China hotels that are in the heart of the action

Great places to stay in some of the major cities of China.

You can experience China’s ancient culture by walking on the Great Wall of China, viewing the impressive Terracotta Warriors or visiting the Forbidden City. From spirituality to huge modern cities, China is a country full of great contrasts.

We have picked the best places to stay in some of the major cities of China.

Our top China hotel picks

Best hotel in Sanya: Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

Best hotel in Sanya: Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa from Finder Hotels

Once you arrive, you'll never want to leave this piece of paradise. It's the pique of perfect with a private beach at your beck and call, outdoor pool, in-house spa and breathtaking views that could very much stretch onto forever.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: Yalong Bay National Resort District, Yalong Bay, Sanya
  • Why we love it: This is a side of China you don't see too often, reminiscent of tropical islands though without the price tag.

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Best hotel in Beijing: The Peninsula Beijing

Best hotel in Beijing: The Peninsula Beijing from Finder Hotels

Located two minutes from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, The Peninsula is one of the most emblematic hotels in the capital. It stands out for its spectacular Chinese-style entrance.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: 8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing
  • Why we love it: This hotel is all luxury, from its stunning pool to spacious rooms. It's got an impeccable 9.9 guest rating through HotelsCombined.

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Best hotel in Guangzhou: W Guangzhou

Best hotel in Guangzhou: W Guangzhou from Finder Hotels

W Guangzhou boasts impressive architecture, including a three-tier waterfall at the entrance and a three-story glass gallery suspended along the building. This hotel is centrally located and has multiple awards to its name.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: No 26 Xian Cun Road, Pearl River New Town, Tianhe, Guangzhou
  • Why we love it: For anyone seeking a luxe and action-filled stay, the W has plush rooms and an in-house nightclub, so you can dance all night long.

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Best hotel in Huzhou: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Best hotel in Huzhou: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort from Finder Hotels

Sheraton Huzhou has an unusual design and is in the form of a ring rising from the south bank of Taihu Lake in Huzhou. It offers easy access to the nearby hot springs and bamboo forests.

  • Star rating: 4.5 stars
  • Location: No. 5858 Taihu Road, Changxing, Huzhou
  • Why we love it: The Sheraton is known the world over for its iconic shape. Make it your next Instagram hero pic.

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Best hotel in Shenzhen: The St. Regis Shenzhen

Best hotel in Shenzhen: The St. Regis Shenzhen from Finder Hotels

The St. Regis Shenzhen is located on the 28 upper floors of Kingkey 100, the tallest building in Shenzhen. The hotel's 28-meter indoor pool comes with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer fantastic views of the city.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: No. 5016 Shennan Road East, Luoho District, Futian, Shenzhen
  • Why we love it: Every feasible wall within this hotel has sprawling window panes, letting you capture those panoramic city views.

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Best hotel in Shanghai: Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai

Best hotel in Shanghai: Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai from Finder Hotels

The Okura Garden Hotel is located in the heart of the old French Concession west of the Huangpu River. It was built by the French between 1924 and 1926 and the decor reflects the hotel’s French heritage. The Shanghai Municipality considers the Okura Garden Hotel to be an architectural heritage site.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: 58 Mao Ming Nan Road, Huangpu, Shanghai,
  • What we love about it: In a city overun with high-rise, this hotel prides itself for its well groomed and ample garden space.

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Best hotel in Sanya: Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

Best hotel in Sanya: Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa from Finder Hotels

Once you arrive, you'll never want to leave this piece of paradise. It's the pique of perfect with a private beach at your beck and call, outdoor pool, in-house spa and breathtaking views that could very much stretch onto forever.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: Yalong Bay National Resort District, Yalong Bay, Sanya
  • Why we love it: This is a side of China you don't see too often, reminiscent of tropical islands though without the price tag.

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Best hotel in Xiamen: The Westin Xiamen

Best hotel in Xiamen: The Westin Xiamen from Finder Hotels

Contemporary style meets Chinese tradition in the illustrious The Westin. This architectural feat draws in the youthful with its quirky shape and in-house night club and beauty parlour and naturally there's 24/7 access and service to suit.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: No.396-398 Xian Yue Road, Siming, Xiamen
  • Why we love it: It's quirky design and spacious rooms gives it a certain character we're smitten with.

