Pacific Hotel $$$
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108 Nanjing Xilu, near Xinchang Lu
COST: ¥500-1,500 per night
METRO: People’s Square (Line 1, Line 2, Line 8), exit 10
Perennial avoiders of chain hotels will love the Pacific. Its neoclassical facade was originally the headquarters of the Hua’an Life Insurance Company and was designed by American architect Eliot Hazzard in 1926. It opened as a hotel in 1940. Its grand exterior made it popular with visiting dignitaries.
As with many historic buildings in Shanghai, this one was given over to the government when the Communists rose to power in 1949, but it was restored to its former glory in 1958. Today its marble lobby and well-equipped rooms are an affordable luxury.
The 182 guest rooms are split into Standard, Business, and Superior.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition