This property opened in March 2011 under the direction of Arata Isozaki, the mind behind the design of Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium and the Los Angeles MOCA. The hotel’s shape represents the ancient Chinese ritual object called yu cong, the outer square symbolizing the earth, the inner circle heaven, and the cylindrical atrium a connecting passageway. Drawing on Piet Mondrian’s neoplasticism movement, the facade mixes bold primary colors and rectangular shapes, while interiors were styled by KCA International, whose portfolio also includes the Burj al Arab in Dubai. Rooms veer toward contemporary Chinese.
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Jumeirah Himalayas doesn’t have the Huangpu River as a selling point, but it’s well located in central Pudong, directly opposite the Shanghai New International Expo Centre and close to the green expanse of Century Park, the largest park within the inner city districts. The location also places you above Metro Line 7, and within a short walk of the Maglev train station for quick transfers to Pudong International Airport. The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, with permanent exhibits that include the World of Robots and Space Navigation and four science theaters, is a short taxi ride away.
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Rooms: 339 rooms, 62 suites. From $255. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Don’t miss signature dishes like dongpo pork (featuring U.S.-certified organic black pork), jumbo Crystal River shrimp from Yangtze, and Cantonese double-boiled soups at Shang-High Cuisine, which has interiors of honey wood, hanging lanterns, and wooden screens. The rustic-chic Grill Room uses repurposed gray bricks from Shanghai alleys for its walls; the menu is classic steakhouse. Sushi, sashimi, ramen, and teppanyaki fill the menu at J-Mix, whose small stage hosts nightly live music performances. Marhaba-themed nights every weekend at the lobby’s Arte Café & Lounge combine Middle Eastern food with belly dance shows. Spa and gym details: A 24-hour fitness center provides the latest TechnoGym equipment. The wellness facilities also contain a 20-meter indoor swimming pool and an outdoor garden space. Talise Spa mixes Chinese and Middle Eastern treatments, hence gua sha, a skin-scraping treatment for face and body, and a hammam.
Who it's for: Attendees of events at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre; hammam and spa addicts. Our favorite rooms: The Premier Twin rooms have a calming view of the hotel’s Jade Atrium and interior garden. Good to know: Impress your travel companion by detailing how the calligraphy above the hotel’s main entrance is a 1,000-character Chinese poem about living honorably. Written more than 1,200 years ago by Tang Dynasty monk Huai Su, the poem consists of 250 phrases of four characters each, with only one of these characters repeated.