Photo courtesy of The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
Housed in a 100-meter-tall, concave building in the heart of Xintiandi—and across from the Andaz—the 24-story property offers rooms with enduring views over the neighborhood’s Shikumen storefronts. Accommodations combine dark woods, floor-to-ceiling windows, green and gold wool carpets with a paisleylike motif, and dual-basin bathrooms with oversized bathtubs. Shanghai’s art deco period and Xintiandi’s courtyard houses inspire interiors, while color schemes of black and green appear throughout, from the dark local granite used as flooring and walls, to green glass detailing. Another recurrent theme is the horse, a key Han symbol, laser-cut into large lobby columns and bronze beams, resembling bark on a tree.
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This vibrant area brims with restored 19th-century houses transformed into restaurants, shops, and bars. Hua Hai Middle Road is full of designer shops. Haoledi, one of the leading karaoke bars in Shanghai (originally founded in Taiwan in 1993), has its flagship outlet nearby at 2 Shunchang Rd. The dance floor here is a popular spot for a company bash. Though started in Hong Kong, clothing retailer Shanghai Tang reinvents the city’s 1920s and 1930s fashion—the company has a store in Xintiandi Plaza and a café at 333 Huang Pi Nan Rd.
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Rooms: 316 rooms, 41 suites. From $340. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The bright Tang Court has large plate-glass windows and Shanghainese, Cantonese, and dim sum dishes. Cachet splits tables between the main dining area, a lounge in the lobby, an outdoor café, and a martini bar, and menus among Asian and European cuisines. The easygoing, outdoor XTD specializes in cocktails and tapas. Spa and gym details: Expect all the latest cardiovascular and strength-training machines at the Health Club. Underwater music and fiber-optic lights are meditative distractions in the 25-meter indoor heated infinity pool. Chuan Spa, with 10 treatment rooms, bases its menu on Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses Thalgo products.
Who it's for: Couples celebrating a special occasion, high-flying execs who like a bit of fun when the workday is over. Our favorite rooms: The Chairman and Presidential suites have private sky gardens, outdoor spas, and a great ambience for holding a small party. Afternoon bubbly: The wonderfully civilized afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge comes with free-flowing Bollinger Champagne.