Hotels

Accommodation for holiday makers and travelers can find a diverse range of accommodation options in Shanghai, including low-end hotels right through to 5-star hotels and penthouses. There are loads of budget options too, but a tip about that later.

For the most part, choosing your accommodation in Shanghai is about considering your plans in the city, choosing a location that makes transport easy, choosing a place with the amenities you desire and of course, language considerations. Most starred hotels will have someone that speaks at least some English, while your western chain hotels you’ll find that most staff will speak at least some level of English. Many of the backpacker hostels have English speakers.

Tip: first-time visitors are recommended to choose four-star hotels and above. On contacting the Shanghai Tourism Complaint line about poor service and dodgy facilities the response was that they will only assist foreign guests with accommodation complaints if they are staying in four-star and above hotels

These lists are based on shared local knowledge, suitability for foreign guests, and past visitor reviews:

My picks for the best places to stay in Shanghai (based on overseas visitor reviews, amenities, star-rating and overall value)

Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located in the heart of Jing’an District, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai. It boasts a spa and wellness centre, an indoor pool and gourmet cuisines across several stylish restaurants and bars. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property.

The Puli Hotel And Spa
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located in central Shanghai, It offers modern rooms with free internet and a BOSE wave music system. Its 5-star facilities include 2 dining options and a fitness center.

THE ONE Executive Suites Managed by Kempinski – Shanghai

 

5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located next to West Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road. Sophisticated European Art-Deco design and free wired internet is featured throughout the building.

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
A 3-minute walk from Peoples Square metro station. It offers spectacular views of Shanghai skyline and boasts a heated indoor pool and a hot tub.

Paramount Gallery Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located on the 12th floor of Paramount Metropolis Building, a 2-minute walk from Jingan Temple Station (line 2 and 7). It features boutique rooms fusing Art Deco and modern European designs with free Wi-Fi in all areas.

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located in The Bund. It features boutique rooms with a fusion of Art D閏o and Oriental designs overlooking Huangpu River. Free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour gym is provided. Two restaurants are offered.

Hilton Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Towering over the former French Concession Quarters, features 8 dining options and a world-class spa. It showcases a large indoor pool, fitness center and sauna.

Swissotel Grand Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located close to Jing’an subway station (lines 2 and 7), a short distance from CITIC Square and the Shanghai Museum. It boasts 4 dining options and a spectacular indoor pool with a spa pool. The luxurious rooms are equipped with flat-screen satellite TVs and high-speed internet access.

Swiss?tel Grand Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
A 10 minute walk from popular Nanjing Street, offers 5-star luxury with 42-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. It features a day spa, indoor pool and fitness facilities.

Hotel Indigo Shanghai On The Bund
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located along the Huangpu River, with spectacular views of Pudong. A 2-minute walk from Shiliupu Marina and Shiliupu Bus Station. It offers welcome drinks upon arrival, an indoor pool and modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located next to The Bund and East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street. Its modern comforts include a large indoor pool, pampering spa and rooms with free internet access.

Fraser Residence Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located one block from Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai business and entertainment centre. Offering comfort and convenience in airy apartments fusing Art Deco and Oriental-inspired bamboo accent. It features air filter, water filter and water softener. Recreational options include a wellness centre and indoor heated pool.

Lanson Place Jinlin Tiandi Residence Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located next to Xin Tiandi, a dining and entertainment area. Featuring serviced apartments, it provides free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a gym.

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located adjacent to the retail utopia of Huaihai Road and a 1-minute stroll from South Huangpi Road Subway Station (Line 1). Boasting Chuan Spa, an indoor pool and gourmet cuisine across several stylish restaurants.

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located in central Shanghai, just 100 ft from People’s Square metro station (line 1, 2 and 8). Its excellent leisure facilities include a gym and a historic ballroom.