Novotel Peace Hotel

4* out of 5 stars

The Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel sets you in a perfect position for a city break in one of the most interesting cities in the world. It combines old and new perfectly, with its tall skyscrapers and thoroughly modernised subway system that contrast greatly with the strong culture of the people and the masses of market stalls which can still be found down every alleyway. Being just less than two kilometres from the city centre you’re always going to be able to find something to do, whether it’s a trip down to Tiananmen Square or the breathtaking Forbidden City, a day out to see the Great Wall of China or the Beijing zoo or a day shopping at the Panjiayuan weekend outdoor market.

Once you have had your fill of culture you can head back to the hotel and perhaps enjoy some fine cuisine in one of the onsite restaurants or a few drinks in the bar. Unless it’s a day off that you are taking, then by all means make your way to the fitness centre for a work-out or to relax with a massage, go for a swim or have a session in the sauna. The hotel also has its own hair and beauty salons, a newspaper shop, a gift shop, a tourist information desk, dry-cleaning facilities and wifi access.

There is also an enormous convention centre available which boasts 12 rooms of various sizes, if it is business that you are travelling for.