From red rickshaws in the lobby to murals of Yuyuan Gardens in its rooms, the big-brand boutique Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund hits all the right local design notes. But first be prepared for your eyes to be dragged to the jaw-dropping views of the Bund, Huangpu River and Pudong skyline. For maximum mega-wattage, head up to the acclaimed Char restaurant and sexy rooftop bar.
Gym junkies will love that their programmes don’t need to be disrupted. FIT is a state-of-the-art gym where you can hit the treadmill while gawping at Pudong across the river. Private tai chi and yoga classes are available on request.
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Char: A great cocktail and a different perspective
Most of the ogle-worthy spots in Shanghai are on the Bund, but perched on the south bank, the view from Char offers a slightly different perspective, letting you take in both sides of the river with ease and marvel at the amount of traffic on the river itself.
The drinks are well-mixed, the restaurant has earned the reputation as one of the best steak houses in Shanghai, and the large rooftop patio makes Char a great place to revel in Shanghai's fabulous spring and fall temperatures.