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.

Formerly the Regent Shanghai, the Longemont hotel rises 53 stories above the Changning district, just 10 minutes from the Bund. Inside, huge white columns and a spiral staircase create a sense of drama in the high-ceilinged lobby.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

328 rooms (which are some of the largest in the city) with Chinese art and ceramics; hotel butlers are trained as both city guides and translators.

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.