Considered one of the most luxurious hotel brands worldwide, Park Hyatt is located in the Lujiazui business district, occupying the upper echelons of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Designed in a sleek, contemporary style, the 174 rooms offer guests stunning views of Shanghai or Huangpu River. Bathrooms are outfitted with an Oriental bathing area, heated floors, and a separate powder room for freshening up. Guests can enjoy a meal at one of the 5-star dining establishments located on the 91st floor. Hotel activities include: a fitness center, pool, and the popular Water’s Edge spa where guests can indulge in luscious body treatments.
100 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China +86 21 6888 1234
Located in the bamboo mountain region of Moganshan, this eco-friendly resort is a favorite pick for those looking to take a breather from Shanghai. The town of Moganshan is located about a 2.5 hour drive west from Shanghai. Guests can relax in tree-top villas or single bedroom earth huts, quaintly tucked away in the foothills. Guest rooms are designed in an Afro-Asian style. If you’re interested in exploring the bamboo forests surrounding you, the resort offers outdoor activities like hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, and even tea picking during the spring season.
No.37 Shangxiazhuang Village, Paitou Town, Deqing County, China +86 21 6431 8901
The PuLi Hotel and Spa
PuLi Hotel and Spa is a five-star luxury hotel based in Shanghai’s Jing’an district. The exterior landscaping includes bamboo black planting and shallow reflection ponds. Artifacts like brass incense burners, foo dog statues, and stone headrests add to the inside atmosphere. There is even a library decorated in stingray leather panels above the library fireplace, where guests can peruse a selection of 2,500 English and Chinese books. Depending on room or suite type, guests will enjoy views of Jing’an Park or surrounding Shanghai. Hotel facilities include a health club, an infinity swimming pool, and the Anantara Spa, where guests can enjoy one of many spa services, like a white tea and avocado body wrap or a traditional Chinese massage.
1 Changde Road, Jing’an, Shanghai, China +86 21 3203 9999
Fairmont Peace Hotel
Located along Shanghai’s prominent waterfront, the Bund, Fairmont Peace Hotel is outfitted in an elegant art deco style. Guest rooms offer city or courtyard views, walk-in closets, and marble bathrooms. The hotel’s exclusive Nine Nations Suites are individually designed and furnished to reflect different countries, such as Italy, Japan and Spain. Guests have a variety of dining options, from enjoying an afternoon tea at Jasmine Lounge or dining on Cantonese cuisine at Dragon Phoenix restaurant. If you’re in need of an afternoon hiatus from a morning packed with sightseeing, enjoy one of the signature massages at the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa.
20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China +86 21 6138 6888
Upon entering the Mansion Hotel guests will feel as if they have stepped back into the 1930s, a time when the hotel was used by Shanghai crimes bosses Jim Ting Sun and Du Yue Sheng for their legal (and illegal) businesses. Designed by French architect Lafayette, Mansion Hotel blends in well with the atmosphere of the French Concession district. Guest rooms are reminiscent of the jazz age, decorated in a swanky, vintage style with photographs and heirlooms added as finishing touches. The hotel’s rooftop restaurants, Le Champagne and Salt and Fire Robatayaki, offer views of Shanghai’s dazzling skyline during a late-night dinner.
82 Xinle Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China +86 21 5403 9888
Yangtze Boutique Hotel
Originally built in 1934, Yangtze Boutique Hotel was considered one of Shanghai’s famous hotels, and was once designated as ‘the third largest hotel in the Far East.’ The hotel is located within walking distance of many tourist sights, such as People’s Park, Nanjing Road, and Shanghai Grand Theatre. Ninety-six rooms and suites are designed in vibrant, eye-catching shades, sprinkled with Asian adornments. Hotel facilities include a gym (complete with a steam room) and SPA center where weary travelers can relax while undergoing acupuncture or stone therapies.
740 Hankou Road, People’s Square, Shanghai, China +86 21 6080 0800
Langham Shanghai Xintiandi
In Shanghai’s Xuhui district, the Langham hotel sits near the edge of the French Concession area. Guestrooms are furnished in an ancient Chinese-contemporary style, with marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing guests to marvel in the beauty of Shanghai. After spending an afternoon exploring nearby St. Ignatius Cathedral or exploring the shops along Huaihai Road, settle in with a pre-dinner cocktail at the Cachet Martini Bar, located on the hotel’s mezzanine level. If you’re seeking a little morning relaxation Chuan Spa offers traditional Chinese treatment. Chuan Spa follows the Wu Xing philosophy using earth, fire, metal, water, and wood in their treatments. A cold marine facial, muddy elements wrap, or an herbal salt scrub are just a few of the services offered at the spa.
99 Madang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China +86 21 2330 2288
While China struggles to get its pollution problems under control, hotels are jumping on the environmental bandwagon. URBN Hotel is China’s first carbon-neutral (boutique) hotel. It garnered acclaim from Travel Info China Best Hotel and Resort Awards as being the ‘best green hotel’ in 2015. Located in the city’s Jing’an district, URBN Hotel was formerly a post office building. To show respect for Mother Nature during the renovation process, recycled and locally sourced materials — like reclaimed hardwoods and Shanghai bricks — were used. Eco-friendly passive solar shades and a water-based air conditioning system were also installed. Guestrooms are furbished in black and white décor, ranging in style from simple studios and atrium rooms to elegant garden view rooms and the penthouse.
183 Jiao Zhou Lu, Jing’an, Shanghai, China +86 21 5153 4600
Anting Villa Hotel
Tucked away in a quiet area of the French Concession district is Anting Villa Hotel. Established in 2001, the hotel’s interior oozes both Spanish baroque and French garden style. The 143 guestrooms are decorated with pastel walls and crimson bedding; ample sunlight comes from large windows overlooking the French Concession. On-site, guests can grab a drink at Violet Bar or a meal at Maple Leaves Restaurant. While the hotel’s location is low-key, travelers are still within walking distance of Hengshan Leisure Street and Huaihai Road.
46 Anting Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China +86 21 6433 1188
As the Bund’s skyscrapers light up the Hunagpu River during the evening hours, a quaint hotel stands among them: Hotel Indigo. This hotel is located near Shiliupu Dock in the Huangpu district. The ambiance of the guestrooms is vibrant and funky, with vibrant floral area rugs and accent pillows, hardwood floors, and Chinese lantern lamps. Hotel Indigo is easily accessible to spectacular tourist attractions like Yu Garden and Bazaar and Dongtai Road Antique Market. Hotel facilities include a fitness center and an infinity swimming pool which overlooks the river and city skyline. Guests can dine atop the hotel at Char Bar and Grill’s outdoor terrace or enjoy a café-style menu at Quay, located on the sixth floor.
585 Zhongshan East Second Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China +86 21 3302 9999