The French Concession area of Shanghai, China, is the city’s most popular tourist destination, and a historic place that was reserved for the French in the years before the Second World War. Consisting of busy shopping streets, old Tudor-style mansions, trendy cafes and restaurants, and with the subway connecting it to the rest of Shanghai, the French Concession area also has many excellent hotels. For any visitor to Shanghai who wishes to stay in what are now the Luwan and Xuhui Districts, you can’t go wrong with these three best French Concession area hotels.
China Mansion Hotel – This five star boutique hotel is one of the most historically important buildings in the French Concession area of Shanghai. It’s a 30-room hotel that guests say is more like an exclusive club than a boutique hotel. It was originally built in the 1930s as the club house of Du Yue-Sheng, China’s most powerful syndicate boss. Today, however, it offers guests a standard of accommodation rare in every part of the world.
Each of the 30 guest rooms has deluxe size beds, armchairs with ottomans, 42 inch flat screen TVs, high-speed internet, marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi baths and showers, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers and designer brand bathroom products.
The hotel has a rooftop restaurant that overlooks the French Concession area, and serves some of the best food in the city. They also have a business center for business travelers, which not only offers first-class business services but also conferences rooms that can seat up to 20 people.
China Mansion Hotel is located at 82 Xin Le Road, Shanghai.
Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai – Another important historical building and one of the best hotels is the Okura Garden Hotel in the French Concession area of Shanghai. Built as the French Club, it later became the headquarters for Chairman Mao’s revolutionary party and, as such is revered by the Chinese. Interestingly, it is now a Japanese-run hotel.
The Okura Garden Hotel offers 492 guest rooms, all with satellite TV, flat screens, high-speed internet, 24-hour room service, ensuite bathrooms and garden or city views. Deluxe, Executive rooms and suites are, of course, much larger and come with extra amenities.
The hotel has five superb restaurants serving everything from Chinese food to Western and other Asian cuisines. There are also three bars where you can get drinks or just enjoy coffee while listening to live piano music.
The piece de resistance of the hotel though is its 30,000 square meter garden, which is absolutely beautiful and has been visited by distinguished guests from all over the world.
You’ll find the Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai at 58 Maoming Road, Shanghai.
Regal International East Asia Hotel – This luxury five star hotel is perfect for anyone who likes to also get in a little sports while on a vacation to Shanghai as it’s located next to the Shanghai International Tennis Center. It also has a fully-equipped gym, an indoor swimming pool, indoor tennis court, seven outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, a bowling alley, a golf simulator and a solarium.
Hotel guest rooms feature satellite flat screen TV, a mini bar, in-room high-speed internet, tea and coffee maker, in room safe, twice-daily housekeeping services, and even an umbrella if it rains.
Dining at the Regal International East Asia Hotel is delicious and easy with restaurants serving varies styles of Chinese food, International and Western cuisines as well as bar and cafe areas.
The Regal International East Asia Hotel is on Hengshan Road, a tree-lined avenue and one of the most famous boulevard’s in Shanghai’s French Concession area.
China Mansion Hotel
Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
Regal International East Asia Hotel