The best Shanghai hotels worth blowing your budget on
1. The Peninsula Shanghai
Luxury defined, and then some, this stunning art deco property proudly serves up modern comforts while upholding its traditions. Whatever your pleasure, there’s pampering potential for each and every guest from state-of-the-art facilities, luxury shopping, spa treatments and cuisine renowned across the world.
The signature high tea is a must-do before leaving Shanghai as is an afternoon well spent at the recently revived tea dance complete with 18-piece band.
"The Bund is testimony of the rich and diverse heritage of Shanghai," says Paul Tchen, general manager, "combining the best of the East and the West. Having owned and managed hotels along the Bund in the 1930s, it was only natural for The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Ltd to return to her roots with the opening of The Peninsula Shanghai in 2009."
The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu 中山东一路32号, 近北京东路, +86 21 2327 2888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.peninsula.com
2. The Puli Hotel & Spa
A stunning oasis in bustling Jing'an, Shanghai’s first ‘urban resort’ boasts rooms equipped with pretty much every luxury feature one could imagine including Bose wave music systems, a rather impressive guest library and complimentary mini bar. And speaking of bars, they take their Long Bar very literally; great digs for more than just a stiff drink.
“The hotel is a kaleidoscope of sights and senses waiting to be discovered, with a seamless coalescing of Eastern and Western elements," says Mr Martijn van der Valk, general manager. "Calling this simply a hotel does not do justice to the extraordinary experience that awaits guests. We want them to savor moments and specific details about the hotel throughout their stay.”
From ultra-luxe spa treatments to renowned fusion cuisine and endless indulgences in between, you’ll have plenty of reasons to extend your stay in Shanghai.
1 Changde Lu, near Yan'an Zhong Lu 常德路1号, 近延安中路, +86 21 3203 9999, www.thepuli.com
3. 88 Xintiandi
“The 88 Xintiandi boutique hotel has formulated its focus on “quiet elegance” in design and service," says Jan Büttgen, 88 Xintiandi's general manager. "In a buzzing, dynamic and vibrant city like Shanghai, inner peace, reflection and the sense of simplicity and belonging are of great need. Our passion is the love to serve with an individual touch.”
Recently awarded China’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the world Travel Awards, 88’s central Xintiandi location makes for a perfect business trip or holiday with gorgeous decor and lake or shikumen views.
Luxury with such upscale amenities certainly comes at a price. Focusing on efficiency and convenience, all rooms come equipped with the latest technology including a fully equipped kitchen pantry and a variety of well-being comforts: foot reflexology machine, air purifier and ‘smart bedding’ that helps you get every wink of your beauty sleep, to name a few.
380 Huangpi Nan Lu, near Madang Lu 黄陂南路380号, 近马当路, +86 21 5383 8833, www.88xintiandi.com
4. Park Hyatt Shanghai
The world’s highest hotel needs no introduction, nor does Hyatt’s legendary service.
Gracing the Pudong skies for just over one year, this property has retained its celebrity status topping the cool factor with unrivalled floor-to-ceiling views, stunning international eateries and bathrooms akin to a religious experience. Yes, you too can eat, drink, sleep and even get pampered in the clouds. But it’ll cost you.
“What makes us stand out is the ‘modern Chinese residence’ approach and our passion for taking care of every detail by personalized service, energy and expertise to deliver the perfect living experience for our guests,” says Christophe Sadones, general manager.
87/F, Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu 世纪大道100号环球金融中心87楼, 近东泰路, +86 21 6888 1234, email@example.com, shanghai.park.hyatt.com
5. Grand Hyatt ShanghaiNo longer the king, but still a royal cousin, this property affords some of the best Lobby Lounge views in town. Yet another 2009 World Travel Award winner, China’s Leading Conference Hotel is still kicking tail in the boardroom.
Hyatt’s first Shanghai property never disappoints with an impressive selection of bars and eateries with super friendly staff along with its signature touches like softest-of-the-soft bath robes (really), heated mirrors and rain forest showers.
“As the representative hotel in Shanghai, even in China, Grand Hyatt Shanghai’s concept is inspiration, luxury, taste, rejuvenation and drama,” says general manager Christopher Koehler. “From the hotel facilities and design, to the daily services, we all follow the soul of Grand Hyatt hotels.”
Jinmao Tower, 88 Shiji Da Dao, near Yincheng Zhonglu 世纪大道88号金茂大厦, 近银城中路, +86 21 5049 1234, shanghai.grand.hyatt.com
6. JW Marriott Shanghai Tomorrow Square
The Hyatts may have taken Pudong, but hands down, People’s Park belongs to the JW. Another of Shanghai’s sky-high beauties, it sports some of the best 360° views west of the Huangpu.
