The 6 Best Luxury Hotels
in China

Christopher Litt

China Travel Expert

At Butterfield & Robinson, our hotels aren’t prosaic—they’re pure poetry.

From castles and riads to ryokans and monasteries, we source lodgings that aren’t just places to crash, but one-of-a-kind spots as intimate, authentic and sublime as the rest of your journey—and packed with personal touches from our hotelier friends.

Below we’ve rounded up a few of the best luxury hotels in China, where you can do so much more than simply rest your head.

But be warned: there may be tears when it’s time to say goodbye!


Banyan Tree Lijiang, Lijiang

From the moment you open the gate to your private garden villa, you will sense the magic of Lijiang and the beautifully designed Banyan Tree.

Best Luxury Hotels in China, Banyan Tree Lijiang

The warm rustic colours and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reflected in your personal outdoor jet pool make your villa the perfect retreat after a glorious day of biking at the foothills of the Himalayas.


Raffles Beijing Hotel, Beijing

The legendary name in the heart of Beijing offers impeccable service and unbridled luxury. Pairs the elegance of classic French-Orient design with contemporary comforts throughout, each room being unique unto itself.

Best Luxury Hotels in China, Raffles Beijing Hotel

Situated beside the Forbidden City, a mere stroll from Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market as well as Beijing’s iconic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic stadium.

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China’s history spans hundreds of thousand of years, but with a running joke among the Chinese that their national bird is the construction crane, the country’s time is now. On our Beijing & Himalayas Active Expedition, biking through remote Naxi villages and sipping Champagne on a less-travelled stretch of the Great Wall brings the past beautifully into the present.

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The Peninsula, Beijing

Steps away from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the newly refurbished Peninsula Beijing is inspired by China’s imperial architecture, exquisite art and cultural traditions.

Best Luxury Hotels in China, The Peninsula Beijing

Combining timeless Chinese craftsmanship with modern comforts and design, this accommodation sets a new standard of luxury in the heart of China’s lively capital.


Four Seasons Hotel, Hangzhou

Set on beautiful West Lake, this property is the perfect escape from urban China, and central to exploring the tea fields and ancient feel of Hangzhou.

Best Luxury Hotels in China, Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou

Meander down the tranquil garden paths, relax in the indoor pool, or enjoy a cocktail on the gorgeous sun terrace.


The Peninsula, Shanghai

Synonymous with the centre of Shanghai, the “bund” is a Hindi word that means levee, or edge, and this is the edge of the mighty middle kingdom.

Best Luxury Hotels in China, The Peninsula Shanghai

Looking across to the Pudong region, the new skyscrapers, it provides the best view in town and the best place from which to explore this international city.


Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

This new gem overlooking the Huangpu River is creating quite a buzz, and for good reason!

Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai, Best Luxury Hotels in China

The lavish and elegant décor are reminiscent of the extravagant galas and grand social gatherings hosted here in the 1930’s. Rooms boast an Art Deco style overlooking the hotel’s courtyard.

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