Formerly the Morriss Estate, the Ruijin showcases how opulently taipans (expatriate millionaire businessmen) lived in Shanghai's heyday of the 1930s. Rooms within the two preserved villas—No. 1 and Old No. 3—are rich with detail: high ceilings, ornate plaster moldings, bamboo-etched glass. The two other buildings are significantly shorter on charm but still overlook the verdant grounds, which are shared with several top-notch restaurants (as well as the once-hip
Face bar) and provide direct access to the bars on Maoming Road. New No. 3 may lack the historic cachet of the other buildings, but its standard rooms, which come with a king-size bed and hot tub, are definitely a steal.