Best hotels and hostels in Liaoning

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dalian

    UniLoft Hostel

    Arguably the best hostel between Harbin and Beijing, UniLoft has open-plan rooms and the feel of a hip office co-op, with statement pieces and a quiet buzz in the air. You could probably meet a budding Chinese entrepreneur or uni student lounging in the partitioned dorm beds and cosy doubles, or tapping on a laptop in the friendly in-house cafe.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dalian

    Aloft Dalian

    This could be the place to splurge during your dalliance with Dalian. Within walking distance of the train station, this Marriott-branded, hip hotel is surrounded by interesting shops and excellent restaurants. The rooms themselves are spacious, with bright colour schemes and good views down to the city street. The in-house restaurant and lounge area are good too. Discounts are widely available online.

  • Lodging in Shenyang

    North Yorker Hotel

    The North Yorker's genuinely spacious, well-appointed hotel rooms and self-contained apartments are a pleasure to stay in, especially for families.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dalian

    Amazing Koala Boutique Hotel

    Over on Fujiazhuang Beach is one of the rarer hotels for the region. The Amazing Koala is a large contemporary structure set back in dense foliage near the sea. There are six sleek rooms of varying size and formation, all furnished with impeccable taste and style. There's a fine western restaurant and hot tubs in every room.

  • Lodging in Dandong

    Yihai Business Hotel

    Parquetry floors, leathered bedheads and faux-antique furniture are some the touches at this anything-but-business Chinese hotel. Some rooms come with bathtubs, which creates a romantic, or over-the-top, atmosphere, depending on your tastes. It's a short walk to the river or train station.

  • Lodging in Dandong

    Zhong Lian Hotel

    Directly across from the Broken Bridge is this solid option with large rooms, an even larger marble lobby and English-speaking staff. The pricier rooms offer great views of the bridge and river. Discounts available.

  • Lodging in Shenyang

    Liaoning Hotel

    Even if you don't stay here, it's worth stopping for a beer in the outdoor patio at Shenyang's most atmospheric older hotel. The interior and the smoky, red-themed rooms may be fading a little, but the floodlit building still has a presence opposite Mao's statue on busy Zhongshan Sq. The Chairman himself stayed here and it retains many of its period details.

  • Lodging in Dalian

    Ibis Dalian Zhongshan Square

    This business hotel is in a fantastic location surrounded by restaurants and markets, yet only a five-minute walk from parks and quiet tree-lined streets. Bus 710 connects the hotel to the train station and southwestern coast. Rooms are clean and modern and the English-speaking staff are fairly attentive. For best rates book online.

  • Lodging in Shenyang

    Vienna International Hotel

    Neat little Vienna's old-world charm – and perhaps comfortable beds and hot showers – keeps it marginally above the midrange competition, but it has seen better days. It's tucked down a small road 150m east of the Main Train Station. Smart, clean and bright rooms paired with good service make this a good option. Discounts of 40% with ¥198 membership.

  • Lodging in Dandong

    Hilton Garden Inn

    A very short walk from the train station, and set inside a small shopping mall, you can find an excellent example of the lower-tier Hilton brand. Rooms are stylish and spacious for the price, with large desk pods and new frosted-glass bathrooms. The breakfast hall next to reception doubles as a casual breakout area for North Korean businessmen.

  • Lodging in Shenyang

    Jinjiang Inn

    Jinjiang is a pretty reliable chain option, and this version has a pleasant, tiled lobby and a good onsite cafe. The quiet rooms are excellent value too; compact but equipped with desks, pleasant artworks and firm mattresses. From the Main Train Station, it's about a 10-minute walk to the end of pedestrianised Taiyuan Jie and to the right.

  • Lodging in Xingcheng

    Haiyi Holiday Hotel

    Haiyi is a little tired, and a bit chilly in winter, but the cute cabins clustered under leafy trees are idyllic in summer and the restaurant draws customers from around town. The standard rooms are not such good value. To get here, turn left when you hit the beach strip and walk 300m.

  • Lodging in Dandong

    Life's Business Hotel

    Life's is a smart business hotel popular with North Korean businessmen and within walking distance of the riverfront, restaurants and a Tesco supermarket. Rooms are tidy and comfortable, with the ones on higher floors affording river views. Cheaper rooms have no windows.

  • Lodging in Dalian

    Tian Tian YHA International Youth Hostel

    This reliable hostel on the western edge of Dalian is popular with long-stay locals for its spotless dorm rooms and welcoming reception. The neighbourhood is pretty quiet, but it's near a subway station and the staff speak excellent English.

  • Lodging in Xingcheng

    Xingcheng Mingyang Homestay

    Cheap and cheerful enough for the price, this homestay is run by a quiet local family who present neat, airy rooms (extra blankets are a must outside summer), and provide helpful maps and a laundry service.