A pulsating city packed with history, culture and glamour, Shanghai is an incredible city to explore. Whether you want to splash the cash or stick to a budget, you’ll need a great place to stay as your base for discovering the secrets of Shanghai. Here, we’ve provided you with five interesting options where you can rest your head while you’re in the city.
Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai
This funky boutique hotel is quite the sight from the outside with its striking curved appearance, and the artistic impression continues throughout its contemporary, stylish interior. Expect plenty of clean lines, wooden floors and modern furnishings in your room, with splashes of blue lighting jazzing things up too. You’ll have great views out across Shanghai’s distinctive skyline, and the chance to dine in restaurants like main eatery Hai Pai, which combines traditional Shanghainese food with modern flavours. The hotel also has a great location in the buzzing Xintiandi neighbourhood, which you can go and explore after sipping your free happy hour cocktail.
Cost per night: From £160
Shanghai Lianbang Hotel
With its neon lights out front and relatively modest rooms once you’re inside, the Lianbang Hotel might not seem like your cup of green tea on the face of it. However, if you’re on a tight budget but don’t want to compromise being in a great location, this could be the place for you. Sitting in Shanghai’s central Luwan district, it’s not far to get to the Bund or Xintiandi. The hotel offers karaoke facilities if you’re looking for a bit of fun, as well as a hot tub for when it’s time to sit back and relax.
Cost per night: From £20
Pudong Shangri-la East Shanghai
Sitting on the eastern bank of the Huangpu River, the Pudong Shangri-la has a fabulous location. Surrounded by glass-fronted skyscrapers, you might have great views of one of the world’s tallest buildings, the soaring Shanghai Tower, or out across the river depending on which part of the hotel your room’s in. Soak up the impressive panoramas while you go for a swim in the pool, before heading over to the popular Bund district with its historical buildings and riverfront walkway. After you’ve explored, head back to the five-star surroundings of your luxurious room or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment.
Cost per night: From £150
One of the highest hotels in the world, the Park Hyatt occupies floors 79 to 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Centre, a towering skyscraper which tops out at almost 500 metres. Considering its fabulous location, breathtaking views and five-star luxury, rates are surprisingly good, especially if you book in advance.
Cost per night: From £200
Hotel Massenet at Sinan Mansions
If you’re after the ultimate in extreme luxury, look no further than Hotel Massenet at Sinan Mansions. With a fabulous setting in the leafy French Concession district not far from the Xintiandi neighbourhood, the Sian Mansions include 49 restored historical buildings and offer some of the most exclusive accommodation anywhere in China. You’ll have your own sumptuous villa to relax in, beautifully decorated with lavish features such as ornate chandeliers to capture your imagination. All this doesn’t come cheap, but you’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit Shanghai.
Cost per night: From £4,000
Wherever you decide to stay, Shanghai is a city with so much to offer, so start planning your trip to this wonderful destination today.