Beijing’s hotels are invariably of the unimaginative five-star variety, making CHAO—the new design hotel at the heart of the city’s lively Sanlitun district—a welcome addition to the scene. Hidden in plain sight, it towers above the surrounding neon hustle and bustle; a symbol of understated style amid the chaos. It’s this serenity that makes CHAO such a delight to stay at. From the moment you enter the lobby (more like the sweeping entrance to a contemporary museum than a hotel reception), you’ll feel cocooned in the best possible way. And if the hotel weren’t in such a great location, you’d have no reason to leave. A SOHO House-esque hub for all things creative, it’s full of hidden corners to work on your latest project, or take in one of the regularly scheduled lectures, films, or cultural talks happening in CHAO’s numerous event spaces. A high-spec gym, great restaurant, and one of Beijing’s only alfresco swimming pools don’t hurt either. Despite their occasionally awkward shape, CHAO’s slate-gray rooms are simple, stylish, and extremely comfortable. Cute amenities (bath products are branded with slogans like “It’s better to arrive late than ugly”), multihued mood lighting, and the latest LED TVs mark this new entry to Beijing’s hotel market firmly among its hippest. (86 10/5871 5588; ilovechao.com; doubles from US$365).
Share this Article
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is World’s First Underwater Quarry Hotel
All the rooms and suites in the 61,000-square-meter hotel come with spectacular views of waterfalls ...
This High-Speed Rail Will Link Hong Kong and Beijing in 9 Hours
The service will run once daily in each direction, at an average speed of 270 kilometers per hour.
Journey to the Center of the Earth with InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland
12 years in the making, the 336-room InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland rises like a phoenix from ...
The Luxe List 2018: The Bulgari Hotel Beijing
Even the regular rooms exude Bulgari’s signature Italian opulence, as do the public spaces.
The Shanghai Edition is the Latest Gem on The Bund
Home to nine restaurants and bars, as well as a full-scale nightclub, the 145-room property fuses ol...
Taking a Trek into Yunnan’s Shangri-La County
A trek into the mountains of Yunnan’s Shangri-La county provides modern-day adventurers with a tas...