For years this was the city's best hotel—foreign dignitaries and bigwigs from Beijing could always be found milling around the lobby. Although it now competes with five-star hotels all over the city, it's regained a bit of its buzz by putting the award-winning celebrity chef Christopher Dufosse in charge of the dining room. On the fifth floor, the Jinye French Bistro brings authentic French fine dining to the city. The rooms are a bit dated but do have flat-screen TVs,
stereo systems, step-out balconies, and spacious bathrooms.