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.
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.