While the surroundings of the gilded tower of the Waldorf Astoria Beijing aren't exactly inspiring, the sea of people pouring into Wangfujing gives the neighborhood a lively feel. Opened in 2014, the Waldorf Astoria is undoubtedly angling for nouveau-riche Chinese—but the interior elegance is undeniable. The lobby is classic art deco, with traces of the orientalism that so fascinated the West during the early 20th century. The Waldorf Astoria Hutong Courtyard, where you’ll find the Waldorf Hutong Villa and four Hutong Studios, evokes the Beijing of bygone ages. It's not exactly historic, but it does offer a sense of hutong living without the grime.