"Standing tall, the iconic JW Marriott Hotel at Tomorrow Square dominates Shanghai’s Puxi skyline and looks out across the Huangpu River to Pudong and beyond,” says Michael Malik, general manager. “With such a perfect location next to many attractions and easy access to public transportation systems, the JW Marriott also owns a hidden oasis of indoor and outdoor swimming pools overlooking the greenery of People’s Park."
A catch for guests and locals alike can be found with great cocktails, Sunday brunch and China’s first Mandara Spa, known for its deliciously exotic treatments. Before heading off, don’t forget to grab a coffee and head upstairs for a good flip-through in the world’s highest library.
399 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu 南京西路399号, 近黄陂北路, +86 21 5359 4969, www.jwmarriottshanghai.com/
There’s always a classy buzz about this place, and it’s no wonder with two towers holding over 900 rooms with spectacular Bund views. Insides its walls await a vast selection of award-winning restaurants, bars and spa treatments, which should not be missed.
Although it doesn’t come cheap, Yi Cafe serves up an impressive, international buffet -- dare we say one of the city’s finest? And for resident sweet tooths, the Gourmet pastry shop, a best kept secret, serves up fresh bread and pastries including some of the tastiest cupcakes to be found this side of the Pacific.
"At the end of the day, what matters is how our guests feel when staying with us," says Wong Chin Chu, Pudong Shangri-La communications manager. "For us it's about consistently taking care of every detail of their spoken and unspoken needs and making them feel cared for and at home in every Shangri-La they step in to."
33 Fucheng Lu, near Lujia Xi Lu 富城路33号浦东香格里拉大酒店, 近陆家嘴西路, +86 21 6882 8888, www.shangri-la.com
8. The Portman Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz oozes pure class. And their motto “We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen,” couldn’t ring truer with one of the friendliest staffs and concierges in town.
"The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, is a landmark hotel right on Nanjing Xi Lu," says Ritz-Carlton General Manager Weber, Manfred. "It has undergone a complete guest room refurbishment in 2008 and welcomes leisure and business travelers alike."
Recently renovated with ultra convenient hotel-wide 3G, the Ritz is also a prime location for both shopping and upping your calorie intake. Surrounded by a heavenly array of foreign eateries, it’s one of Shanghai’s best hotels for the Western munchies -- good thing the gym rocks too!
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu 南京西路1376号, 近西康路, +86 21 6279 8888, www.ritzcarlton.com
9. The Westin Bund Center Shanghai
One of Shanghai’s landmark Bund properties keeps its loyal guest base with more than just a colossal Sunday brunch (although for some that might be enough). It’s also the little fun and thoughtful amenities to suit all ages and preferences from child adventure goodie bags upon arrival to private WestinWORKOUT® rooms, Executive IT butlers and the truly heavenly, Heavenly® Bed -- surely keeping them coming back for more.
General manager Damon Page says: “We are naturally delighted to receive such a listing, which recognizes the hotel’s fine facilities, services and staff. An ideal location, beautiful architecture and design is the face, but what gives the hotel life and soul are the over 700 or so talented and dedicated people that bring it to life each and every day.”
The Westin Bund Center Shanghai, 88 Henan Zhong Lu, near Guangdong Lu 河南中路88号, 近广东路, +86 21 6335 1888, www.starwoodhotels.com
10. The St. Regis Shanghai
A Condé Nast ‘Gold Lister,’ the St Regis continues to make its mark in Pudong’s business district continually exceeding expectations in service, amenities and fine cuisine. All rooms come equipped with state-of-the-art amenities including an Aeron ergonomic working chair and legendary 24-hour butler service, not to mention an exclusive ladies-only floor for female travelers.
Guest imbibers can partake in a Champagne sabrage and bona fide Bloody Mary brew -- based on the original recipe invented 75 years ago at the St Regis, New York.
“St Regis Shanghai is about all the small details; this is what sets us apart from many other hotels and brands, says Nick Porter, general manager. “In a world where corporate and leisure travelers have so little time, service in a bespoke manner, perfectly tailored to you as an individual, is of the utmost importance. Our dedicated team of skilled butlers will converse with you prior to arrival if you wish to ensure everything is in place from the moment you arrive. Our standards are uncompromising and unrivaled. The St Regis Shanghai will leave you with indelible memories that will last you a lift time.”
889 Dongfang Lu, near Weifang Lu 东方路889号, 近潍坊路, +86 21 5050 4567, www.stregis.com/shanghai