Culture vultures will adore this stylish hotel-cum-art-gallery that is arguably Beijing's hippest hangout.

This futuristic boxy grey-green glass structure, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is located in the city's most buzzy district, Sanlitun Village, filled with luxe fashion boutiques and cool bars.

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Inside, the huge atrium lobby is surrounded by galleries and 98 spacious studio rooms and suites - all pared-down natural woods and wafty white linen.

These beautiful, light-filled havens include open-plan, spa-inspired bathrooms - each with a rain shower and huge oak tub - and are spacious enough to double as a treatment room, should you wish to try the couple's massage.

Downstairs are two exceptional restaurants - Bei, serving Asian cuisine; and Mediterranean-inspired Sureño - as well as a lively bar and nightclub popular with the city's ex-pat crowd. Ask the concierge team to arrange guided visits to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall or a motorbike sidecar tour through the narrow lanes of Beijing's old hutong districts.

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WOW FACTOR: The 'house car' is a Maserati if you fancy a spin around the city.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Autumn

GO: Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombieandkent.co.uk) offers four nights, B&B, in a Studio 45 room from £1,195 per person. Includes flights and transfers.