Unlike the other, more modern Ritz-Carlton in Beijing, this Ritz in the Chaoyang district represents the Old World charm that's often associated with the luxury hotel brand. It starts with a welcome hot ginger tea at check-in (the same cuppa is offered at checkout, too). The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing's classic appeal is on display in the marble foyer with fresh flower displays, the spa-level heated pool and fine-dining restaurants like Yu. Inside the spacious guest rooms, you'll also find memorable touches, such as a Chinese-style teapot and complimentary tea that’s perfect for enjoying before bed. The bathrooms have separate showers and water closets, as well as a TV that you can watch while soaking in the marble-lined tub.
You don't have to head to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's six restaurants and bars to find a delicious meal — flip through the room service menu to choose from a variety of Eastern dishes (including Shanghai-style fried noodles, ma po tofu with minced pork and chili oil, or fried rice with roasted duck, shrimp, mushrooms and carrots) and Western fare (try seafood spaghetti with tomato sauce or a veal ravioli with mushroom and truffle cream). Though be sure to stop in The Ritz-Carlton Bar, a luxe cigar and whiskey lounge that also hearkens back to another era.