Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
The first JW Marriott in Mainland China occupies floors 41-59 of the 60-story multi-use Tomorrow Square development. One of the city’s most distinctive buildings, its shape is often likened to the drill bit or a fountain pen. Rooms offer a sense of openness, courtesy of the architectural mirror adjacent to the headboard, and frosted glass on the closet and interior bath doors. Walls use fiddle-back makore (the wood used to make violins) in panels and silk-textured wallpapers as embellishment. Studio Suites have elongated horizontal bay windows to take full advantage of the property’s elevated setting.
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Across the road from the JW Marriott, People’s Park and People’s Square are classic urban parks, green spaces surrounded by high-rises. The former is home to what’s loosely known as the Shanghai Marriage Market, a weekend lollapalooza where parents of unmarried adult children come to browse advertisements and find a match for their child. The Shanghai Grand Theatre, in the northern part of People’s Square, stages ballets, musicals, orchestral pieces, and Chinese operas. Ciro’s Plaza, across Nanjing West Road, is more than a standard shopping mall, as the Shanghai Puppet Troupe, founded in 1960, is based here, with its own theater on the premises.
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Rooms: 264 rooms, 78 suites. From $300. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Set on floors 38, 39, and 40, all restaurants and lounges promise memorable skyline views. Californian-Asian dishes produced in a show kitchen are artfully presented at JW’s California Grill. The contemporary, stylish Wan Hao showcases traditional Cantonese and Shanghainese. Marriott Café specializes in buffet meals. JW’s Lounge features sparkling wines, cocktails, and upscale bar snacks, while afternoon tea is the enticement at the Lobby Lounge. Spa and gym details: The 24-hour gym has a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi baths. Guests can choose from two pools—the 25-meter indoor lap pool, or the outdoor pool on Level 7’s sun terrace with views of People’s Park. There is no spa.
Who it's for: Business executives, and leisure travelers with a weakness for rooms with a stunning view. Our favorite rooms: In corner rooms, the bathrooms have ceiling-high windows behind the mounted mirror, with grand views of Shanghai. Library in the sky: Located on the 60th floor and accessible from the Executive Floor Lounge, the Executive Library was awarded “Highest Library in the World” by Guinness World Records.