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Be Wowed by these Shanghai Hotels!

Park Hyatt

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The tallest hotel in Shanghai and one of the tallest in the world, you can be experience being literally on top of the world when you stay at Park Hyatt! The skyscraper hotel also boasts quality service and a luxurious interior design that looks like it could double as an art gallery.

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PEI Mansion Hotel

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Located at the heart of the former French Concession area, Mansion Hotel is China’s first deluxe City Heritage Boutique Hotel. Upon entering, expect to find classical design along with a host of antiques decorating the lobby and corridors. This is one hotel that combines luxury rooms and service with historical flair.

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Astor House

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Book a night at Astor House and you’ll have a chance to stay at rooms once occupied by the likes of Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell and Charlie Chaplin! This hotel was Shanghai’s first, being built more than 160 years ago during the Qing Dynasty in 1846. The interior is elegant and reminiscent of the building’s past, complete with impeccable wooden floors and chandeliers!

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Which one of these amazing hotels would you like to stay at?

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Images courtesy of (from top to bottom): allabouttravelling.com, worldalldetails.com, peimansionhotel.com, tripadvisor.com, flickr.com, china.bryant.edu.

5 Brand New Beijing Hotels Not to be Missed in 2015

China’s capital, Beijing, is known for its fast pace of life and constant dynamism and it’s hotel scene is no different. With 5 brand new hotels, either architecturally intriguing, luxurious or quirky, each has its own charm and aims to make you feel just at home on your next trip to Beijing.

1.  Nuo Hotel Beijing

Opens March 2015NUO Hotel

Inspired by the Modern Ming Dynasty, NUO Hotel Beijing is set to open its doors in March 2015. An amalgamation of contemporary Chinese culture with modern artistic elements, NUO Hotel Beijing boasts a total of 439 spacious guestrooms with 3000 square meters of the state-of-the-art facilities. It is also the flagship hotel of the NUO group. One can expect the highest form of luxury and design from this hotel that’s also conveniently situated next to the 798 Art District and near many public transport systems.

2.  W Hotel – Chang’an

Opened November 2014

W Hotel Chang'an

Opened only a little more than a month ago, W Hotel – Chang’an is situated in a prime location near the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. With 349 rooms and suites, the hotel includes a spa, fitness centre, and heated indoor pool. Each suite consists of a digital tablet that allows for mood and light manipulation as well as an awesome music system that consists of Bose portable speakers and a home theatre system. For those looking to hold events, check out The Great Room, which is 518m2 with a ceiling of 7m.  W Beijing – Chang’an is currently offering special rates from 1 November 2014 to 30 April 2015 so be sure to look out for those here.

3.  Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Opens 1 January 2015

Sunrise Kempsinki

Sitting on the banks of the Yanqi Lake, an hour’s drive away from central Beijing, an architecturally magnificent building completes the notion of a serenely beautiful landscape. While it is only set to open on 1st January 2015, as its name suggests, the hotel was designed to mimic the rising sun that symbolizes China’s economic growth. When viewed from the side, an image of a scallop is seen, representing ‘Fortune’ in Chinese culture.  The entire building consists of 10,000 glass panels to make up the exterior and 306 guest rooms and suites in the interior, some of which have views of the gorgeous Yanshan Mountains and the historically significant Great Wall of China. Take advantage of their three promotions which includes an ‘Early Booker’ package which gives you 20% off, ‘Special Opening Rate’ where a free breakfast and wifi is included in the price or the ‘Winter Breaks’ offer where you stay a minimum of two nights and receive a 20% discount. Click here for more information.

4. Rosewood Beijing

Opened October 2014

Rosewood Beijing

Located in Beijing’s Eastern Chaoyang District, this hotel sits opposite the iconic CCTV tower and is just a 15-minute drive from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. With 283 ultra-luxurious rooms, 6 different restaurants and lounges, a spa that features an indoor swimming pool, gym and yoga studio, Rosewood Beijing is the first of the group’s luxury hotel in China. The hotel blends perfectly the notion of ‘East meets West’ with its modern furnishings set against carefully curated art pieces and books that feature Chinese culture. For those looking to hold an event or function, the hotel boasts a total of 3350 square metres of meeting space, which includes a pillar-less ballroom. Take advantage of the hotel’s ‘Time to Discover’ opening package here (valid till 28 February 2015), that allows for 24-hour check in/ out, airport limousine pick up, complimentary consumption of all mini-bar beverages and breakfast.

5.  The Orchid Dashilar

Opens early 2015

The Orchid GulouThis boutique hotel might still be in the works but its set to open in early 2015 so be sure to check them out here once the new year comes around. The Orchid Dashilar is situated nearby to the Tiananmen Square West’s exit, the National Museum of China, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Clearly in a rather artsy area of Beijing, The Orchid Dashilar is expected to be cool and classy just like, if not similar to its sister hotel, The Orchid Gulou. If it’s any good as The Orchid Gulou which, has customers raving about the high quality service levels as well as lovely unique rooms, you can be sure that The Orchid Dashilar will definitely be a popular choice amongst travellers as well.


