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Best cruise port hotels as picked and recommended by members of our groups:

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where iconic views of the modern city skyline meet the elegant, ancient Yu Gardens

Kent L: “Heartwarming attitude and comfortable experience!
I absolutely love Hotel Indigo. The service attitude is earnest and considerate with zero flaws. The interior and the setup are relaxing and comforting which allowed me to be more focused and productive.”
Lisa B: “Awesome boutique hotel
Wonderful spacious room. The ones facing the bund have a wonderful view of the bund. Everything works perfectly. Nice small indoor swimming pool and fantastic outside terrace/bar.”

At the Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund hotel, found along the south end of the Huangpu River, their lobby’s eclectic sculptures and installations bring artifacts, such as retired rickshaws and shipyard metal reclaimed from historic Shiliupu Dock to life.

The neighborhood is reflected in each of the guest rooms through carefully sourced Shikumen bricks, spa-like bathroom decor suggesting Pudong’s skyline, and murals of nearby Yu Garden. Enjoy the indoor pool with river views before you share authentic Xia long bao dumplings in the library at Quay, the neighborhood cafe, or taste the glamour of old Shanghai at CHAR Bar & Grill. They offer four event spaces with natural light perfect for everything from brainstorms to fashion shows. For something different, ask the team members for tips on dining in Cool Docks or shopping on Nanjing Road.

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indulge in Chinese history

Adam J: “Amazing cultural experience at a luxury Aman resort.
We stayed in a Ming courtyard room which was a modern suite adjacent to one of the historic villas. Everything about our stay was first-class, from airport transportation to the food and spa experience to the friendly customer service and cultural center. We loved the tea experience and wish we had more time to try some of the other activities during our stay. The food was Michelin-star worthy especially the breakfast and our Christmas Eve dinner at ARVA.”

What do you do when you’ve got an undistinguished parcel of land just outside of Shanghai, and, 700 kilometers away, in Jianxi Province, a collection of historic homes, dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, that are about to be subsumed by a dam project? If you’re Mr. Ma Dadong, an entrepreneur and Jianxi native, you spare no expense in rescuing the homes, moving them — brick by brick, stone by stone — to the site of your newest luxury resort: Amanyangyun. And, just for good measure, you transport a complete forest as well, comprising more than ten thousand centuries-old camphor trees, to provide Amanyangyun with a suitably picturesque backdrop.

What wasn’t designed by Ming and Qing craftsmen was designed by Kerry Hill, hotel architect extraordinaire, who’s made a fine career out of collaboration with the Aman group. He’s responsible not just for the contemporary common spaces — the restaurant spaces, the spa — but for the interiors of the suites, pavilions, and villas that now occupy the historic houses. Check the room descriptions for details, if you need them, but when you’re talking about an Aman resort you can take for granted that they’re exquisitely designed and as luxurious as anything you’ll find anywhere in the world.

A cultural pavilion, called “Nan Shufang,” offers guests an introduction to traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting, while the new forest park provides total immersion in nature. Meanwhile, the restaurants and bars include Chinese, Japanese, and Italian options, as well as a cocktail bar and a cigar lounge. The spa is as extravagant as you’d expect, comprising no fewer than ten treatment rooms, a Russian banya, a Moroccan hammam, indoor and outdoor pools, and facilities for yoga and pilates in addition to a well-equipped gym. What’s special about Amanyangyun is what’s special about all the Aman hotels: they’re totally familiar and yet totally surprising at the same time.

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In the historic riverside Bund, feel the reinterpretation of Shanghai fashion

The Peninsula Shanghai, which opened in 2009, is the flagship store of The Peninsula Hotels in Mainland China. The Peninsula Shanghai sits on the iconic Shanghai Bund, a beacon of the luxury hotel industry. 

With good facilities, high standards of service, and two Michelin restaurants, The Peninsula Hotel in Shanghai, its interior design perfectly embodies the perfect blend of Art Deco art and contemporary comfort. Since its opening, the hotel has won a series of awards from well-known domestic and foreign institutions and publications.

In the just-issued 2020 Forbes Travel Guide, the Peninsula Shanghai has once again won the prestigious status of a five-star hotel. This is also the ninth year that the hotel has won the honor of the authoritative guide for global high-end hotels, restaurants, and spas.

In addition, The Peninsula Shanghai has also been ranked first in the “Condé Nast Traveler” Global Travel Gold List 2020 and Travel + Leisure (US version) “Shanghai City Hotel” list.

