaurants and they will either order it for you and have it delivered, or give you directions to the restaurant itself. Within walking distance are very good Western and Chinese restaurants.
This is a clean, comfortable and charming hotel in a great location in Beijing’s Hutong district, and is one of our firm favourites.
Beijing tour ideas
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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The Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel is one of the nicest hotels with character located in the very heart of Beijing.
Novotel Beijing Peace has an ideal location in the heart of Beijing, with the central attractions, shopping and restaurants all within walking distance.
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 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.
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Opposite House is a striking hotel and the new centre of gravity for fashion in the capital.
This modern hotel has excellent facilities to match its five star status. It’s in a great location, just a short walk from Wangfujing shopping street, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
To really experience Beijing you need to get out onto the streets. The Forbidden City is one of the most fascinating places in Beijing and is well worth a visit.
Take a tricycle tour of Beijing’s unique and famous Hutongs, a maze of old narrow back streets found in the Changiao area of the Western District.
Located in the Haidian district in the north of Beijing, the Palace is a classical imperial garden embracing beautiful landscaped hills and lakes.
For a different insight into Chinese religion and history, a popular place to visit is the Temple of Heaven.
Stretching for over 6,000 km to the Gobi desert in the far west, the Great Wall remains one of the world’s true must-see sights.
This exciting piece of theatre comprises a number of spectacular and highly skilled Kung Fu demonstrations, following the story of a young Shaolin Monk as he trains in the discipline.
Closed to the world for over 500 years, and home to emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Forbidden City is a truly fascinating place.