Shanghai

Hotels in Shanghai

Housed in a pair of blue-glass towers, the Shanghai JC Mandarin hotel is located in the Nanjing Road shopping district, just across the street from Plaza 66. Inside the lobby, a five-story mural of Admiral Zheng Ho—a 14th-century seafarer—is surrounded by gold-foiled images of the sun and sea.

The city’s famous Cathay Hotel was renamed the Peace Hotel in 1956, and in 2010 was taken over by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Just a block south of Nanjing Road in the heart of downtown, this 37-floor luxury tower sits snuggled among similarly soaring office buildings.

China isn’t exactly known for sustainability, but the new Urbn Hotels & Resorts group aims to change that.

A quiet B&B in a lane house in the French Concession.

One of the world’s tallest hotels, this property (which occupies floors 53–87) also has a rooftop bar and an Art Deco–meets–Chinese aesthetic. 

Room to Book: Ask for a river-facing room for views of the Huangpu.

Doubles from $468.

JIA consists of fifty-two rooms, plus two 1,000-plus-square-foot penthouse suites, both specially designed for high-profile guests (with bodyguards in tow). Space has not been sacrificed to style—even standard rooms clock in at almost 500 square feet.

A master of luxe hospitality, Peninsula Hotels chairman Michael Kadoorie spent his childhood in Shanghai. So the March 2010 premiere of his ninth property, the Peninsula Shanghai, was a homecoming of sorts.