Socialist military compounds aren’t usually where you’d go looking for artistic inspiration, but Beijing’s 798 Art District is an exception. These are the top 10 hotels and Airbnbs to stay at when exploring the Chinese capital’s coolest neighbourhood.
Named after the Bauhaus-style factory complex Chairman Mao built for China’s military in the 1950s, the 798 Art District has been converted into Beijing’s hottest cultural precinct. Inside old army warehouses, you’ll now find edgy galleries, museums, cafés and restaurants.
Gracie Art Hotel 798
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At the centre of the 798 Art District, this boutique hotel’s decor matches its stylish surrounds. The Gracie’s 24 air-conditioned rooms all come with an insider guide to the area’s must-see art shows, a minibar and access to a fitness centre offering massage treatments after a long day exploring the Chinese capital. Guests will also appreciate the cocktails and live jazz at Bar 798, the Yi House bistro serving Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, and the breakfast, which was named the city’s best brunch by The Beijinger newspaper.
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What this apartment lacks in size, it more than makes up for in style. These MUJI-themed apartments squeeze in an open balcony, TV and living room, generous bathroom and serviceable kitchen around the cosy double bed. With its enviable location, this minimalist apartment is the perfect base to explore the 798 Art District.
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Tall glass windows and exposed red-brick walls have converted this old industrial building into one of the 798 Art District’s trendiest places to stay. The Qiuguo Hotel’s 84 rooms showcase Scandinavian-inspired design, while the airy common areas add another dimension to this fashionable property.
These five-star condos offer simple, graceful design just a couple of blocks from Factory 798. Jiuxian Condominium includes all the amenities a traveller could ask for: access to an indoor pool, room service, gym, free Wi-Fi, an executive lounge and meeting facilities, and an in-house restaurant for when you’re too tired to venture out in search of a meal.
Situated just south of the 798 Art District, this luxurious lifestyle hotel is a modern place to stay on the doorstep of China’s coolest contemporary art galleries. EAST’s innovative architecture utilises natural materials such as sustainable woods, bamboo and stones in its 369 high-end guest rooms, energetic open kitchen and food market at the Feast restaurant, plus the industrial-chic Xian bar.