The self-proclaimed first urban luxury resort in Shanghai has a polished, cool contemporary feel, mixing eastern and western sensibilities. Interiors lean toward dark tones and clean lines, with clever landscaping providing a sense of escape. Organic materials include liberal use of wood, stone, and marble. Large windows bring in natural light, and decor mixes contemporary with touches of traditional Chinese. Environmentally sensitive practices take multiple guises: Solar panels gather energy for hotel operation. The heatproof facade limits the need for air-conditioning. And sunshades in each room open and close automatically to let in or keep out the sun’s light and heat. Rooms also have dragon-scaled screens and cast bronze basins. Club rooms come with the perks of 24-hour check-in/check-out and butlers.
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Watch locals work through tai chi exercises each morning at the adjacent Jing’An Park. Jing’An Temple (or Temple of Peace and Tranquility) sits a little north of the park, its gilded form strongly contrasting with the modern buildings that surround it. Wheelock Square, a local landmark, is one of the tallest buildings in the area and was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. At the back of the 1788 Nanjing West Road (Nanjing Xi Lu) mall, Magnet is a cool indoor-outdoor bar-restaurant popular with locals and expats.
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Rooms: 193 rooms, 36 suites. From $665. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Jing’An presents a seasonal international menu with Asian influences. The 105-foot Long Bar, one of Shanghai’s longest drinking counters, offers wine and Champagne, and bites like crispy pork hock with chili caramel sauce. Spa and gym details: The third-floor wellness area includes a gym, steam rooms, a 25-meter infinity pool with views of Jing’An Park, and the country’s first Anantara Spa.
Who it's for: Business travelers, urban explorer families, and the moneyed design and fashion crowd. Our favorite rooms: Suites have great views of the skyline and Jing’An Park. They also come with daily breakfast, complimentary airport transfers, club access, and daily laundry. Bubbly brunch: Sunday brunch—fresh fruit in glass jars, seafood, roasted meat, imported cheese, warm bread, pickled eggs, cucumbers and onions—includes free-flowing pink Champagne.
Very nice pool with girls.No wonder everyone would like it.