SHANGHAI TOP 10 LIST
TOP 10 LUXURY HOTELS
Le concierge orient
Once upon a time the Pudong Shangri-la was one of few luxury hotels planted at the other side of the Whampoa with the definitive Bund view. Today, its Grand Tower still retains that view and the grand bearings of a splendid and cherished luxury establishment.
A Luxury Collection Hotel
This luxurious property is proof that designer hotels need not always evolve around lesser spaces for optimal effects. Elegantly minimal yet sumptuously spacious, guests at this modern abode are at once spellbound by its classical accents amidst contemporary frame.
One of Shanghai's most alluring hotels conceived through the mastery of Jaya Ibrahim, the Puli Hotel has maintained its place of prominence in the hospitality landscape of Shanghai via an aesthetic sensitivity so exquisite, it is the pole star and measure of architectural taste and style against all others in the city.
A striking juxtaposition to the blocks of heritage Shikumen right at its flanks, The Langham Shanghai is a contemporary fixture in a city still much in love with the classical. The rooms here are handsome and modern, with a winsome atmosphere that is smart yet tranquil.
A new entrant to the luxury hospitality scene of Shanghai, the Jingan St Regis is a masterful amalgam of old world grandeur with modern subtleties. Decidedly striking Chihuly pieces juxtapose against cyclopean chandeliers to equalise the contemporary-classical divide and set into place a luxury establishment that adroitly caters to new and old clienteles.
On the Bund
Within the precincts of what constitutes style and refinements in new China, Wanda Reign on the Bund has borrowed upon an old imperial ethos to spare neither expense, nor modesty, to convey one's rights to flaunt. Within this Norman Forster designed edifice are the essence of art deco plumped up with precious deco - jade flooring, mahogany doors, rock crystal table lamps, just to name a few - to resplendent effects.
Jian Ye Li
Shanghai's priciest rooms are currently the inventory of Capella's latest flagship housed within a heritage Shikumen block in the former French Concession area. The refinements here are unmistakably Capella, though raised within the conservation perimeters of narrow units rising 4 stories. Still, these are some stunning abodes masterfully carved from immutable relics.
The progenitor of all luxury hotels in swinging Shanghai, the Peace Hotel is as storied as it is restored under Fairmont's management a century after it opened its famed doors to the glitterati of a past epoch. The Lalique appliques may be gone from the ceilings but enough was salvaged and reinstated, included splendid suites and wonderful ballrooms that evoke the romantic heydays of the Bund.
Unlike many other hotel chains imprinted with high luxury, the countenance of a Peninsula property is largely and invariably reflective of the mother-ship. How then does each single property stand on its own merits? The Peninsula Shanghai is entirely telling of the group's success through its caution against proliferation in favour of predomination. In sharing a DNA so magnificently devoted to service refinement and technological wizardry, this offshoot in the lofty metropolis of Shanghai is setting new heights even within the iconic Bund.