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.

It’s almost impossible to actually walk anywhere in the frenetic Pudong neighborhood—but Ritz-Carlton’s second Shanghai property offers plenty of reasons to stay put. Topping off Cesar Pelli’s 58-story IFC Shanghai building, the 285-room hotel places you in a cloud-level fantasy.

When it opened, 1,358 foot-tall the Park Hyatt Shanghai stole the title of world's tallest hotel (from its sister property across the street, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai).

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

It’s not easy to stand apart in Shanghai’s booming hotel scene, which is why Waldorf Astoria pulled out all the stops for its China debut.