Whether you want a break on the beach or are in town for business, here are the best Shenzhen hotels. You’ll find the best of the big brands, as well as recommendations with a little more local flair.
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Ritz Carlton Hotel Shenzhen
There are a clutch of big brand, five-star international hotels in downtown Shenzhen but nowhere gets more positive reviews than the Ritz Carlton. Set in the heart of the city’s business district, the staff are well versed in providing first class service to a demanding audience of international guests. There is a twice daily turn down service to suit those with late night to early morning meetings, complimentary shoe shine and an express valet service. No expense has been spared on rooms that feature feather down pillow menus, nespresso coffee machines, and a marble bathroom. And to truly impress use their fleet of Rolls Royce cars to arrive at your next meeting.
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If you don’t want to stay at a chain hotel but enjoy a little local flair instead, try the Hui Hotel. The properties boutique credentials are set out by the hotel’s unique angular design, featuring angled windows protruding from the boxy construction. There are more arty touches on the inside with clock faces projected on the wall, a stainless steel sculpture of a family lifted over the lobby and repurposed nails and wire used to make lanterns. Local hotels have a reputation for hit and miss service, but that’s not the case at the Hui – staff are exceptional, although don’t expect English to be spoken fluently by everyone. The location is just on the outskirts of Futian, and well placed to enjoy Shenzhen's shopping options downtown.
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If you are in town for pleasure rather than business then you’ll probably be headed for Shekou. The best place to stay in this seafront entertainment district? The Ascott Maillen. These are service apartments rather than a hotel – although with a 24 hour reception and in house restaurant and gym you’ll struggle to spot the difference. The rooms come with fancy toiletries, flat screen TVs and all the other amenities you’d expect at a hotel. The secluded location, on a hill set back from Shekou, means you are less than 10 minute walk from all of the action, but far enough away so you won’t be disturbed at night by the noise.
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The Sheraton Dameisha Resort
You don’t find many business hotels on the beach. The Sheraton Dameisha Resort offers business centre facilities and beach towels with its location perched overlooking Mirs Bay. This resort hotel also has a complex of three outdoor pools, sun loungers and waiter service poolside. The beach is public but large enough for you to find your own space, while water sports can be booked through the hotel. There is a kids club on site, as well as a spa and tennis courts for when you manage to pull yourself away from the water. This isn’t the best hotel if you are interested in exploring downtown Shenzhen as the location 15 miles out of town. Similarly, give the Sheraton Damiesha a miss during Chinese holidays when it’s likely to be packed with screaming kids.