Not so long ago, foreigners were restricted to specific official hotels. Today, virtually all hotels are freely available and, by Western standards, prices are generally cheap. Most mid-range and all luxury hotels have English-speaking staff.
We’ve sorted our 2013 recommendations by area:
Sanlitun Bar Street & Embassy Area – Beijing’s main nightlife area and close to the main gay venues.
Dongcheng District - great central location for sightseeing and shopping.
Central Business District - business and finance center and home to many luxury hotels.
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Located in Chaoyang District, this central Beijing area is renowned for its stylish bars and nightclubs popular with both expats and locals. Most of Beijing’s gay venues are located in this neighbourhood. A convenient base for exploring Beijing.
Building 1, Courtyard 11 Sanlitun Road,
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, massage, gym, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 按摩, 健身房, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-15-2013
Agoda - stay 2 nights, get a special reduced rate on Studio (45 sqm) until 31st December 2013.
The Opposite House is a stunning urban masterpiece created by leading Japanese architect Kengo Juma. This excellent 5-star boutique hotel, that opened in 2008, is located in the fashionable Sanlitun district close to many shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel offers 99 spacious rooms including two-level penthouse with rooftop terrace, a swimming pool, gym, three excellent restaurants and two bars including the ground floor Mesh. Each room has a king-size bed covered with Egyptian cotton linen, a daybed and mood lighting system, digital entertainment system, free WiFi and free minibar.
A7, Worker's Stadium West Road, Chaoyang District,
bar, bedroom, restaurant, gym, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 餐厅, 健身房, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - special reduced rate on Good Room until 31st December 2013.
Contemporary, stylish boutique hotel located in the heart of Beijing’s entertainment district of Sanlitun, right next to popular gay bar/dance club Destination. Created by architect/designer Mark Lintott and inspired by 1960′s retro chic, Hotel G offers 110 modern and spacious rooms with free WiFi, a nice gym and two restaurants. Great location for shopping, sightseeing and Beijing’s gay nightlife.
East Gate of Workers' Stadium,
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, massage, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 按摩, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - Reduced Rate on Superior Business Room until 31st December 2013.
If you’re looking for something a little different and quirky, then A.hotel could be a great option. Centrally located at the Workers’ Stadium, this 4-star hotel has offers all the amenities you need and more – the Superior Fashion Room is equipped with a bathtub in the center of the room! The best part is the location – A.hotel close to Sanlitun Bar Street with its shops, restaurants, clubs and bars. Gay venues including Alfa bar and Aqua Salus spa are within walking distance.
No.36B Dongzhimenwai Main Street,
bedroom, cafe, shop, gym, free wi-fi (卧室, 咖啡馆, 铺子, 健身房, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 15% discount on Studio Apartment until 31st December 2013.
Budget-friendly apartment-style accommodation offering modern European-style studios that feature free WiFi, flat screen TV, a dining area, kitchen with stove and washing machine. Perfect for a longer-term stay. The staff are friendly and helpful. Located a 20-minute walk from the lively Sanlitun Bar Street. Gay-friendly bars Alfa and Mesh are a few minutes’ walk away. Excellent value for money and convenient location.
Dongcheng District is the north-eastern part of the city center, an area that includes the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Beijing Central Station and Wangfujing, one of Beijing’s most famous shopping streets. Hotels in this area are also reasonably close to the night-life in and around Sanlitum Bar Street.
99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sauna, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 30% discount on Deluxe King Room until 31st December 2013.
Situated in the heart of Beijing’s metropolis, the gay-friendly Regent combines contemporary luxury with the exquisite charm of historic China. About 2 km from Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City, the hotel has 500 rooms and features indoor pool, spa and world-class facilities.
No. 90-92, Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District,
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, massage, sauna, gym, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 健身房, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 20% discount on Grand Deluxe Room until 31st December 2013.
Located opposite The Regent Beijing is the equally fantastic Legendale Hotel. This large luxurious property is within walking distance to Wangfujing Street with all its shopping and street food. The hotel offers free WiFi, 3 world-class restaurants, a gorgeous indoor pool and a state-of-the-art gym. Each spacious room is beautifully furnished and fitted with top-notch amenities.
The Legendale Beijing is surrounded by designer shops, a 5-minute walk from Dengshikou subway station, a 15-minute drive from Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square. Beijing International Airport is half-an-hour drive away.
33 Qihelou Street, Dongcheng District,
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, shop, massage, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 按摩, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 17% discount on Double Superior Room with Breakfast until 31st December 2013.
You don’t have to be an emperor to stay at this elegant boutique hotel. The Emperor Hotel is located in a quiet area among traditional Chinese settings near the Forbidden City and within walking distance from the famous Wangfujing Street. The hotel’s contrasting combination of classical Chinese architecture and modern interiors would appeal to gay travelers. All 55 rooms feature contemporary design with bright colors and hardwood floors. Free WiFi is available in all areas. There is a well-equipped gym, a spa, a rooftop restaurant and a unique glass-enclosed rooftop hot tub with views of Beijing City. Highly recommended.
