Even for travelers who try to avoid malls whenever possible, the beijing?context=wanderlist&context_id=46218">Parkview Green, an odd glass pyramid with impossibly high aerial walkways and a vast expanse of glass, is actually rather impressive. Attached is the Hotel Éclat, with an entrance that is easy to miss. Service is overwhelmingly good, and the artwork collection is vast, to say the least. The hotel purportedly has the largest collection of Salvador Dali paintings in Asia, alongside a good collection of modern Chinese artwork. The steel-and-glass paneled design is incredibly futuristic; at times, you hardly seem on planet Earth, much less Beijing. Rooms are artfully appointed, evoking a certain thematic atmosphere. Floors are also divided by themes, which can feel a bit hokey.
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The Parkview Green's charm is not in its location; think of it as more of a destination. The subway forces guests to cross a busy intersection, and it is hard to flag a taxi at this location during the best of times. The neighborhood vibe is oddly down-market, despite the presence of several luxury malls in the area. Do take a wander through the Parkview Green; the artwork is playful and engaging, and even the food court is of high quality. Guests who enjoy shopping can also head to the Place, another luxury mall down the street.
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Rooms: 100 rooms, 20 suites. From $639. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The attached mall has several high-end restaurants of excellent quality, which is just as well, as you aren't likely to find anything in the immediate neighborhood. Taiwanese dumpling chain Din Tai Fung is on the basement floor (just past the farting bull sculpture). Café Flo is a French-style restaurant with outdoor seating, a nice touch inside this glass pyramid. Get dessert at Opera Bombana, which offers Italian cuisine, and grab a loaf of Beijing's best bread on the way out. Spa and gym details: There isn't a spa, and while the gym is standard, it feels a bit cramped.
Who's it for: Flashy spenders with a passing interest in art; eco-conscious travelers who love a bit of luxury (the Parkview Green was the first LEED-certified commercial Chinese project). Our favorite rooms: Suites feature private swimming pools under the improbably clear glass panels. On a clear day, guests can sit in the pool and see the lights of Beijing's central business district flickering in the distance (because let's face it, guests won’t see the stars here). Personal touch: Guests are assigned their own staffer upon check-in. Put them to good use and ask for a tour of the core pieces of the art collection, particularly the Dali sculptures and the Warhol. They should also be able to provide a rundown of who’s who in the Chinese art world.