In a city where modern is king, China World Summit Wing, Beijing's lobby is a rare treat. The size of a football pitch and filled with gold bamboo panels, shiny red pillars, crystal chandeliers, over-the-top white flower displays and white marble Indian elephants, its opulence knows no bounds.
On Sundays the excess continues, with a full orchestra playing for those enjoying traditional high tea, coffee or cocktail in the relaxed lounge bar.
A proud purveyor of luxury service, the hotel was first in the city to introduce an airport butler service: guests are escorted from the aircraft gate and through immigration before being popped in a limo and whisked to the hotel.
The rooms aren’t quite as grand as you might expect, but all are elegant and smart. The modern European restaurant Aria is renowned, as is the tennis club and Beijing’s only oxygen bar. There is also access via an escalator to Beijing’s swankiest shopping mall. What more could a visitor want?
Rates: Rooms from 2,130RMB; Suites from 3,400RMB