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.


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.


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 ( offers four nights, B&B, in a Studio 45 room from £1,195 per person. Includes flights and transfers.