STAY: Top 5 Hotels To Rest And Relax In Shanghai

Authenticity, design-oriented…well, properties with a whole lotta character.

As you can imagine, there are far too many hotel options in Shanghai. So how did we choose? Authenticity, design-oriented…well, properties with a whole lotta character. So here are our top 5 picks for where you should stay in China’s metropolis. Something for everyone…

The Swatch Art Peace Hotel 斯沃琪和平饭店艺术中心

Made for the art fanatics

23 Nanjing E Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, Kina, 200001 (map, website)
Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency
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As one of the most historic buildings in Shanghai, The Swatch Art Peace Hotel’s façade was built in 1906 which explains the elegant Victorian Renaissance exterior. If you’re a fan of concept stores like Colette in Paris, then you’ll love this idea of a concept hotel where the Swatch Group combines a hotel, and a creative space where artists can work in the studios with a communal library, a kitchen and lounges. In exchange, international artists can display their artworks in the hotel gallery as part of the collection in the property. Don’t miss the upstairs restaurant and bar Shook! featuring amazing views of the city.

URBN Hotel Shanghai

Eco & green-conscious travelers

183 Jiaozhou Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200040 (map, website)
URBN Hotels & Resorts
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Catering to a booming group of travelers – the sustainable, eco-friendly folks – URBN Hotel is a reassuring reminder that the Chinese are doing something to fight global warming. This former factory warehouse has 26-bedrooms constructed from reused bamboo and wood, whispering ommm and meditative vibes. The hotel uses recycled and locally sourced materials. Even if you haven’t been a part of the eco-tourism movement, this property is a fantastic oasis to rest and relax.

Twelve at Hengshan

For savvy business travelers

12 Hengshan Rd, Xuhui, Shanghai, China (map, website)

As the capital of today’s business mecca in the East, there isn’t a shortage of business hotels in Shanghai. But Twelve at Henghsnan – also a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection – is a chic hub designed by Mario Botta. The Italian architect created a tranquil spot for business jetsetters to feel sophisticated and cozy simultaneously. For a bit of green within the 171-room building, there’s a central courtyard offering hush moments away from the city chaos. The hotel comes with splendid spa services, fitness center…and all that jazz.

The Waterhouse at South Bund 水舍時尚設計酒店

For conceptual design hotel seekers

1-3 Maojiayuan Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200010 (map, website)
The Waterhouse At South Bund
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Situated right on Huangpu River, The Waterhouse at South Bund challenges the traditional and ordinary idea of a hotel. An old 1930’s space was transformed into 19 rooms that mesh the old and the new with spectacular views of the city. Not to mention the massive event space, a swanky rooftop bar and the ultra-cool Table No 1 – a destination restaurant serving modern European cuisine.

Le Sun Chine 上海紳公館

For Relais & Châteaux lovers & longer stays

1220 Hua Shan Lu, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200052 (map, website)
Le Sun Chine Shanghai
Le Sun Chine Shanghai

The 1930’s Edwardian mansion may be smaller than your average business hotel in Shanghai, but what sets this 16-suites gem apart from others is its extended-stay option which comes with amenities one would expect from any luxury boutique hotel. The contemporary rooms were produced by international interior designer Julian Coombs, who wanted to transport guests to a world of Londontown chic. The hotel restaurant highlights Shanghainese cuisine, and don’t miss the unique champagne bar.


Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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