Despite the wealth of alternative options throughout the city, it sometimes feels as though the entire ex-pat community can be found around the pool for Friday brunch.

Each of the 224 guest rooms are decorated in gentle, earthy colours and fitted with high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs.

The Drake The Drake epitomises old-world glamour in every sense of the word.

Grub is courtesy of Chor Bizarre, an Indian restaurant with an accent on authentic Kashmiri food.

Ask for a guided tour through the old city, or catch a movie at the beautifully restored art deco Delite cinema next door.

The Zen rooms are the main reason to stay here, but the major bonus is the fantastic selection of restaurants and bars, including the popular after-work hangout Mesh and Mediterranean eatery Sureno.

St Regis With a list of guests that extends to celebrities and heads of state, the St Regis is Beijing’s most prestigious address.

Add to this the CHI spa – dedicated to 'restoring balance and harmony to mind and body' – and two stylish restaurants (Nishimura and Blu Lobster) offering a range of cuisines from traditional Asian to the latest international favourites and you start to understand why this hotel is grabbing so much attention.

The attached souk – if not traditional – houses some of the city's hippest eateries.

See more hotels on Time Out Amsterdam The Opposite House Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and located in the heart of Beijing's trendy Sanlitun district, The Opposite House is by far and away Beijing's coolest hotel.