Hotel heavyweights Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and Hirsch Bedner Associates masterminded the look and feel of Shangri-La’s third property in Shanghai, opened in June 2013 on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River. The centerpiece of the 4.8-million-square-feet mixed-use complex Jing An Kerry Center, located near Metro Lines 2 and 7, the property occupies the top 29 floors of the 60-story tower, so expect Instagram-ready views. In rooms, pops of color and rosewood paneling accent the silvery design scheme, and bathrooms have heated marble floors, satin glass, beveled mirrors, and separate bathtubs and stand-alone showers. Crystal appears liberally throughout the property—more than 4 million pieces of it, from the canopy of lighted crystal rods above the porte cochere to the floating crystal clouds that appear over the Event Center’s driveway. More than 200 pieces of art by 50 international artists further enliven public areas.
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The Jing An Kerry Center is bordered by four major roads (Nanjing West Road, Changde Road, Yan’an Middle Ring Road, and Tongren Road) and is steps away from Nanjing Road shopping. The property overlooks the center’s 32,000-square-foot piazza of pathways, gardens, water features, alfresco dining, and a former residence of Chairman Mao Zedong (where he lived for several months in 1920). Jing’An Temple, predominantly gold, houses the largest jade Buddha in China and a copper bell from the Ming Dynasty. Jing’An Park is an urban oasis with green spaces and blooming flowers. Next to the hotel, the 1950s Shanghai Exhibition Centre was a gift from Stalin to the People’s Republic of China, and its legacy is evident in the building’s Soviet neoclassical form.
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Rooms: 487 rooms, 21 suites. From $300. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s bars and restaurants are eclectic. Summer Palace’s design mixes contemporary and traditional—splashes of golden yellow, orange, green, blue in the furnishings, with modern motifs of peacocks in the artwork. The restaurant’s Lantern Chamber, where more than 80 silk lanterns hang from the ceiling, is a sight to behold. 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar focuses on Americana in its beefy entrees and hefty desserts, while Raw Bar provides fresh oysters and seafood from around the world. Café Liang’s semi-buffet meals include a made-to-order organic salad station and Asian and Western dishes. The glass-roofed, bamboo-clad Calypso serves Mediterranean; Tsuru features classic Japanese kaiseki cuisine. Spa and gym details: The Chi spa has eight treatment rooms and a menu that riffs on the themes of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The Health Club has the latest cardio and fitness training equipment, while the heated 25-meter indoor lap pool sits under a sky dome.
Who it's for: Businessmen, empty nesters. Our favorite rooms: The 153 Grand Premier Rooms have a pleasant, homelike feel, with contemporary furniture, a spacious living room, and floor-to-ceiling windows. They offer Horizon Club perks, including late checkout. Perch with a view: The Horizon Club Lounge, on the 55th floor, is the largest of any Shangri-la in the world. The 360-degree panoramic views are hard to forget, or resist.