Shanghai hotels are some of the best in China. The city hosts a number of five-star hotels, though tourists should know that Chinese and Western rating systems differ, so what earns five stars in China would often get four in Europe or the US. Budget hotels are plentiful, with a mix of reliable chains and small independent establishments offering competitive rates and solid service. As tourism in China increases, hostels and boutique hotels are improving and increasing in number.
The Shanghai Bund offers international-standard five-star digs like the Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont Peace Hotel and the Swatch Art Peace Hotel as well as more modest (and cheaper) stays like the Astor House and Broadway Mansions to the Bund’s north. Historic accommodation can also be found in the French Concession including the whimsical Moller Villa and Mansion Hotel, the latter once home to Shanghai’s most notorious gangster.
Boutique Shanghai Charm
More boutique, intimate lodgings can be found in places like the converted traditional lane dwelling Magnolia Bed & Breakfast or the stylish, zero-carbon-footprint URBN. Travelers looking for a boutique option that’s more budget-friendly can check out the Ketangjian Boutique Hotel, conveniently located in the French Concession.
In addition to the plentiful luxury options, the Bund also offers several stylish boutique hotels like the sleek Waterhouse At South Bund, located near the restaurants and bars at the Cool Docks, and Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai, which offers incredible views of the Bund and the futuristic skyscrapers of Lujiazui.
The LeTour Hostel in Jing'an District and the Bund-side Captain Hostel (which has a rooftop bar that offers a great view of the hyper-modern Lujiazui skyline) offer cheap accommodation in town with a good social scene for backpackers looking to meet fellow travelers. Chinese budget chains like Hotel 168 and Home Inn can be found all around town offering basic private rooms with the standard accommodation.
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