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Situated in the heart of Shanghai. Highly recommended hotel by many cruise passengers.

Camilla P: “A wonderful and great stay. All perfect and relaxing. The perfect place to stay and visit Shanghai. The room was comfortable and clean. Good quality of breakfast and food. Price in line with the best hotel.”
Kent C: “Nice & comfort hotel, very stylish design & decor on lobby & room as well. The friendly staffs explain very well during check-in. Very good location to reach an attractive site inside City. Price is good as well.”


An Urban Resort. Where Luxury is Handcrafted

It’s the city of the future, Shanghai — lucky, then, that its hotels, as a class, have quickly joined the ranks of the best in the world. For a little evidence supporting that proposition, one need look no further than the PuLi Hotel and Spa. Where one might expect another outpost of the established big-luxury chains, we find the flagship of a new group, the prosaically named Urban Resort Concepts — they’re saving the poetry, it seems, for the product itself.

At least there’s no chance of missing the point of what kind of experience it’s meant to provide. The 26-story tower takes care of the urban part, and the sophisticated interiors of the guest rooms, with their clean lines and muted colors, point towards the PuLi’s city origins. Physical luxuries abound, and the rooms’ electronic amenities keep guests feeling as wired as can be.

Its resort credentials, however, aren’t really in question either — the hotel’s wellness center is as extensive as any full-service health club, and the spa is run by Anantara, an outfit with a fair bit of expertise in such matters. And even the views contribute, in their way; in the distance is the Shanghai skyline, but the more immediate vistas are of the green and leafy JingAn park.

Travel advisory: Passport and visa requirements differ from country to country. Please check with your local authority before booking.

How to get there:

The PuLi is approximately a 20-minute drive from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and a 45-minute drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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5 star Luxury Hotel perfect as a pre or post-cruise stay. Located in Pudong Shanghai.

James M: “I was here before our cruise and was blown away by the room in this hotel! The layout and interior design were really cool! The location is a short walk from the Financial District and the whole area felt upmarket and safe.”
Stephane C: “The best hotel in the area!
I have been to Shanghai a few times and I have to say that this hotel is great for the service( speak good English), the restaurants, and also the location when you travel pre-cruise. 
The breakfast buffet is great, a good mix of Chinese and western food. The dinner buffet is also really good.

Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East is a 22-story venue in a shopping area of Shanghai providing a sun terrace, an outdoor pool area, and a golf course. The accommodation comprises 324 cozy rooms.

Jinmao Tower is 9 km away. It is also situated 10 km from Heping Fandian. This grand hotel is located close to Century Park. Concordia Theater and ZaoZhuang Lu XiuXian Jie are in proximity to the property.

Guest rooms include a heating system, a mini-refrigerator, and a kitchen. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy wonderful views. There is also an electric kettle, a dishwasher, and glassware.

It offers a daily buffet breakfast. The onsite 卡萨琳戈意大利餐厅 restaurant serves Cantonese cuisine. The lounge bar is ideal for a relaxing drink. It is a 15-minute walk from Jinqiao Road tube station. Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East features a heated indoor pool as well as fitness classes and a gym area.

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In the space of a few short years Andaz, the Hyatt group’s luxury-boutique brand, has firmly established itself in some tough Western markets: London, New York, Los Angeles, among others. But it’s in Shanghai that it faces what might be its sternest test. When it comes to luxury hotels, the big cities of Asia are in a league of their own, not just in terms of the classic values of hospitality, but lately in design as well. As they used to say about New York, in another context altogether — if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

We’ll spoil the surprise a bit by coming right out and saying the Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is a success. There’s something a bit Star Wars about the building, a curvy tower in the Xintiandi entertainment district, but it works. Brand consistency emerges in a series of complimentary: drinks and snacks in thoughtful locations throughout the property, plus included WiFi and a little something to welcome you and send you on your way. And the interiors, in what has become something of an Andaz trademark, manage to be highly inventive yet totally classic at the same time — impressive enough to feed the design junkie’s habit, yet not so outré as to alienate the luxury-hotel traditionalist.

