"The Hangzhou International Youth Hostel has an extraordinary location on China's preeminent body of water, West Lake. The front desk personnel are efficient, attentive, helpful and everyone speaks English. The restaurant is a great gathering point for the backpackers at the hostel; therefore, striking up a conversation and meeting interesting and passionate people is very easy to do while you enjoy their fine breakfast buffet or relax over coffee. Importantly as well, the hostel scores big points for their cleanliness and the fact that all the basics are covered in a safe and pleasant environment." Name: Jeffrey ClarkJob: Director, Source The Globe Hotel picks: Zhongshan Shangri-La, Guangzhou Garden Hotel, Intercontinental Chongqing "Well, both the Zhongshan Shangri-La and the Guangzhou Garden Hotel gave me free upgrades—that always scores points. The Guangzhou Garden Hotel also has the best breakfasts I've had at any hotel in China. Breakfasts usually make a big impression on people, its the first service experience of the day, and food, being as important as it is, makes a big impression. Nothing beats a good breakfast. "I picked the Intercontinental Chongqing because it's got the coziest bed, totally up to Western standards, which makes for a great sleep. But I think over all, as a foreigner, two really big determinants of whether I stay in a hotel are going to be: Do they have English TV channels? That means satellite, and do their service people speak English? If they don't, odds are something will end up frustrating you." Name: Raymond Wong Job: Sales Manager, JW Marriott Hotel, Shanghai, Tomorrow Square Hotel pick: "Well, my own of course!" "Well, not only has the JW Marriot have a great location, it's by far the coolest looking building in the square. But the real reason to love this hotel is for all those things that lie beneath the futuristic façade, which most people just don't know about. Take the Grand Ballroom Terrace for example. It offers a stunning view of the city. Our corner rooms are great too. Usually the rooms occupying the corner of a hotel building are cramped and awkwardly shaped, but weve gone and made our corner rooms spacious deluxe rooms with huge wraparound bay windows, and the cost of this deluxe room is just 200 more than your regular standard. "Something else that people don't know is that we have the world's highest library up on our 60th floor! It's a great venue for book signings by famous authors, which we've hosted. But best of all are the super secret balconies up there. Almost nobody knows about them, but they are the ultimate venue for a VIP dinner for two. The view you get from up there incomparable, breathtaking." Name: Ocean Fu Job: Marketing Manager, Shanghai Expat Hotel picks: Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen "Because its fronted by a huge beach on the ocean!" Name: Ellen (apologies, at this point the wine has taken effect and I forget to ask this dazzling young businesswoman her last name and job title) Hotel pick: The Peninsula Beijing "The service people there are awesome! They remember you. I've been in there about four times in the last year, not really that often, but they know me by name. On top of that, they have such a good attitude. Whatever I've asked of them, they have never, ever said no. They always find a way."