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The Best Accommodation To Book For Olympic Games In Beijing

Aug 7, 2008
If you are one of the lucky international visitors that will be staying in Beijing during the Olympic Games, there is a huge variety of accommodation available to you. Everything from super-luxury properties, to rock-bottom budget accommodation is available in Beijing -however if you don't book your luxury hotel in China soon, you may not be left with a choice! In this article we look at some of the best of the best when it comes to luxury accommodation in Beijing.

There are some general accommodation guidelines that you can follow on your luxury travels in China, and more specifically, Beijing. If you are only staying for a short time, you will want to be close to the action, and we recommend staying in the city center of Beijing, close to Tian'an Men Square and also the Forbidden City. You will easily be able to find your way to the Olympic Complex, and transport fees and time will be drastically reduced.

If you are taking the opportunity of being in China to do some extra sightseeing and have a luxury holiday in China apart from the Olympic Games, you will have a greater choice of convenient places to stay. The southern half of Chaoyang, just outside the East Second Ring Road, is a hotbed of luxury. Shopping in this area is also excellent, and you are close to both the airport and the San Li Tun district, known for its nightlife and dining.

If business is part of your reason for being in Beijing during the Olympic Games, then the China World Beijing caters specifically to you. It is part of a shopping complex which offers a full scale business center, including conferencing facilities, free wireless connectivity and Beijing's finest European restaurant.

The Kerry Centre hotel can also be found in this quite central location in Beijing. It has been named the most child-friendly hotel in the city, and also is known to have the most extensive fitness facilities. If you find yourself inspired usually by seeing others do things, then after watching the Olympic events you may want to stay at the Kerry Center Hotel. It has a running track as well as the usual fitness facilities, and courts for just about any sport you can imagine.

The southwestern part of the city is known as Xuanwu, and hotels here offer access to transport options like Beijing Railway Station and the metro line. Beijing Zoo is located in this quarter. There are some beautiful gardens here, notably Shangri-La Beijing's traditional gardens that the hotel surrounds. This was named as the best hotel garden by Frommers, a travel site frequently quoted by NBC News in the US. Shangri-La in Beijing is quite a large hotel, with 528 rooms in the main complex, and 142 in the recently opened Valley Wing which houses the hotel's state of the art health club, the Blu Lobster restaurant and lounge, and a rooftop garden as well as the gorgeous larger central one. Another luxury Chinese hotel in this district is the Bamboo Garden Hotel, with three courtyards filled with rockeries and bamboo stands.

There is a wide variety of accommodation in Beijing, much of it built especially for the Olympic Games. However, the already large city is expected to swell in size for the Olympics, and you would do well to book your luxury accommodation in China ahead of your departure!
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Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and manages 54 hotels under Shangri-La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 27,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.
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