What new hotels are in Shanghai?

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Sophie Friedman
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It seems like hotels pop up in this city every few months, so here’s a round up of the newest hotels in Shanghai.

Mandarin Oriental 
Mandarin Oriental’s first Shanghai hotel is in a quiet part of Lujiazui, west and north of the Park and Grand Hyatts and Ritz-Carlton Pudong. Its brand new, having just opened in late April, and its 318 rooms and 44 suites are ready to be occupied. Among the F&B outlets is Fifty 8° Grill, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus. There’s a 13-suite spa and a 25-meter indoor as well as a fully kitted-out gym. Mandarin Oriental is an Asian brand through and through, and the hotel’s overall décor reflects that.

InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin 
What was once the government-owned State Guest House of Shanghai has been transformed by InterContinental into a 238-room luxury hotel set in its own garden. The hotel’s prime French Concession location is a big selling point, but so too are the house restaurants, spa, and verdant grounds. Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong both stayed here, and the hotel was once the Community Party’s Shanghai headquarters (don’t let that scare you off). It’s a short walk to Huaihai Lu’s many shops and also near to Tianzifang and the rest of the French Concession shopping.

Jing’an Shangri-La
When this Shangri-La opens in June, it will be one of Shanghai’s larger hotels, with 508 rooms. The tower is 65 floors and guest rooms will occupy the top 29 levels. The massive hotel has 4,465 square meters of meetings and events space, as well as a sizeable roof garden. The new Shangri-La sits directly above Jing’an Temple metro station’s lines 2 and 7 and adjacent to Yan’an Highway, so travelers have easy access to both Pudong and Hongqiao Airports. On the F&B side, there will be a slew of restaurants opening in the public areas of the tower; in the hotel, guests can tuck into juicy steaks at the fourth-floor 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar. 

Le Camelia  
This charming 57-room hotel offers city-dwellers and Shanghai visitors a little slice of the Mediterranean. The hotel is located in Fengxian District, adjacent to the ocean; the area is a popular weekend getaway for Shanghainese. Le Camelia pays homage to Mediterranean hotels: the whole space is airy and breezy, and brightly colored, a welcome escape from downtown Shanghai. There are two restaurants and a lounge in which guests can enjoy both tea and cigars paired with single malts. Le Camelia is definitely one of the city's more unique hotels, thanks in particular to its design. 

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