The rooms are gorgeous, with shades of red playing a major role, and textures in rich hardwood standing in for the complimentary gold. The LED lighting system changes color to track most any mood, as do the basins and bathtubs, the lighting being one of many things guests can control from the so-called DigiValet — an iPad from which you can work the television, close the shades, order room service, read your favorite newspaper, and the list goes on. On the low-tech end of the spectrum, the tactile sense is considered as well, from the rich fabric textures to the heated bathroom floors. You’d consider yourself lucky to be posted here on business, and well looked after to boot — but a room like this is made for entertaining.

So are the public spaces. An extremely well-equipped gym, spa, and pool will keep you in fine trim, but it’s the restaurant, bar, and lounge that you’ll want to show off. Hai Pai is the modern Shanghainese restaurant, doing brisk business all day and into the night, high tea included — but make sure you save room for Éclair, the hotel’s very fine French patisserie.

Travel advisory: Passport and visa requirements differ from country to country. Please check with your local authority before booking.

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With panoramic views of the famous Bund

To read it from the newspapers over the last few years you’d think Beijing was unequivocally the capital of the Chinese building boom. But on the Bund in Shanghai, the architectural expression has long been the order of the day. It’s here that Les Suites, in their first expansion from Taiwan to the mainland, has set up shop, constructing a brand-new 23-story Art Deco tower as the setting for their latest hotel, Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai.

At 168 studios and suites, it’s larger than both the original Les Suites hotels combined, and the high-rise format is a departure from the low-slung compound layouts of its sisters. But the translation seems effortless — these suites are just as effortlessly stylish, and the atmosphere, however urban the surroundings, is just as calming. The design is at once cosmopolitan and idiomatically Chinese, and modern through and through.

The fixtures and fittings are modern as well, which is to be expected, but among Les Suites’ greatest strengths is something decidedly low-tech: the views. There really isn’t a bad one in the house, overlooking as they do either the Bund, the river, or the Shanghai city skyline. And despite its high-rise plan, Les Suites keeps a discreet atmosphere throughout — there’s a gym as well as some meeting rooms, and a lounge and cigar bar for socializing, but there’s little of the circus ambiance of the busiest grand hotels.

Travel advisory: Passport and visa requirements differ from country to country. Please check with your local authority before booking.

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Intimate luxury in the heart of Shanghai.

If you’ve been to the Opposite House in Beijing, the Upper House in Hong Kong, or the Temple House in Chengdu, then all you need to know is that Shanghai’s Middle House is the fourth member of the same House Collective. For the rest of us — or, to pass the time before your flight to Shanghai boards — we’ll elaborate. The Middle House’s interiors are by no less a light than Piero Lissoni, the Milanese architect, and designer whose furniture adorns a substantial proportion of our favorite hotels in Italy and beyond. And here, his focused, near-monochrome modernist style is applied to Shanghai’s own distinctive visual language, to astonishing effect.

The stage is set by the lobby, a towering, theatrical space in jade green, dominated by an ornate chandelier, while the rooms dial down the drama in favor of a tranquil, almost meditative calm. Rooms range from 50 to 100 square meters, all of them with espresso machines, Bamford bath products, high-end sound systems, and convenient charging hubs, in addition to down bedding and stylish Lissoni furniture. And, like the other House Collective hotels, the Middle House boasts an impressive collection of public spaces, including an outpost of Hong Kong’s popular Café Gray Deluxe, as well as Italian and Chinese venues. There’s a spa as well, complete with an indoor pool and a 24-hour gym; so while the Middle House may exist on a smaller scale than the big international luxury hotel brands, its product is top-of-the-line.

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Revel in a Five-star Stay in Pudong

It’s our official position that Shanghai is a city that international business-travel types are going to be seeing a lot of in the coming years. But where to begin? You could do a lot worse for a kind of hospitality Rosetta Stone than this: see how the ever-reliable Park Hyatt concept translates to Shanghai, and see the city from 80-odd floors up in the process.

So that’s a start: a bit like Tokyo, but even bigger. The Park Hyatt Shanghai occupies floors 79 through 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center, which for a brief moment in history meant it was the World’s Highest Hotel. Anyway, it’s not the height that makes this (or any) Park Hyatt special so much as its sheer quality — the view out the window here is fine enough, but it’s the stylish modern interiors and the state-of-the-art equipment that makes these rooms into something more than just fancy camera angles.

This being the Vertical Complex City, there’s almost no need to step outside the building — the Park Hyatt’s facilities are comprehensive as usual, including Chinese, Japanese and Western offerings in a single restaurant and bar, and a spa, complete with far-ranging views from the indoor pool.

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