Best Hotels, B&B's and Hostels in Shanghai

This is a list of the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Shanghai as recommended by the most popular travel experts around the world from Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All the hotel recommendations on the list have been referenced with customer reviews, and we only list hotels which have a review rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.

This is one of the four-direct controlled municipalities of China and considered the most populous city proper in the world. A global financial center and a major transport hub, it has the world’s busiest container port. Shanghai has been described as the showpiece of the booming economy of mainland China renowned for masterpieces and beautiful skyline that includes its Lujiazui skyline, museums, historic buildings and the City God Temple.

Shanghai boasts a rich collection of buildings and architectural designs of various styles. Shanghai has one of the largest numbers of Art Deco buildings in the world. Some of the most popular Art Deco buildings in the city include the Park Hotel and the Grand Theatre. Other Art Deco masterpieces in the city include the Peace Hotel, Metropole Hotel, the Broadway Mansions and the Capitol Theatre.

Modern eccentric buildings have sprung up throughout the city showing several contemporary designs and styles. Examples of such buildings include the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

Shanghai is a beautiful city and is the destination of millions of people yearly. As such, it is one of the most visited places in the world.

If you like our list of best places to stay in Shanghai, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Seoul or the best hotels in Beijing.

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  • 4.5 URBN Hotel Shanghai

    URBN Boutique Hotel, Shanghai

    CNN

    “This 26-room boutique hotel in downtown Jing’an District was once a post office and now claims to be China’s first carbon neutral hotel. The renovation, which was completed using 100 percent locally-sourced and recycled materials, has won numerous awards for its sustainability and design.”

  • 4.4 W Hotel Bund Shanghai

    W Hotel The Bund, Shanghai

    New York Times

    “The W Shanghai has a plum location just north of the Bund, providing stunning views of the Pudong skyline from the outdoor pool deck. A comical touch in the 374 rooms: pillows in the shape of soup dumplings and oversized chopsticks.”

    Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Shanghai, China.

  • 4.7 Mandarin Pudong Shanghai

    Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

    Lonely Planet

    “Slightly tucked away from the Lùjiāzu five-star hotel melee in a sheltered riverside spot, the 362-room Mandarin Oriental is a visual feast, from the beautiful oval chandeliers and multicoloured glass murals in the lobby to the excellent dining choices.”

  • 4.5 Bulgari Shanghai

    Bulgari Hotel, Shanghai

    CN Traveler

    “Bulgari stands out for its ability to channel the city vibe without losing a sense of the brand’s Italian DNA. An immaculately choreographed tussle between Italian and Chinese design is enacted in marble and bronze versus silk and lacquer.”

    Featured in CN Traveler’s Best New Hotels of 2019.

  • 4.2 Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

    Hotel Equatorial, Shanghai

    CNN

    “One of the first hotels in Shanghai built to receive international travelers after the Chinese economy opened up to world trade, the 520-room, four-star lodging is in the thick of things.”

  • 4.0 Pentahotel Shanghai

    Pentahotel, Shanghai

    CNN

    “All 250 rooms at Pentahotel are fitted out in a minimalistic style with views over downtown residential buildings. The hotel is near three metro lines.”

  • 4.4 Kevin's Old House Shanghai

    Hotel Kevin’s Old House, Shanghai

    Lonely Planet

    “Housed in a secluded 1927 four-storey French Concession villa, this lovely, quiet place is run by a friendly, English-speaking owner. Six spacious suites are spread throughout the house. Suite 328 is the pick of the bunch.”

  • 4.5 Capella Shanghai

    Capella Jian Ye Li, Shanghai

    New York Times

    “The long-awaited Capella Shanghai, the Singapore-based luxury chain’s first China property, opened in September in a restored Shanghai shikumen lane complex originally built for French traders in the 1930s. The property features 55 villas set in three-story traditional houses with private courtyards and rooftop balconies.”

    Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Shanghai, China.

  • 4.5 Park Hyatt Shanghai

    Park Hyatt Hotel, Shanghai

    CNN

    “The Park Hyatt provides the best angle to view Shanghai: from the top. Occupying the upper part of the 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center, all 174 rooms enjoy stunning vistas overlooking Lujiazui high-rises, the Huangpu River or the Puxi downtown area.”

  • 4.5 Waldorf Astoria Shanghai

    Waldorf Astoria on The Bund, Shanghai

    CNN

    “The Waldorf Astoria occupies one of Shanghai’s oldest buildings: the restored 101-year-old former Shanghai Club. With giant chandeliers, neo-classical ceiling carvings and original marble floor tiles, the interior feels more like a royal palace than a hotel.”

  • 4.8 Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

    Fairmont Peace Hotel On The Bund, Shanghai

    Lonely Planet

    “One of the city’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Peace is cast in the warm, subdued tints of a bygone era. Expect all the luxuries of a top-class establishment, with rooms decked out in art deco elegance, from light fixtures down to coffee tables.”

FAQ

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai?
Shanghai is one of the busiest cities in China attracting thousands of tourists for business and pleasure alike. A dynamic city with a wonderful blend of Eastern and Western cultures, it is truly a global destination.

Xujiahui
Located in Central Shanghai, this is home to one of China's largest football field. It draws a bevy of youngsters and expats to its shopping malls which contain all the top designer labels and chain of restaurants. There is a famous market dedicated exclusively for electronic goods.

People’s Square
It draws people from all over China offering a variety of merchandise. There are a few landmarks found here like the Shanghai museum, theatre and also a museum for contemporary art. Several premier hotels and global restaurants serving delicious meals are situated here.

Waitan
Located along the waterfront, Waitan is also known as Bund. Restored colonial-era buildings house chic nightclubs and cocktail bars. Michelin star hotels and food stalls selling local dishes provide something for every palate.

New World
It is commonly known as Xintiandi, and is a trendy hotspot with luxury retail stores and upscale nightlife. The streets are lined with flagship stores of global brands, and chic wine bar, several western restaurants and al fresco cafes are found in abundance.

Lujiazui
A part of the town which is known for its futuristic ambience, with posh dance and dining options offering a panoramic view of the neighbourhood. There is a strong European influence on every aspect of life here. Since it is the financial hub of Shanghai top 5-star hotels have property located here.
Which Shanghai hotel offers great views?
If you're looking for a room with a view, then try Waldorf Astoria on The Bund or W Hotel The Bund. Both hotels offer amazing views of Shanghai according to recent customer reviews.
How much does it cost to stay in a Shanghai hotel?
For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $60 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $100 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Shanghai hotel then you can expect to pay around $180 per night.