Shanghai. The name alone conjures up images of oriental glamour and luxury. If you’re wondering Where to Stay in Shanghai, we have you covered. Known as the Paris of the East, Shanghai is the largest city in not only China but the world. More than 26 million people call this cosmopolitan metropolis home. Packed with modern architectural wonders, ancient temples, and Michelin Star cuisine, Shanghai was made for curious travelers. From the bright lights of the Bund to the world-famous skyscrapers of Pudong, there’s a corner of the city to suit every traveler. Discover our selection of the best Shanghai Hotels.
Where to Stay in Huangpu
Welcome to Shanghai’s glittering center: Huangpu. This area is home to the Bund, People’s Square, Yu Garden, the Shanghai Museum, and many of the city’s other top attractions. Skyscrapers dazzle across the water. Restaurants cook up endless international flavors. Rooftop bars serve cocktails with a view over the Huangpu River. So it goes without saying – this is where to stay if you want to be at the beating heart of the city. You can see the best of Huangpu on our Shanghai Private Day Tour.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On The Bund
Check-in to one of the city’s most iconic builds – the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. Constructed in 1911, this neo-classical hotel offers 260 luxurious guest rooms with incredible river views towards the Pudong skyline. The award-winning hotel has six restaurants to choose from, including the famous Wei Jing Ge which serves authentic Chinese cuisine from Canton and beyond.
2 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Wai Tan, Huangpu
Les Suites Orient Bund
Just a 10-minute walk from the Yu Garden, Les Suites Orient Bund is a magnificent Art Deco building overlooking the Huangpu River. The hotel has two restaurants and a 24-hour gym but it’s the location that steals the show. Ask for a window bathtub and enjoy a long soak with uninterrupted views over Shanghai’s most famous skyscrapers.
1 Jinling E Rd, Waitan, Huangpu
The Shanghai EDITION
If you’re looking for laid-back, modern luxury, the Shanghai EDITION is the perfect place. Located just moments away from The Bund, the EDITION Hotel is comprised of two separate towers, with 145 gorgeous rooms. Incredible skyline views can be enjoyed, not only in-room but also from one of the hotel’s stunning rooftop bars. Likewise, join Shanghai’s elite at the glamorous Japanese lzakaya-inspired restaurant, where sensational food and views collide.
199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu
The Peninsula Shanghai
The award-winning Peninsula Shanghai opened in 2009 – the flagship Peninsula Hotel in Mainland China. As one of the Bund’s most iconic buildings, the Peninsula combines contemporary comfort with glamorous Art Deco design. This is the place to stay in the city for food-lovers – The Peninsula is home to not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants. The hotel was also named No.1 in The Best Hotels in Shanghai by Travel + Leisure’s The World’s Best Awards of 2020.
No. 32, Zhongshan East Road.
Where to Stay in Pudong
On the opposite side of the river, Pudong is the hub of modern Shanghai. This is where the city’s most luxurious hotels and world-famous skyscrapers can be found. The Oriental Pearl Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the Jin Mao Tower are just a few of the iconic buildings you’ll see lighting up the night skyline. This is also where Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport is located.
Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai
As part of the luxury Kerry Parkside Lifestyle Complex, the Kerry Hotel Pudong is one of the city’s premier hotels. Located opposite Century Park – known as the green lung of Shanghai – the hotel offers 574 rooms with beautiful city and park views. Alongside three restaurants, a spa, gym, and meeting spaces, the hotel also has its microbrewery, serving handcrafted local beers.
1388 Huamu Rd, Century Park, Pudong
Park Hyatt, Shanghai
The ultimate in modern Shanghai luxury, the Park Hyatt Shanghai is a five-star hotel located on the 79th to 93rd floors of the World Financial Center. As one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Shanghai World Financial Center reaches a dazzling height of 492 meters and offers some of the best views in the entire city. If you can tear yourself away from the window, grab a bite to eat at one of the hotels many restaurants and bars. The hotel is also home to one of the city’s best spas – Shui Jing – which features a 20m swimming pool on the 85th floor.
100 Century Ave, Lujiazui, Pudong
Where to Stay in Jing’an
Named after the Jing’an Temple – one of the must-see visitor destinations – the Jing’an District is a wonderful mix of old and new. As a result, you’ll see colonial buildings alongside sleek skyscrapers. Speakeasy bars hide behind ultra-modern coffee shops. Nightclubs are concealed down ancient streets. Since the area has a large ex-pat community, Jing’an is also where you’ll find the city’s liveliest after-dark scene.
Bulgari Hotel Shanghai
Part of the SUHU CREEK riverbank project, the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai offers some of the most luxurious accommodation in the city. To create an intimate experience, the hotel features just 82 rooms, as well as BVLGARI Spa and fitness center. The rooftop restaurant – Niko Romito – is one of the most fashionable places to eat in the city. The hotel’s tower is attached to the historic Chamber of Commerce Shanghai building, where you can also try some Shanghainese specialties at Bao Li Xuan restaurant.
No.33 Henan North Road
URBN Boutique, Shanghai
An eco-hotel set in the heart of the popular Jing’an district, URBN Boutique Shanghai is perfectly positioned for all of the city’s main attractions. Just 500m from the Jing’an Temple and surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops, the hotel features modern Chinese-designed rooms, a bamboo garden, and a noteworthy seafood restaurant.
183 Jiaozhou Rd, Jing’an District
The Puli Hotel and Spa
Voted as one of the Top 20 Hotels in China by Condé Nast Traveler in 2020, the Puli Hotel and Spa has become synonymous with luxury and service, thanks to the Urban Resort Concepts belief of Hostmanship™. Ideally located between Nanjing West Road and YanAn Road, the hotel has 193 rooms and 36 suites, as well as a Michelin-star restaurant and state-of-the-art Health Club.
1 Changde Rd, Jing An Si, Jing’an District
Where to Stay Further Afield in Shanghai
See a different side to Shanghai with an island escape. Chongming Island – China’s third-largest island – offers a peaceful alternative to the busy streets of the city center.
Hyatt Regency Chongming
If you need a break from the city, the pet-friendly Hyatt Regency Chongming is an ideal retreat. In addition, its location on the island of Chongming means the hotel has beautiful views of the East China Sea and surrounding landscapes. With indoor and outdoor playgrounds for kids and the nearby Dongtan Wetland Park to explore, the Hyatt Regency Chongming provides a wonderfully green getaway.
Lane 799, Lanhai Road, Chenjia Town
Visit Shanghai: What’s Next?
You’ve picked your favorite neighborhood and booked your hotel. Now it’s time to start thinking about things to do during your visit. Browse our range of Shanghai Tours. Consider our Shanghai Evening Food Tour to experience the flavors of the city. Or discover the culinary delights of nearby Suzhou with our Walking Food Tour. No matter what tour you choose, don’t forget to read our China Culture Guide before visiting.