Located in the heart of Beijing, The Peninsula's grand exterior is hard to miss. Inspired by the city's architectural traditions, it could easily be a modern-day extension of the Forbidden City. Fortunately, when it comes to luxury, nothing is verboten here — not surprising, given the hotel's $35 million renovation. Elegant antiques and a dramatic waterfall greet guests upon arrival in the lobby, while eye-catching Asian décor in the guest rooms and suites ranges from silk accents to dramatic dark wood furnishings. Along with The Peninsula Spa, hotel highlights include the classically themed Huang Ting restaurant, serving fine Cantonese cuisine in the setting of a traditional nobleman's home.