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$ Less than ¥100 per night
$$ ¥100-500 per night
$$$ ¥500-1,500 per night
$$$$ More than ¥1,500 per night
Best Value: The Captain Hostel ($) is a fantastic choice for travelers on a budget, thanks to its prime location on the Bund; get your money’s worth simply by visiting the hostel’s rooftop bar and taking in the stunning views of the city.
Best Taste of Old Shanghai: The grand old Fairmont Peace Hotel ($$$$) on the Bund was once the Cathay Hotel, host to celebrities like Charlie Chaplin. Check out the original lobby with its art deco dome and yellow marble floors, and get transported back in time.
Most Charmingly Quirky: The Norweigan-Gothic Hengshan Moller Villa Hotel ($$$), complete with turrets and a lush garden, was originally built by a British businessman as a fairytale castle for his daughter.
Best Urban Luxury: Near the Cool Docks, the Waterhouse ($$$) boutique hotel is a renovated factory with a handful of minimalist rooms that feature simple yet luxurious furnishings. The vibe here is decidedly hip and boho.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition