Many an important executive has thrashed out a deal in the Press Club Bar, and the Sunday brunch at the Garden Court is for those who prefer quality to quantity – or to put it another way, caviar to a greasy fry-up.
The style is over-the-top elegance, with more marble and chestnut wood than you can shake a stick at: definitely a classy experience.
Meeting rooms and lobbies are still adorned with Oriental rugs and chandeliers, high tea is served daily in the Palm Court and lavish weddings for the rich and famous are held in stadium-sized banquet rooms.
But all is not frozen in time: rooms have been updated with high-speed internet access and non-allergenic pillows to ensure twenty-first-century amenities and comfort.
For the Alvear is more than a mere hotel – it’s also a source of civic pride, a symbol of grandeur and an enduring reminder of BA’s golden, affluent era.
Filling half a block of the lavish Avenida Alvear, the 210 rooms offer extreme opulence: rich burgundies, antique French furniture and Hermès bathroom goodies scattered around the hot tubs.
Citizen M (M for 'mobile') is a new concept for those who want luxury on the cheap.
A little way out of town – though definitely bikeable – this design hotel is stuffed full of iconic furniture (Eames recliners and the like) but not unnecessary grinning staff.
St Regis With a list of guests that extends to celebrities and heads of state, the St Regis is Beijing’s most prestigious address.
See more hotels on Time Out Amsterdam The Opposite House Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and located in the heart of Beijing's trendy Sanlitun district, The Opposite House is by far and away Beijing's coolest hotel.
A striking, open-plan lobby reaches up to the sky, while fashion-themed works of art draw your eye to different corners of the relaxed space.
Add to this the CHI spa – dedicated to 'restoring balance and harmony to mind and body' – and two stylish restaurants (Nishimura and Blu Lobster) offering a range of cuisines from traditional Asian to the latest international favourites and you start to understand why this hotel is grabbing so much attention.
The attached souk – if not traditional – houses some of the city's hippest eateries.