Best hotels and hostels in Tianjin

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    Astor Hotel

    China's oldest foreign-run hotel, the Astor dates back to 1863, when it was opened by British missionary John Innocent. Although it's not as luxurious as some of the city's international chains, there’s an undeniable character to the place that's hard to find elsewhere.

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    Liu Yue Capsule Hotel

    There's a friendly welcome from English-speaking staff at this unique hostel – also known as Books Hotel – located centrally on historic Jiefang Beilu. Housed in an attractive concession-era brick building, Liu Yue has small capsule 'rooms' (singles are tiny, but doubles do at least have some standing space) and a handful of decadently decorated boutique doubles.

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    St Regis Tianjin

    The last word in luxury in Tianjin, the St Regis has a prime riverside location, with alfresco seating on the back terrace – perfect for enjoying its signature Lapsang Souchong Bloody Mary. The heated pool, spa treatments and personal butler service promise serious R & R, while the staff are well attuned to the expectations of international visitors.

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    Three Brothers Youth Hostel

    Though it's lost some of its hostel vibe since turning its little cafe into a public restaurant (evenings only, no English menu), Three Brothers is still good value, and the staff, who speak some English, are very welcoming. Private rooms have bathrooms, and windows overlooking back gardens. Dorms are compact but clean, as are their shared bathrooms.

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    Secreted away at the end of an alleyway off Chongqing Dao, this simple but stylish hostel has spacious dorms and small private rooms with shared bathrooms, though one double (¥228) has its own bathroom. The bright, ground-floor lounge makes a pleasant hangout. Not much English spoken, and no English sign.

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    Yi Boutique Hotel Tianjin

    A genuinely old building among a host of recent renovations in the Italian Concession district, this unique 11-room boutique hotel is housed in the 1910 former residence of Zhejiang warlord Yi Zhaoyun. It's refreshingly understated (you'll think it's closed as you approach the small main entrance), yet subtly luxurious.

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    Ibis Hotel, Tianjin Ancient Culture St

    Riverside branch of the dependable Ibis chain, with a lobby cafe and simple, modern, comfortable rooms. The cheapest have interior-facing windows. The most expensive have (slightly obscured) river views. Most rooms cost between ¥300 and ¥400, though you can buy a one-year membership card for decent discounts if you have a Chinese mobile number. Little English spoken.

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    Orange Hotel

    This stylish boutique hotel has unfussy rooms, some of which have river views. Staff are welcoming, but don't speak English. Breakfast costs ¥38. Walk through the archway on Xing’an Lu then round the back of the building.

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    Shan Yi Li Boutique Hotel

    Accommodation at this extravagant place comes in the form of luxurious, self-contained villas and apartments, located along a series of reconstructed, Shanghai-style lòngtáng (alleys). Although not historic themselves, the villas are part of the grounds of Prince Qing's Mansion (庆王府; Qìng Wáng Fǔ), which was built in 1922 by Xiao Dezhang, the last head eunuch of imperial China. No English is spoken.

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    Home Inn

    This stylish branch of the usually more budget-oriented chain hotel has comfortable, clean, business-style rooms with corner desks, and a handy location for the train station. No English spoken.