Your experience in each city around the world is unique, so shouldn’t your hotel stay be too? Although you should always prioritize comfort no matter where you stay, your hotel should also be an exciting experience in and of itself, from its décor to its amenities.
Luxurious, modern, and immaculately restored boutique hotels are becoming more and more popular throughout Shanghai from city-center to its historic neighborhoods. Check out our recommended list of Shanghai’s best Boutique Hotels.
1. URBN Boutique Shanghai
Located in the heart of Shanghai, URBN is not only uniquely stylish, but also is China’s first carbon neutral hotel. Converted from an old warehouse, the zen-like hotel is furnished with eco-chic recycled materials and hosts an excellent seafood-focused bistro featuring locally-sourced products.
📍183 Jiaozhou Rd, Jing’an District
2. Twelve at Hengshan
Located on the quaint, tree-lined Hengshan Road, this modern Chinese hotel is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, and other trendy, restored art-deco spots. Twelve at Hengshan is perfect for those who want to experience their stay in a Chinese neighborhood, rather than around malls and the hustle and bustle of the city.
📍12 Hengshan Road, Xuhui District
3. The Middle House
The recently opened upscale hotel, The Middle House, provides peak luxury in an intimate setting located in Shanghai’s historic Dazhongli land-house neighborhood. Crafted by renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni, the sleek location and its modern atmosphere feels like an oasis, especially integrated within the residence’s abundance of outdoor terraces.
📍366 Shi Men Yi Road, Jing’an District
4. Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li
Set in the rows of converted 1930s Shikumen-style lane-houses in the city’s Xuhui District, Cappella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li is the only all-villa urban resort in Shanghai. Each dazzling Shikumen villa is furnished with a private courtyard and rooftop terrace. The entire resort blends traditional Shanghainese and Western architectural styles along with its award-winning Auriga spa, chic French dining, and a collection of upscale retail and dining brands at The Gallery.
📍480 West Jianguo Road, Xuhui District
5. Cachet Boutique
Cachet Boutique might be the chicest, most cosmopolitan address in Shanghai’s city center. Glam rooms in the immaculately refurbished 1920s building feature Italian mosaic-tiled en suites, mini bars, and fully equipped kitchenettes. The stunning suites add living rooms and balconies, and the most luxurious top-floor suites and penthouse feature airy kitchens and opulent baths, as well as Chinoiserie cocktail cabinets. Head downstairs as well to explore the in-house contemporary art gallery showcasing emerging Chinese artists.
📍931 Nanjing West Road, Jing’an District
6. The Yangtze Boutique
Committed to the lavish Art Deco style, the large social resort is centrally located in People’s Square, bordered by major cultural and entertainment highlights. Refined rooms blend Art Deco with the old Shanghai style with marble living rooms and bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and balconies. Upgraded suites feature a spacious dining and living area, private balcony, luxurious bathrooms, and an infinity edge bath. The hotel also features elegant dining options, a bar, and an opulent lounge space.
📍740 Hankou Rd, Huangpu District
7. Sky Fortune
This first thing you notice when stepping inside this sophisticated hotel lobby is the massive, sky-high ceiling and its all-around luxurious décor. Each room is equally well decorated and spacious with comfortable beds and en suites. Sky Fortune also boasts one of the best in-hotel gyms in all of Shanghai, set for traditional workouts, CrossFit, and even boxing.
📍358 Hongxu Rd, Minhang District
8. SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund
Just a short walk from the 16th century Yu Gardens near Shanghai’s Bund waterside promenade, this boutique offers rooms with elegant wood accents. Upgraded rooms feature a soaking tub, walk-in shower, separate sitting room, and city views. Visitors should also explore the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows, bar, library, and rooftop terrace.
📍839 Renmin Rd, Huangpu District
9. Pudi Boutique Hotel
Located in the Former French Concession near the famous Fuxing Park, this 8-story hotel features luxurious European-style rooms and even a cigar bar. Focused on privacy, comfort, and 24/7 butler service, this gem can certainly be described as a real boutique hotel. Dogs are also welcome to stay well booked in advanced!
📍99 Yandang Rd, Huangpu District
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