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Shanghai Hotel Reviews
Shanghai's stature as China's business capital means that its hotels cater primarily to business clientele, though there are some boutique hotels that focus on leisure travelers. Business hotels can be divided into two categories: modern Western-style hotels that are elegant and nicely appointed and hotels built during the city's glory days, which became state-run after 1949. The latter may lack great service, modern fixtures, and convenient facilities, but they often make up for it in charm, tradition, history, and value.
Judging by the number of five-star and Western chain hotels now in Shanghai, the city has proven just how grandly it has opened to the outside world. The Grand Hyatt, JW Marriott, Westin, Portman and Pudong Ritz-Carltons, and St. Regis aren't merely hotels; they're landmarks on the Shanghai skyline. Even the historic properties that make up the other half of Shanghai's hotel market feel the pressure to update their rooms and facilities.
Reservations and Rates
Increasing competition means there are bargains to be had, especially during the low season from November through March. Avoid traveling during the three national holidays—Chinese New Year (mid-January to mid-February), Labor Day (May 1), and National Day (October 1)—when rooms and prices will be at a premium.
Rates are generally quoted for the room alone; breakfast, whether continental or full, is usually extra. All hotel prices listed here are based on high-season rates.
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