Sofitel Xīníng

Luxury hotel in Xining

Xīníng's first foreign five-star hotel, the Sofitel opened on the city's burgeoning west side in 2015. The plushest rooms in town have soft beds and large bathrooms with bathtubs and giant showers.

There's a swish lobby bar serving cocktails and even some Níngxià wines, as well as three restaurants: Le Chinois serving modern Chinese fare, Do Brasil (a Brazilian steakhouse), and awfully named Kwee Zeen, an international buffet where breakfast is also served.