This sprawling metropolis — Shanghai is China's most populous city — is known for the Bund, its sparkling waterfront; top-notch public transportation; and, in the eyes of Travel + Leisure readers, three amazing hotels.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.
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Hotels along the waterfront come with showstopping views, naturally, which is why one guest rewarded the Grand Hyatt Shanghai with high marks: It’s “in an amazing location overlooking the Bund.” That, its staff, high-quality service, and exceptional food and drinks sealed the deal. Rave-worthy dishes at Club Jin Mao, a restaurant on the 86th floor, include traditional Shanghainese dishes like drunken chicken and fried prawns.
Another reader praised the jazz bar at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, an Art Deco treasure dating back to 1929: “Guest experience managers are awesome!” The hotel is a treat for the eyes inside and out, flaunting a green-tiled pyramid roof on one tower and, in the lobby, a grand atrium coated in marble and glass.
Shanghai’s No. 1 hotel, however, surpasses both the Grand Hyatt and the Fairmont Peace Hotel by several points. Read on to see all the scores, and find out what makes the winner so special.
3. Grand Hyatt Shanghai
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2. Fairmont Peace Hotel
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1. The Peninsula Shanghai
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Sandwiched between the Bund and the East Nanjing Road, the city’s busiest shopping district, the Peninsula Shanghai couldn’t be in a better spot. One reader rightfully declared its location as “perfect.” Jaw-dropping Art Deco interiors coupled with top-of-the-line facilities skillfully blend old and new, while the Peninsula Academy teaches guests classes in Chinese contemporary art, fashion design, and more. The hotel is also home to Shanghai’s only five-star spa, where fireplaces and heated floors make for a cozy retreat. The Michelin-starred Sir Elly’s Restaurant, meanwhile, is just icing on the cake.
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