Hand-Picked: The Top Five-Star Hotels in Central Shanghai

Here is my hand-picked list of the top 5-star hotels in Shanghai. I have chosen these based on their fantastic locations, the range of amenities, and most importantly the reviews and ratings of past visitors, plus my own experiences. What I present here are the top choices for luxury accommodation in central Shanghai.

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The Peninsula Shanghai

The Peninsula Shanghai is a luxurious 5-star hotel right across from the Bund and a 5-minute walk from Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street shopping district. As you’d expect they have pool, gym, sauna, and spa (by ESPA) which is popular as are their restaurants and cafe/lounge bar offerings. The rooftop bar and terrace, Sir Elly’s Terrace, offers stunning views of the Huangpu River and the skyscrapers of Pudong. In 2017, they were voted Best Hotel in Shanghai.


The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

Located in Xintiandi, the popular pedestrian street for shopping and leisure, it is also just a short walk from South Huangpi Road Subway Station (Line 1). The hotel offers an in-house SPA, 24HR fitness centre, indoor pool, and a highly regarded restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine.


Fairmont Peace Hotel On the Bund

Fairmont Peace Hotel is located on the Bund in an iconic and historic building that was built by Victor Sasson in the 1950’s. It’s a 5-minute walk from Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street and the metro station. The hotel offers a fitness center, SPA, indoor pool, and superb views of Pudong, the river, and along the Bund, from their rooftop terrace.


The Puli Hotel And Spa

Located near the beautiful Jing’an Temple it is minutes away from the metro station of the same name. The hotel offers an indoor pool, library, hot tub/jacuzzi, massage, spa and wellness centre, fitness centre and sauna.


The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Located in the heart of modern Pudong, near to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Superbrand Mall and minutes walk from Lujiazui Subway Station. The hotel offers extraordinary views of the city, the Bund, and the Huangpu river. The hotel offers 24-hour fitness centre, massage, sauna, pool, family rooms, Michelin star restaurant, and more. Be sure to visit the rooftop bar, Flair Restaurant & Bar, for amazing views.


Four Seasons Hotel Pudong

The hotel features an impressive indoor pool, massage, spa and wellness centre, fitness centre, sauna and much more. Offers beautiful city views and the swimming pool is something of an icon.


Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Located on the historic Bund the hotel features a nightclub, indoor pool, massage, spa and wellness centre, fitness centre, sauna, and more.


Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Located in Pudong near the river, the hotel features an indoor pool, a spa, fitness centre and 5 dining options. The hotel offers beautiful views from the luxurious rooms.


Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

Located in The Bund, the hotel offers 24-hour fitness centre. Some rooms offer superb views along the historic Bund and across the Huangpu river.


IFC Residence

A superb location, the IFC is an icon of the Pudong area and conveniently located right atop Lujiazui Metro Station. Just minutes from the Jin Mao Tower and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The hotel also offers a fitness centre, garden, sun terrace, children’s playground and much more.


Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai

Located near the Jing’an Temple, Jiuguang Department Store, Jing An Shangri-La, Jing’an Kerry Centre and just minutes walk from the metro station on line 2. The hotel features a fitness centre, indoor pool, spa, and much more.

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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

Located near to Nanjing Road (western end) and 5 minutes walk from People’s Square metro station. The hotel is right beside Agile International Plaza which offers retail shopping and dining. The hotel offers family suites, indoor pool, spa and wellness centre, fitness centre and more.


InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin

A unique hotel experience. Spreading over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel features French provincial-style villas and 4 historical buildings including the Morris Residence. The prime shopping areas of Huaihai Road and Tian Zi Fang are within walking distance. The hotel features a wellness spa, fitness centre, pool, garden and much more.


Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

Located minutes walk from People’s Square Metro Station and right beside the Shimao International Plaza. The hotel offers family rooms, indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness centre and more.


Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

Superb location near Yu Garden and right beside the metro station of the same name. The hotel features an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre, 6 dining options, club lounge, jacuzzi and more.


Hilton Shanghai

Jing’an Temple and the subway station of the same name is a 5-10 minute walk away. The Shanghai Exhibition Centre is nearby. The hotel features spa, fitness centre, and pool.

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