Check out our article on ‘9 Fantastic New Places to Crash‘ for more ideas for where to stay in 2015 in Beijing, click here >>

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Your Essential Guide to Unusual, Alternative and Different Hotels in Tokyo

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1.  Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel

Everyone knows the Japanese are an innovative bunch, and this is shown in the multitude of capsule hotels across Tokyo as they make efficient use of space. This capsule hotel, although morbidly resembling a morgue, is far from it. Upon arrival, you are assigned to your little pod, which has a bed and a small television for entertainment. There is also a bath and sauna but these are shared facilities, which are pleasantly clean and sanitary. Be warned though, these capsules are not sound proof and for those who are light sleepers, its recommended that you bring ear plugs. For the sole woman traveller, this hotel has a floor specifically dedicated to women for safety purposes.

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2.  Meguro Emperor Hotel

Opened in 1973, this hotel was pretty much the fairy tale dream come true. With its castle-like exterior, tourists flocked here to ‘ooh and ahh’ at the architectural wonderment. Gone is its’ heyday but yet it remains as one of Tokyo’s more unique hotels. The interior is lavish and the rooms are elaborately decorated with plush bedding, detailed wallpapers, glass chandeliers and marbled fixtures. This hotel may be targeted at couples looking for a romantic fairy tale getaway but it really is open to all who are looking to feel like a king and queen for a day (or as long as you stay for).

33.  Media Café Popeye

The Japanese love their Manga comics and it’s no surprise that they’ve come up with the ‘Manga Kissa’ or Manga cafes. These cafes run for 24 hours and have floor to ceiling bookshelves of manga comics and videos, clearly a manga lover’s haven. As more youths were staying out late watching and reading Manga in these cafes, lodging was provided. At Media Café Popeye, there is a smoking and non-smoking section and it has around 200 cubicles. You can choose your ‘room’ type which basically goes by the kind of seating it provides – a normal office chair, a comfy reclined chair, a flat seat where you can sprawl on the floor after a day of manga viewing or a ‘pair seat’ which are mainly for manga loving couples. There are shower facilities provided as well so you don’t have to worry about going home oily the next day. However this café is slightly different because it imposes a 12 to 5am power shut down to ensure that it’s users get a good night’s rest. A must-stay for any avid manga reader!

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4. Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel

For all the history buffs and old souls, this will be the hotel for you. Used during the war by US army officials, it was converted into a hotel in 1954. Furnished with wood panelled walls, leather seats and carpeted floors, the Hilltop is classically styled and was an occasional hangout for famous writers, scholars. Service here is impeccable and if you want a temporary escape from the ultra-modern Tokyo, the old school charm of this hotel will be a well-received option.

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5.  Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo

If you consider yourself a Japanophile, staying at a Ryokan should be at the top of your list. Providing a traditional Japanese experience, guests will be treated to sleeping on tatami mats and for the more daring, public baths (females and males are given allocated timings, of course). Wake up to a choice of either a Western or Japanese breakfast but go with the obvious to complete your experience of staying in Japan, Japanese style.

Traditional forms of entertainment are provided as well such as geisha dancing, traditional comedy and a course on proper Japanese dining and house etiquette. The staff at this Ryokan are both thoughtful and attentive providing tiptop service that’s worth the price you pay.

Note: Private baths are available as well for those who prefer to wash up in privacy.

66.  Komadori Sanso

High up in the mountains of Tokyo, lies a secluded two-storey wooden lodge and behind its doors, a tranquil escape that integrates traditional Japanese style of living with nature. Although the journey here might be a bit tedious, it is definitely worth the time and effort. The naturalist or anyone just looking for a place of serenity can come surround here to surround themselves with the natural beauty of the Japanese mountains. This place can serve as a spiritual retreat as well where you can head to the waterfalls to practice ‘Takigyo’ – a form of waterfall meditation. A must for an unforgettable and different experience!

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7.  Claska

This quirky boutique hotel cum residence, which contains 20 rooms are all individualised and designed with a modern albeit personal touch. There are 3 rooms however that were designed by artists who were given free reign over how they’d like the room to be. One of the rooms is decorated with plush toys stuffed under the mattress and scattered around the room and another with framed up dried flowers to look like someone’s atelier. The weekly residences have walls with carving that are in the shape of a room’s inventory such as a hairdryer, a lamp or even a pair of headphones. This hotel is definitely where design meets comfort and it is recommended that you book ahead to secure a spot.

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Images (from top to bottom) courtesy of TripAdvisor (1, 5 and 6), Global Grasshopper (2 and 4) and VIP Liner.