Shanghai

Hotels in Shanghai

Few places in the world can rival Shanghai for variety of accommodation. There are plenty of Shanghai hotels near most major tourist attractions in the city. For a luxurious, five-star experience, you can’t do better than the Peninsula or the Four Seasons; two spots frequently listed among the best hotels in Shanghai. The Peninsula is very popular for its luxurious hospitality, historical bonding, and amenities like VOIP, portable master control panels, spa tubs in each room and many more. The Four Seasons is perfect for business travelers.

Cachet Boutique and the Langham Xintiandi Shanghai are two boutique hotels in Shanghai. Cachet, a 1920s building, is located in the heart of Shanghai’s prime shopping and entertainment area, while Langham Xintiandi is adjacent to the Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East.

For clean, safe, budget accommodations, three reliable hotels in Shanghai are the Jin Jiang Star, Motel 168 and Motel 268 chains, all of which have multiple locations in every district of Shanghai. Other wallet-friendly options include guest houses, serviced apartments, and private rooms.

Shanghai hotels tend toward the vertical and voluptuous, but one look at this austere lobby—exposed brick walls; steel beams; stone floors—and it’s clear the Waterhouse has broken the mold.

Stories abound about the origin of this castle-like building. Some say it was inspired by shipping mogul Eric Moller’s daughters dream, while others say the Scandinavian style owes to Moller’s Swedish roots.

One of Shanghai’s first ultrahigh hotels (it opened in 2003), the JW is still one of the city’s best-located properties.

In the iconic Shanghai neighborhood known as the Bund, Les Suites Orient is a minimalist escape—a hotel that’s both smaller in scale (just 125 rooms and 43 suites) and infinitely more understated than its flashy neighbors. The result: a seemingly insulated respite from the Bund’s vibrant hustle.

There's no better place to embrace Shanghai's glamorous past and high-tech future than from these twin towers on the northern section of the Bund.

The twin glass towers of this enormous 952-room hotel are a prominent feature of the Pudong riverfront skyline.

Located just off Huaihai Road, this historic hotel is perhaps best known as the site where former President Nixon and Zhou Enlai signed the Shanghai Communiqué in 1972.

Within a 10-minute walk of the People's Square, this Art Deco hotel originally opened in the central business district in 1934. Today, the white exterior is lined with sconce-like light fixtures, while the lobby is decorated with a painted glass ceiling and a grand curving staircase.

Fresh from a $40 million renovation, with Asian elements (such as cabinets inspired by Chinese medicine chests) and a great address.

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.