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.