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Best hotel in Chengdu: Tibet Hotel Chengdu

Best hotel in Chengdu: Tibet Hotel Chengdu from Finder Hotels

Drawing inspiration from its surroundings, this hotel is designed to resemble a temple and continues the theme inside with brilliant reds and golds adorning common areas and bedrooms. To assist travellers, it offers free on-site parking as well as a tour desk if you'd prefer someone else take the lead.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: 10 Renmin North Rd 1st Section, Jinniu Qu, Chengdu Shi
  • Why we love it: It's all about comfort within the walls of Tibet Hotel with large beds and spacious rooms and bathrooms to lounge around in.

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Best hotel in Sanya: Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

Best hotel in Sanya: Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa from Finder Hotels

Once you arrive, you'll never want to leave this piece of paradise. It's the pique of perfect with a private beach at your beck and call, outdoor pool, in-house spa and breathtaking views that could very much stretch onto forever.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: Yalong Bay National Resort District, Yalong Bay, Sanya
  • Why we love it: This is a side of China you don't see too often, reminiscent of tropical islands though without the price tag.

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Best hotel in Harbin: Holiday Inn City Centre Harbin

Best hotel in Harbin: Holiday Inn City Centre Harbin from Finder Hotels

Stay close to the city's most popular attractions without busting the budget at this well-received hotel. It's a 4-star chain with all the trimmings including free Wi-Fi, airport shuttle, family rooms, buffet breakfast and Chinese restaurant.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Location: 90 Jingwei Street, Daoli, Harbin
  • Why we love it: It's central location is the Holiday Inn's real shining point, as well as its wealth of rooms making it suitable for large groups on tour.

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Best hotel in Jinan: Intercontinental Jinan City Center

Best hotel in Jinan: Intercontinental Jinan City Center from Finder Hotels

Stay close to everything without sacrificing comfort in this 5-star hotel. From its front door you can stroll to Baotu Spring, Daming Lake, Quancheng Square and spring ancient street. Shops are connected to the building on the ground level - as is a nightclub.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Location: 3 Tian Di Tan Street, Lixia, Jinan
  • Why we love it: The InterContinential Jian is built with a green ecological design.

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Best places to stay in China

Each of these territories offers a unique experience: Hong Kong is an economic hub of lights, skyscrapers and non-stop action with a British influence; Macau is often called the Las Vegas of Asia and overflows with casinos, nightclubs, drinks and debauchery; and Tibet is an extraordinary mountainous wonder on the northern side of the Himalayas that was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

  • Beijing: China’s capital is an imposing metropolis of skyscraper buildings and non-stop action. It’s the place to go for historic sites like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Mao Zedong’s mausoleum, the Temple of Heaven and the Ming tombs.
  • Shanghai: The coastal city of Shanghai is East China’s financial hub and transport centre. With 24 million inhabitants and growing, it’s also the nation’s most populated city. Sky-high buildings line the waterways creating the iconic Lujiazui skyline. Within its borders you’ll find the The Bund, Nanjing Road, the Jade Buddha Temple, Zhujiajiao water town, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Disneyland Park.
  • Chengdu: Chengdu is the attractive capital of Sichuan province. A mix of pagoda temples and high rise buildings line the banks of this economic centre. It’s the fifth-largest city in China and, while it has been privy to development, holds a wealth of natural beauty including Mount Qingcheng and the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuary.
  • Xi’an: The city of Xi’an is rich in history and archeological discovery. Located in central China and surrounded by a well-preserved city wall, it’s perhaps most famously known as the site of the Terracotta Army. This is a series of detailed, life-sized terracotta statues that date back more than 2,000 years. Other highlights include Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Stele Forest and Daming Palace National Heritage Park.
  • Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet: The autonomous territories of Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet belong to the People’s Republic of China. While they’re destinations in their own right, they should not be missed if you’re visiting China.

Where to book China hotels

Some of the best online travel agencies and aggregators online to reserve your room with include:

  • HotelsCombined: This aggregator checks dozens of booking sites to pull up the best prices for your holiday.
  • Hotels.com: What we love about this booking site is that it has a rewards program where for every 9 nights you book, you'll get the 10th for free.
  • Booking.com: Practically a household name, on top of hotels and hostels, Booking.com lets you book homestays too.
  • Airbnb: For a more personal touch, Airbnb is available in China.

Start your search today with HotelsCombined:

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