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T+L's Definitive Guide to Shanghai

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Three hot new hotels and the enduring classics.

New & Noteworthy

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai Pudong: Don’t be fooled by the spaceship-like exterior; inside, the sexy new addition to the Lujiazui district nods to the 1920’s with Art Deco–inspired geometric-patterned rugs, gleaming chrome-and-glass tables, and white leather chairs. $$$

Twelve at Hengshan: Design firm of the moment Yabu Pushelberg were the brains behind this 171-room gem in the Former French Concession. Silk lanterns and elaborate latticework in neutral hues honor Chinese design traditions subtly. (You won’t find a lick of red.) Tip: Ask for a tour of the historic neighborhood in a motorcycle sidecar. $$$

Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund: On the Bund’s fast-developing north end, Banyan Tree’s first foray into Shanghai is a Zen-like retreat. Its best asset? All 12 suites have sweeping views of the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline. $$$$

The Classics

Park Hyatt: When it first opened, the 1,358-foot-high Park Hyatt was crowned the world’s highest hotel. Its title has since been usurped by the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, but the property remains the classiest act in Pudong. High-speed elevators whisk you to the 87th floor, where a Tony Chi–designed lobby incorporates shagreen and tortoiseshell walls. $$$

The Peninsula Architect David Beer and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon have done up the interiors of the Peninsula with cool celadon tones and black marble hallways, not to mention period pieces like a 1930’s elevator. $$$$

PuLi Hotel & Spa This 229-room property in Jing’an is a masterful study in understatement. Weathered armoires and simple ink drawings by Chinese artist Li Jingbin set the tone in the lobby, and guest rooms have delicate indigenous touches like dragon-scaled screens. Come evening, head to the bamboo-shrouded terrace for a “blood and bitters”—blood-orange juice, Campari, and star anise. $$$$

One to Watch

Mandarin Oriental Pudong: Asia’s leading hotel chain is pulling out all the stops for its Shanghai debut. Besides a soaring marble-clad lobby, there will be a 25,995-square-foot spa and 4,000-piece art collection. Expect a summer 2013 opening. $$$$

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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