Nestled in the heart of Shanghai’s bustling Xuhui neighbourhood, Xujiahui is a commercial and business hotspot, packed with shopping malls, markets and excellent restaurants. Accessible by many train lines, the area is a great option for those looking to explore every aspect of the city. Here’s a round-up of the 10 best places to stay.
Situated just west of the centre of Shanghai, Xujiahui is renowned for being one of the city’s most fun districts – and for good reason. With budget-friendly bars, restaurants offering global cuisine, a multitude of huge shopping malls and some of Shanghai’s best electronic markets, this place will keep you entertained, however long your stay. Xujiahui may not have the famous skyline, but it is home to a world-class selection of hotels, making it very attractive to any traveller.
Lap up some first-class service at the Courtyard Shanghai
The Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui offers guests a four-star stay | Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui / Booking.com
If you want to treat yourself to a four-star stay in an excellent location, then the Courtyard by Marriott Xujiahui Shanghai is the place for you. Just around the corner from Xujiahui metro station, the hotel has two restaurants, a fitness centre, as well as dry cleaning and concierge services. The rooms located on the higher floors offer excellent views of the bright lights of downtown Shanghai. If that wasn’t enough, this hotel branch provides easy access to this lively district.
Just a short walk from Hengshan Road and Xujiahui metro stations, the Lestie Hotel offers a perfect combination of city views and homely rooms. Highlights include the elegant and spacious communal areas, luggage storage for up to three days, as well as two on-site restaurants. However, given its prime location, you really are spoilt for choice if you venture outside for meals, with every cuisine imaginable in the area.
If you’re seeking something slick and modern during your time in Shanghai, then the JOYA Shanghai Xujiahui Hotel is it. With chic rooms, electric-controlled blinds and super-comfortable beds, this hotel is ideal for a luxury stay. Highlights include the friendly and attentive staff, as well as the excellent location near to two large malls packed with restaurants and shops. The on-site coffee shop and bar are also perfect places to bookend your day in Shanghai.
For the more budget-conscious traveller, a stay in a Hanting is a great choice. With multiple locations across the city, Hanting Hotel provides simple, affordable rooms with all the essentials (think the Chinese equivalent of IBIS Hotel). The rooms are a decent size, with surprisingly comfortable beds and simple but well-equipped bathrooms. Housekeeping does a great job keeping the rooms and common areas clean, and there’s a reasonably priced in-house coffee shop in the lobby area, for that much-needed caffeine hit before hitting the streets of the city.
For the best access to the whole of Shanghai, check in to the Jinglai Hotel
Jinglai Hotel offers travellers artful and spacious rooms | Courtesy of Jinglai Hotel / Booking.com
Located just steps away from the small Guangqi Park and positioned between two metro stations, Jinglai Hotel offers spacious rooms with a modern design and unique feature walls at a very reasonable rate for the location. The breakfast on offer includes continental options and a full English, and the reception personnel will happily provide you with advice and help you plan your day.
If luxury is what you’re after, book into the Regal International East Asia Hotel. Step inside this towering hotel and you’ll be charmed by the spacious lobby and friendly staff. The excellent facilities are sure to please, too, and you can work your way round the indoor pool, spa, tennis courts and hair salon during your stay, or try for a strike in the bowling alley. The Chinese and Western breakfast spread is equally as impressive, and the neighbourhood is packed with good restaurants and pretty parks to wander through.
Planning on travelling in a group? Tyms Residence offers serviced apartments that can sleep up to five people, with a kitchenette, washer, dryer and lounge, so you can really make yourself at home. The bonus here is that there are also hotel staff on hand ready to help as and when you need. The service is friendly, and there’s also a basic gym located on the property. It’s just a short walk to nearby Xujiahui metro, with the immediate area offering lots of restaurants, bars and convenience stores to cover all of your needs during your stay.