We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Shanghai as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
“The W Shanghai has a plum location just north of the Bund, providing stunning views of the Pudong skyline from the outdoor pool deck. A comical touch in the 374 rooms: pillows in the shape of soup dumplings and oversized chopsticks.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Shanghai, China.
“This 26-room boutique hotel in downtown Jing’an District was once a post office and now claims to be China’s first carbon neutral hotel. The renovation, which was completed using 100 percent locally-sourced and recycled materials, has won numerous awards for its sustainability and design.”
“Slightly tucked away from the Lùjiāzu five-star hotel melee in a sheltered riverside spot, the 362-room Mandarin Oriental is a visual feast, from the beautiful oval chandeliers and multicoloured glass murals in the lobby to the excellent dining choices.”
“The long-awaited Capella Shanghai, the Singapore-based luxury chain’s first China property, opened in September in a restored Shanghai shikumen lane complex originally built for French traders in the 1930s. The property features 55 villas set in three-story traditional houses with private courtyards and rooftop balconies.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Shanghai, China.
“One of the city’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Peace is cast in the warm, subdued tints of a bygone era. Expect all the luxuries of a top-class establishment, with rooms decked out in art deco elegance, from light fixtures down to coffee tables.”
“Bulgari stands out for its ability to channel the city vibe without losing a sense of the brand’s Italian DNA. An immaculately choreographed tussle between Italian and Chinese design is enacted in marble and bronze versus silk and lacquer.”
Featured in CN Traveler’s Best New Hotels of 2019.
“The Waldorf Astoria occupies one of Shanghai’s oldest buildings: the restored 101-year-old former Shanghai Club. With giant chandeliers, neo-classical ceiling carvings and original marble floor tiles, the interior feels more like a royal palace than a hotel.”
New York Times, Frommers, Telegraph
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Shanghai is one of the busiest cities in China attracting thousands of tourists for business and pleasure alike. A dynamic city with a wonderful blend of Eastern and Western cultures, it is truly a global destination.
Located in Central Shanghai, this is home to one of China's largest football field. It draws a bevy of youngsters and expats to its shopping malls which contain all the top designer labels and chain of restaurants. There is a famous market dedicated exclusively for electronic goods.
It draws people from all over China offering a variety of merchandise. There are a few landmarks found here like the Shanghai museum, theatre and also a museum for contemporary art. Several premier hotels and global restaurants serving delicious meals are situated here.
Located along the waterfront, Waitan is also known as Bund. Restored colonial-era buildings house chic nightclubs and cocktail bars. Michelin star hotels and food stalls selling local dishes provide something for every palate.
It is commonly known as Xintiandi, and is a trendy hotspot with luxury retail stores and upscale nightlife. The streets are lined with flagship stores of global brands, and chic wine bar, several western restaurants and al fresco cafes are found in abundance.
A part of the town which is known for its futuristic ambience, with posh dance and dining options offering a panoramic view of the neighbourhood. There is a strong European influence on every aspect of life here. Since it is the financial hub of Shanghai top 5-star hotels have property located here.
Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Shanghai.
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Shanghai, then book Pentahotel. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews.
Not a fan of big chain hotels? No problem. If you want to stay in a boutique hotel in Shanghai, then you should book PuLi Hotel & Spa. The hotel has been rated highly by previous guests for its boutique style. It has also been recommended by influential travel journalists.
Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Shanghai, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.
If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Shanghai, then go for Capella Jian Ye Li. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it.
Looking for a good and affordable private room or cozy dorm in? Check out Shanghai Blue Mountain Hostel. The hostel has been highly rated by backpackers. Also check out our list of the best hostels in Shanghai.
For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $60 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $100 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Shanghai hotel then you can expect to pay around $180 per night.
Half-Day Old Shanghai Small Group Bike Tour. In a small group, this bike tour (maximum 5 guests) takes you on a historical and cultural journey through the history of one of China's most famous cities. See the Cite Bourgogne and Zhou Enlai's residence and learn about the restored Shanghai Old Street. Price: $57.
Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai. Make your way down the famous Yunnan Road, stopping at several restaurants that are local favorites. Try typical Shanghainese dishes such as scallion oil noodles, steamed buns, parched chicken, and soup dumplings with black vinegar. Price: $72.
Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience. Get the most out of your Shanghai trip by experiencing the combination of a Huangpu River cruise and a Xinjiang food experience. Price: $138.
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Shanghai is one of the four-direct controlled municipalities of China and considered the most populous city proper in the world. A global financial center and a major transport hub, it has the world’s busiest container port. Shanghai has been described as the showpiece of the booming economy of mainland China renowned for masterpieces and beautiful skyline that includes its Lujiazui skyline, museums, historic buildings and the City God Temple.
Shanghai boasts a rich collection of buildings and architectural designs of various styles. Shanghai has one of the largest numbers of Art Deco buildings in the world. Some of the most popular Art Deco buildings in the city include the Park Hotel and the Grand Theatre. Other Art Deco masterpieces in the city include the Peace Hotel, Metropole Hotel, the Broadway Mansions and the Capitol Theatre.
Modern eccentric buildings have sprung up throughout the city showing several contemporary designs and styles. Examples of such buildings include the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
Shanghai is a beautiful city and is the destination of millions of people yearly. As such, it is one of the most visited places in the world.