The Raffles Beijing occupies part of the historic Beijing Hotel, which retains its original 1900 façade with elements of French and Chinese architecture. Originally known as the Grand Hotel de Peking in the early 20th century, it has served as a hostel for American troops after the surrender of the Japanese in World War II and the venue for Mao’s inaugural banquet for the founding of the People’s Republic. Extensive renovations by the Singapore-based Raffles brand have restored the hotel to its former glory including staff uniforms designed by Benny Ong and rooms decorated by Grace Soh. We recommend staying in one of the nine, decadent Personality Suites to truly get a sense of 1920s Peking. The French restaurant Jaan is superb and East 33 serves an amazing seafood buffet. Champagne High Tea on Saturday afternoons in the lobby is also not to be missed.