The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Shanghai

Wanda Reign on the Bund
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23 January 2019

Shanghai is the shimmering embodiment of Chinese opulence, and a countless supply of boutique hotels is key to the city’s glamour. Here are the top 10 in town.

The Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai

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The Waterhouse Shanghai oozes industrial rustic chic. Housed in a three-story building that was once the Japanese Army HQ in the 1930s, this boutique hotel is a shockingly beautiful contrast of old and new. Architects Neri and Hu explain: “This is a hotel that puts the emphasis on the traveller in search of some meaning, and not just the luxury component of living.” Each of the 19 bespoke rooms offers a coffee machine, a minibar, a refrigerator, a seating area with a sofa and more.

Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai

Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai
It’s not just humans who love the Pudi – this 4.5-star property is a favourite among animal guests, too. Here, you and your four-legged friend will discover an atmospheric space to escape the overwhelming energy of Shanghai, with 52 dark and moody suites available. And if you need someone to look after your pup while you’re out seeing the sights, there are even 24-hour butlers to lend a hand.
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URBN Boutique Shanghai

URBN is China’s first carbon-neutral hotel, converting an old post office building with recycled and locally sourced materials like reclaimed hardwood and up-cycled bricks, as well as eco-friendly features like solar shades and water-based air-con. Guest rooms are furbished in black and white decor, ranging in style from simple studios and atrium rooms to elegant garden view rooms and a penthouse.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai

Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai

Only five minutes from the Shanghai New International Expo Center, the Century Park Crowne Plaza is a boutique-style luxury hotel in central Shanghai. The suites enjoy five-star decor and furnishings like marble bathrooms and spacious sitting areas, as well as access to a 24-hour fitness centre, the relaxing Spring Spa, the authentic Heji Chinese restaurant and childcare services. Also, the panoramic views of Shanghai are to die for.

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Wanda Reign on the Bund

When China’s richest man creates a boutique hotel, he doesn’t mess around. Wang Jianlin’s pet project bills itself as Shanghai’s first ‘seven-star’ hotel, with over-the-top opulence around every corner. The 190 guest rooms are designed in two distinct styles – the modern Art Deco ‘trendy’ suites and the wood-lined ‘noble’ rooms – and Wanda Reign also boasts a range of impressive restaurants and lounges.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hotel Massenet at Sinan Mansions

These converted 1920s colonial mansions are the height of luxury and carry the price tag to boot. The 60 upscale villas come with private gardens, butlers and garages. If it’s a little out of your price range, then settle for a taste of luxury at Hotel Massenet’s gorgeous in-house restaurant, Aux Jardins Massenet, housed in its own villa.
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Free WiFi
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

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  • Metropolo Classiq Shanghai Nanjing Road (East)

    This hotel might be housed in an old bank, but it’s anything but boring. The stylish boutique has overseen Nanjing Road’s transformation into one of the world’s elite shopping precincts over recent years and these days, guests of the 165 four-star suites are provided a front row seat to the world-class retail action with state-of-the-art amenities and a super central location.

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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Mansion Boutique Hotel, Xuhui

    Live the spirit of old Shanghai at the Mansion Hotel, located in a French Concession villa designed by European architect Lafayette in 1932. The former headquarters of Shanghai mob boss Du Yuesheng, the property was once the centre of Shanghai’s infamous opium trade. Today, the Mansion Hotel preserves much of the original furniture and antiques, transporting guests to that bygone era.
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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

    Nanjing Road is Shanghai’s premier shopping district and this five-star property is the premier boutique hotel in the area. Inhabiting a lavish Art Deco building that dates back to the 1930s, the Yangtze’s 96 rooms exude old-world charm and all boast balconies overlooking the skyline, while the 24-hour fitness centre and spa services are waiting to pamper guests around the clock. The location is enviable as well, just steps from People’s Square and Shanghai’s hottest shops.

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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

    The name of this five-star property harks back to the halcyon days of the French Concession, as do the 168 decadent suites. Situated in downtown Shanghai perched high above the 16th-century Yu Gardens, Les Suites Orient features an array of huge guest rooms with glitzy marble bathrooms, a cutting-edge fitness centre, plus a high-end cigar bar and Cafe DongXi, serving both Asian and Western cuisine.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    These recommendations were updated on January 23, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.