Recommended Shanghai Luxury Hotels & Hostels (5-star)

As a fascinating metropolis with a soaring modern skyline, western architectures, and traditional gardens, Shanghai is the city with the best hotels in China, from modern skyscrapers with vertiginous observation decks to the exotic cozy boutique stay by the riverside. The accommodation options are so varied that there’s something to suit every fantasy.

To help narrow it down, We’ve ranked the top hotels in Shanghai based on rate, price, location, and recommendations from real travelers. From the luxury 5-star to the budget 3-star, from traditional to modern. See our editor's picks for some of Shanghai's best hotels below.

Shanghai Accommodation

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

Breakfast: Western & Chinese

Add: No. 399 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Surrounding: Xintiandi, the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Jing’an Temple

Distance to Downtown: 500m;

Distance to Hongqiao Airport: 16km;

Distance to Pudong Airport: 46km;

Distance to Shanghai Railway Station: 3km

Wood-panelled doors, exceptional service and remarkable 360 degree views of the People's Square and central Shanghai. Just checking on the 38th floor with its floor-to-wall windows is an exhilarating experience. A contender for Shanghai's best hotel. Also close to all main attractions, including Nanjing Road, the park across the street and Shanghai Museum.

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

Breakfast: Western & Chinese

Add: No.88 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Surrounding: Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, People’s Square, the Bund

Distance to Downtown: 1km;

Distance to Hongqiao Airport: 19km;

Distance to Pudong Airport: 43km;

Distance to Shanghai Railway Station: 3km

The hotel has good location to everywhere and good value. Rooms have everything you need. With what are essentially an office and a separate bedroom, the hotel is perfect for business. The rotating restaurant serves delicious food across a wide range of cuisines. Very kind and friendly staff will serve you from check-in to check-out.

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

Breakfast: Western & Chinese

Add: No. 159 Henan South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Surrounding: Yu Garden & Bazaar, the Bund, Nanjing Road, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum

Distance to Downtown: 2km;

Distance to Hongqiao Airport: 18km;

Distance to Pudong Airport: 42km;

Distance to Shanghai Railway Station: 5km

This hotel has a great location, within walking distance to the downtown. From check-in to check-out the staffs are friendly and polite. The communal areas and 337 rooms (suites) are decorated to a high standard and provide all needed amenities. Here, you have endless choice of breakfast, western and Chinese, and it changes daily.

Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel Limited

Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel Limited

Breakfast: Western & Chinese

Add: No. 1225 Nanjing West Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai

Surrounding: Jing’an Temple, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum

Distance to Downtown: 2km;

Distance to Hongqiao Airport: 15km;

Distance to Pudong Airport: 45km;

Distance to Shanghai Railway Station: 3km

The hotel is in an excellent location, is very well kept and has a great breakfast buffet included. The 515 rooms are lovely spacious, very clean and at a comfortable temperature. Large bathroom with a reasonable shower is over the bath. And the price is reasonable for your stay.

Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai

Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai

Breakfast: Western & Chinese

Add: No.595 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai (People's Square)

Surrounding: Nanjing Road, the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Waibaidu Bridge, Xintiandi

Distance to Downtown: 1.5km;

Distance to Hongqiao Airport: 19km;

Distance to Pudong Airport: 42km;

Distance to Shanghai Railway Station: 3.6km

Howard Johnson Plaza is in brilliant location for tourists, just off Nanjing Road. The service at this hotel is terrific. People at the front desk all speak English, so you could get smooth and easy check-in and check-out. The 360 rooms are very comfortable, in good condition and have everything you needed.

How to Plan a Shanghai Tour

How to Get to Shanghai: You can fly to Shanghai directly from Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Los Angeles & many overseas countries (regions) and almost all major Chinese cities, like Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Guilin; or take high speed bullet train to Shanghai from Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Suzhou and hundreds of cities in China.

Best Time to Visit Shanghai: March to May (in spring) & September to November (in autumn), because these periods offer beautiful nature scenery and comfortable weather for outdoor sightseeing and activities.

Top Attractions to Visit in Shanghai: The Bund, Shanghai Museum, French Concession, World Financial Center, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Disney Resort…

Best known as an international popular tourist destination, Shanghai perfectly preserves mixed culture of the western and eastern. The duration and theme of your Shanghai tour can be flexibly arranged based on your time and interests. Usually, tourists spend 1 to 2 days on sightseeing the most famous landmarks in Shanghai, including the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center (WFC) - the highest skyline in Lujiazui, various historical architectures, Yu Garden, City God Temple along the Bund and busy Nanjing Road. Local culture lovers can use one extra day to visit Tianzifang, Zhujiajiao Water Town, while family travelers can have fun in Shanghai Disney Resort. Meanwhile, you can also experience Maglev Train (the world’s fastest high speed bullet train) and energetic nightlife, taste diverse snacks to make your Shanghai tour interesting and memorable.

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Convenient transportation makes it quite efficient and popular to make day trips from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Suzhou, and longer vacation in Huangshan Mountain, Nanjing, Mount Jiuhua and other places in surrounding areas to discovery distinctive traditional Chinese culture and history and spectacular nature. You can visit West Lake to capture the scenic sights and learn the tea culture of China in Hangzhou, marvel at fantastic architecture art and tasteful ancient life in notable elegant Jiangnan style gardens and closely witness the manufacturing processing of elaborate Suzhou silks. Splendid rocky mountains standing with exotic pine trees, magnificent sunrise & sunset are the can’t miss highlights in Huangshan Mountain.

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Beijing Xian Shanghai are golden triangle cities often visited together for a week holiday. You can use 3 days to visit the Great Wall and major iconic spots like Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven in Beijing, and leave 2 days for fulfilling your Terracotta Warriors tour in Xian. With more time, you can extend the trip from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Chengdu, Yunnan, Silk Road, Tibet and more phenomenal destinations to enrich your China discovery. (more top China tours from Shanghai >>)

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