The Luxe List 2010, China: Yi House Art Hotel 798, Beijing



In the heart of Beijing’s boho 798 Art District, these boutique digs—set in a former Bauhaus crystal factory—are styled as a home for art lovers. Graffiti murals splashed across the entrance courtyard lead to a chic, monochrome lobby where regular exhibitions are held. Ming dynasty meets modern design in the 30 high-ceilinged guest rooms, furnished with custom pieces in charcoal and lime. Downstairs, the excellent Mediterranean grill restaurant Fennel is helmed by former Raffles Beijing chef Christian Hoffman. Although removed from the sights of Beijing’s historic center, guests are well placed to explore the many galleries, studios, bookshops, and boutiques in this industrial complex turned creative hub. Strike out on your own, or have the staff arrange a customized art tour

Jiuxianqiao Lu, 2 Hao Yuan, 798 Yishu Qu, Chaoyang; 86-10/6436-1818; yi-house.com; doubles from US$145

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