No. 161, Lishi Hutong, Dongcheng District,
bedroom, cafe, restaurant, free wi-fi (卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
An excellent choice for budget-minded gay travelers. The 161 Hotel is centrally-located in Beijing’s quiet low-rise neighborhood (hutong) and just a 2-minute walk from Dong Si subway station allowing easy access to attractions and transportation links. The rooms are simply furnished with lots of lighting and come with private bathroom, air conditioning, cable TV and free WiFi. Friendly and English-speaking staff.
Hotel 161 is about a 10-minute walk to the famous Wanfujing Street shoping area and a 10-minute drive to Tian’anmen Square and Jingshan Park.
9 Qian Ma Chang Hutong, Jiu Gu Lou Dajie,
bedroom, cafe, restaurant, massage, free wi-fi (卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 按摩, 免费无线上网) Updated: 03-20-2013
Gay-friendly hotel with unique traditional Chinese style located in the charming ‘hutong’ (low-rise Beijing) neighborhood, adjacent to Dongcheng District. Each room is designed with the traditional Chinese theme but equipped with modern amenities in homely atmosphere. Onsite restaurants serve both Chinese and Western food. Recreational activities include martial art course, tea ceremony, traditional Chinese massage, Calligraphy course, live traditional Chinese music performances. Five minutes’ walk to the subway station and close to some of the most traditional Beijing’s landmarks including Lake Hou Hai, Bei Hai Park and Confucius Temple.
Beijing CBD (Central Business District) is located east of the city center and south of the Sanlitun Bar Street area. It is the primary area of finance, media and business services in Beijing and home to many luxury hotels. Another great base from which to explore the city.
83 Jian Guo Road, China Central Place,
bedroom, cafe, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, steam room, massage, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa (卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 网际, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 温泉池, 健身房, 温泉) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 25% discount on Deluxe Superior Room until 31st December 2013.
Located in the Central Business District, this 5-star, gay-friendly hotel offers spacious accommodations and world-class amenities. The rooms and suites feature a large bed, 42″ flat-screen TV, high-speed internet, minibar, and rain shower. There are three fine restaurants and two lounges that are perfect for dining and chilling out with family and friends. Guests can relax in an indoor swimming pool and steam room, visit the spa and work out at its 24-hour gym. And if you need to unwind after your invigorating workout, you can visit Dragon Spa which is walking distance from the hotel.
Fortune Plaza, 7 DongSanHuan Middle Road,
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, steam room, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 桑拿, 温泉池, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 25% discount on Superior Room until 31st December 2013.
This ultra-modern hotel is centrally located and offers very reasonable rates. Facilities including a 25-meter indoor lap pool, 4 restaurants, a world-class spa, sauna and steam room. We particularly like the hotel’s state-of-the-art gym called Oxygen Club. Each of 521 spacious rooms features ‘extended bathroom’ concept, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city, flat screen TV, mini bar, personal safe and free WiFi.
Grand Millennium is part of Fortune Plaza, close to the new CCTV headquarters and The Place shopping. It is about 6 km from the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square. Beijing Capital Airport is a 25-minute drive away.
No.5 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District,
bar, bedroom, cafe, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, steam room, massage, sauna, sun terrace, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 卧室, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 桑拿, 太阳浴, 温泉池, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - 20% discount on Business Room until 31st December 2013.
The affordable Jianguo Hotel ticks all of our boxes. This excellent-value, 4-star hotel features 6 dining options, an indoor pool, a gym, a spa and a beautiful landscaped garden. Guest rooms are non-smoking and feature modern furnishings including flat screen TV, work desk and free WiFi. Staff are attentive and can speak English.
Jianguo Hotel is located in the heart of Beijing’s central business district, close to Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square, and just a few minutes’ walk from Yonganli subway station.
2 Chao Yang Men Bei Da Jie,
bar, cafe, restaurant, shop, internet access, swimming pool, steam room, massage, sauna, gym (酒吧, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 网际, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 按摩, 桑拿, 健身房) Updated: 04-04-2013
Agoda - stay 2 nights, get 15% discount on Classic Room until 31st December 2013.
Located further south from the Central Business District, this five-star luxury hotel is located just a few steps from a subway station with easy access to/from the airport, three miles from the Forbidden City, one hour from the Great Wall, and yet still close to the night-life in Sanlitun, Destination club and Alfa. Swissôtel offers 420 rooms and suites, tastefully designed and well equipped with all the amenities you would expect, with international standard restaurants, multi-lingual service, fitness center and other world-class facilities.
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