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The Emperor

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The Emperor occupies a unique position. It's the closest hotel in Beijing to the Forbidden City, located on its eastern side near the royal bedrooms, nestled among ancient temples and homes. A boutique hotel with 55 rooms, it's a fusion of traditional culture with modern design by GRAFT Labs (looks familiar? check out their work on Hotel Q!, Berlin).

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It has 46 rooms, eight suites and one Emperor Suite – all of which are as modern as the Forbidden City is ancient. Clean lines and simple, bold colors, embellished with line drawings of emperors, flat-screen TVs, and wireless Internet.

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The Shi restaurant and chef John Hao serve Chinese fusion cuisine, while rooftop bar Yin offers breathtaking views. Drinking vintage rice wine while looking out across the Forbidden City sounds amazing. As if that weren't enticing enough, there's also a spa up there with a jacuzzi perched at its very top.

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The hotel's central location also means it's a short walk to the Forbidden City, Tian An Men Square and Wangfujing Shopping Street. That's quite a lot to get excited about. RM

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