THE WOW FACTOR. There are hotels designed for sleep, and there are hotels designed for pleasure.
The new W Beijing – Chang’an (No. 2 Jianguomennan Avenue, Beijing, China; +86 10 65158855; wbeijing.com) definitely falls into the latter category. Being the 45th W Hotel worldwide and the second in mainland China following W Guangzhou, this Starwood gem sits close to Beijing’s most important monuments, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Each of the 349 stylish guestrooms and suites features cutting-edge amenities: a 48-inch LED TV, a JBL home theatre system and Bose portable speakers. But it wouldn’t be the real W experience if you think of only staying in and not playing hard? Fitted with a whimsical golden globe DJ booth hanging from the ceiling, The Living Room at W Beijing – Chang’an is the place to see and to be seen at. Chow down on hearty Cantonese fare at the YEN Restaurant among the region’s who’s who. And if you’re craving for some self-pampering, the Away Spa quietly awaits your arrival.