The Best Hotels in Shanghai
Collected by Afar Magazine
China's largest city has a plethora of hotels. The Bund, a famed waterfront promenade, and the futuristic skyline of Pudong contain iconic luxury hotels, in flavors both shiny and modern as well as dignified art deco. Find the perfect guest room for your Shanghai adventure.
Four thousand modern art pieces throughout public areas and guest rooms enliven this Pudong waterfront hotel, opened in April 2013. The highlight is the lobby’s Glass Murals, made from almost 72,000 mosaic tiles and inspired by local artist...
88 Songshan Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200021
The first Andaz—Hyatt’s line of spirited urban properties—in Asia, this curved tower with a webbed-style exterior sits in the entertainment hub Xintiandi, known for its traditional Shanghainese Shikumen architecture (narrow homes...
20 Nanjing E Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200002
In a city packed with new construction, this art deco landmark stands out, a fixture on the Huangpu River for more than eight decades. The hotel is divided into North and South buildings. The 1920s North building, known as Sassoon House for its...
1-3 Maojiayuan Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200010
Situated east of the city’s old town, in an area known as Shiliupu—the focal point for shipping and trading activities in the 1800s—this converted 1930s army barrack opened as a hotel in 2010. The design blurs internal and...
China, Shanghai Shi, Pudong Xinqu, ShiJi GongYuan, 花木路800号 邮政编码: 201204
This property opened in March 2011 under the direction of Arata Isozaki, the mind behind the design of Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium and the Los Angeles MOCA. The hotel’s shape represents the ancient Chinese ritual object called yu cong,...
99 Madang Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200021
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...
399 Nanjing W Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200003
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...
1 Changde Rd, JingAnSi, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040
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....
33 Fucheng Rd, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, China, 200120
This huge property comprising two towers—the River Wing and the Grand Tower—showcases Huangpu River views from its position by the riverside promenade. The Grand Tower, designed by New York–based Kohn Pedersen Fox, features 375...
210 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120
Opened in 2012, the Four Seasons Pudong resides in what’s known locally as the Jewel Box—the 50-story, 21st Century Tower, a rectangular prism in the heart of the Lujiazui business district. Art-filled interiors pull their inspiration...
183 Jiaozhou Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Occupying a former factory in the tree-lined Jing’An District, this sleek property uses recycled and locally sourced materials in its design, including reclaimed gray bricks from old Shanghai houses. A wall of antique suitcases salvaged from...
931 Nanjing W Rd, NanJing XiLu, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200041
Housed in a 1920s stone building, the former JIA hotel was made over by New York–based designer Jay Godfrey and rebranded as Cachet Boutique in 2014. The refurbishment includes updated rooms, a gym with new machines, and a partnership with...
1218 Yan'an Middle Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040
Hotel heavyweights Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and Hirsch Bedner Associates masterminded the look and feel of Shangri-La’s third property in Shanghai, opened in June 2013 on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River. The centerpiece of the...
Lujiazui, Pudong, China, 200000
One of Pudong’s marquee buildings, the Cesar Pelli–designed Shanghai IFC, is the setting for this 285-room property. Occupying the top 18 floors of the South Tower, the Ritz-Carlton opened in June 2010 during the World Expo, themed...
100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120
1376 Nanjing W Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040
As the centerpiece of the Shanghai Center complex on Nanjing Road, the 45-story Portman Ritz-Carlton melds contemporary Chinese with traditional European-style decor. Textiles in guest rooms echo the materials used in the qipao, or cheongsam....
Pudong, China, 200000
Opened in 1996 in the heart of the Lujiazui finance and trade zone as Pudong’s first five-star hotel—and the first InterContinental in Mainland China—this tower resembles a book with a gleaming glass spine. Its location places it...
2 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Comprising a neoclassical building completed in 1910 and a modern 24-story tower, with a courtyard and promenade in between, this four-year-old property has an enviable position right on the Bund. The heritage building formerly housed the...
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