Situated in Beijing’s Haidian district, Zhongguancun – China’s Silicon Valley – has exploded in recent years. From apartments with kitchenettes to cool hotels with indoor pools, check out Culture Trip’s roundup of the neighbourhood’s five best hotels.
Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun
Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun offers spacious, comfortable rooms | Courtesy of Crowne Plaza / Hotels.com
In the heart of Zhongguancun, the Crowne Plaza is just a five-minute walk to the metro and a 25-minute cab ride downtown to some of the city’s biggest attractions, including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. It’s a bit on the pricy side, but it’s worth splurging on the big, comfortable and stylish rooms. Facilities include an indoor pool, a gym and four restaurants, where you can find Chinese and Western cuisine. A sauna and KTV (karaoke television) room are on-site, too.
If you’re looking for a ritzier option in Zhongguancun, look no further than Ariva Beijing West Hotel. It lives up to its glossy reputation with its clean and spacious interior, spa and sauna. Each room has a flat-screen TV and fully equipped kitchenette, but there’s also a host of dining options, including like the Ariva Cafe downstairs. Loft rooms are also available for those seeking a bit more space.
Beijing Yanshan Hotel offers a perfect base to explore the city. This chic hotel’s proximity to some of the best eating and drinking spots in the area is also a highlight. Facilities include a spa, conference room and gym.
If you’re a food lover, then the Park Plaza Beijing Science Park is the place for you. This three-star hotel has three restaurants, which offer breakfast and traditional Asian cuisine. The modern hotel is conveniently located near the Summer Palace and Yuanmingyuan Park.