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There are more luxury hotels than you can shake a stick at as you scroll through an upcoming and newly opened blue-ribbon list that ranges from old favourites to names like Bulgari Hotel Beijing (opened 2017 in the Chaoyang embassy area, weighing in with 119 rooms, a stylish 1,500sq m BVLGARI Spa, 25m swimming pool and a ballroom for gala events and lavish functions), Inter Continental (South Sanlitun), Mandarin Oriental Qianmen (2018, East Hutong Quarter, a newer venture - the old CCTV Tower project is still in the deep freeze), MUJI, and the hipster CHAO Hotel that has brought fresh spark to Sanlitun with its industrial grunge that borders on grand.
Mandarin promises to serve up a luxury escape in historic renovated courtyard surrounds with suites, cake shop and a spa. Designed by Sir Norman Foster to resemble a coiling dragon, Beijing International Airport’s Terminal 3 has a floor area of a million square metres and took Rmb21 billion, 50,000 workers and four years to build.
On inner city hops they are well worth the extra change as it will make all the difference between a successul business foray and an epic traffic-logjam-and-no-cabs disaster.
On then with our Beijing guide and a Beijing luxury hotels review, some wild boutique digs, and sensible business options.
Now if only the on-time flight record - currently abysmal - at Beijing's T3 could improve...
Beijing is an immense but neatly arranged metropolis.
The 28km light-rail express line has four stops: Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 of the airport, and two in the city, at Sanyuanqiao (with transfers to metro Line 10) and Dongzhimen (with transfers to metro Lines 2 and 13).
It all looks very straightforward on a map, but the traffic is choking, so choose your hotel location carefully and allow plenty of travelling time.
The city's liveliest area for dining and drinking is Sanlitun, which is just east of the historic centre.
There is an extra Rmb10 charge for the Airport Expressway toll and an Rmb1 fuel surcharge on every trip.
A regular taxi from the airport's Terminal 3 to The Ritz-Carlton in Chaoyang will cost around Rmb100.
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