In the heart of the Sanlitun nightlife district and designed by the famed architect Kengo Kuma, this exemplar of 21st-century China has a huge atrium and contemporary art in the stunning lobby, plus spacious and warm guest rooms kitted out with natural wood and Scandi-Asian minimalist chic. The modern and uncluttered style extends to the casually dressed staff, who employ every effort to make you feel right at home. Technology is strongly embraced, too, from the iPad check-in
service (no boring front desks here) to the touch-panel lighting and Bose speakers for your iPod in the rooms. Due to the hotel's location, many of Beijing's best bars and restaurants are right on your doorstep; as a result, however, traffic here is some of the worst in the city.