A university district, Wudaokou is filled with the kind of trendy coffee shops, international eateries and tech malls that keep students entertained. Lively, fun and thoroughly millennial, it makes a perfect base for a stay in Beijing.
Vision Hotel offers stylish guest rooms | Courtesy of Vision Hotel / Booking.com
This stylish five-star, 22-storey hotel is the perfect launchpad for discovering the city’s landmarks, notably the Beijing National Stadium and Aquatics Centre. The gym, spa and sauna centre, and futuristic indoor swimming pool offer the perfect relaxation after a busy day of exploring.
From the moment you step into the lobby of Tylfull Hotel, where shimmering glass baubles illuminate the ornate marble floor, you know this is somewhere special. As you might expect from a five-star establishment in Wudaokou, this hotel in the heart of Haidian is at the forefront of design. But don’t be fooled by its shiny exterior, for it has plenty to offer inside, too. With 226 high-end rooms, three restaurants and a full-service spa with a huge indoor pool, this is the place to stay if you’re looking for something luxurious. The Summer Palace is just a short chauffeur drive away.
Perched across the road from the Luidaojoy subway station, this four-star hotel is a great all-round option in Haidian, featuring 152 tidy guest rooms, a fully equipped business centre and an enticing Chinese restaurant.
Thanks to Park Plaza’s prime location in Zhongguancun Silicon Valley – Beijing’s technology hub – this four-star hotel typically welcomes business travellers. This award-winning green and sustainable property has 398 simply decorated guest rooms, fully equipped fitness and business centres, and three restaurants serving Chinese and international cuisine.
Opposite the Qinghuayuan railway station, the Liaoning International Hotel is a slick five-star hotel revered by upscale travellers. A renovation in 2011 transformed it into an elegant, modern property with a gold-and-bronze design theme spanning 27 floors. Three restaurants and an in-house nightclub offer a taste of Wudaokou’s famous nightlife.
Another hotel with Tsinghua University to the north and Peking University to the west, Wenjin Hotel sits firmly in the middle of the Wudaokou area. This huge four-star hotel contains 407 Western-style rooms, 15 different banquet venues, a relaxing pool and gym, the virtual Tianchang Golf Club in the basement, plus a range of dining options such as a Chinese restaurant, a café and a traditional Korean eatery.
Lantinghui Hotel – Beijing is a perfect option for budget travellers | Courtesy of Lantinghui Hotel – Beijing / Hotels.com
If you’re wanting to save a bit of cash for Wudaokou’s excellent clubbing scene, Lantinghui Hotel is your best option. This cosy hotel contains a range of two-bed guest rooms minus the exorbitant price tag. Its proximity to the Wudaokou subway station across the road is another big plus.
Northeast of the Wudaokou subway station and surrounded by a lush green courtyard, the Xijiao Hotel’s 485 guest rooms enjoy leafy views over an authentic Chinese garden. The Ginkgo banquet hall, a massive swimming pool and an outdoor tennis court are equally appealing.
This five-star property features 300 rooms kitted out with plush furnishings, excellent facilities for business travellers, a 24-hour fitness centre with a glam indoor pool and three restaurants serving Chinese and international cuisine.
Beijing Junlaiyue Apartment Hotel is steps away from the area's nightlife scene | Courtesy of Beijing Junlaiyue Apartment Hotel / Hotels.com
With Wudaokou station’s pulsing nightlife on its doorstep – popular bars and clubs such as Lush, Sensation and Propaganda are just a short stroll away – this modern aparthotel is perfectly suited to younger, nocturnal groups. It is also well connected to public transport, making it a great spot from which to explore the rest of Beijing.