Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

Modern luxury in downtown Shanghai
Since opening in 2002, Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai largely catered to a business clientele who wanted to stay downtown but not directly on a major tourist thoroughfare.

These days, though, the hotel also caters more to family groups, particularly those who want to be near Shanghai Disney and those who value the hotel’s downtown Puxi location as a jumping-off point to experience other local highlights, such as Yu Garden.

What makes this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s location uniquely special is that it’s one of only a few high-rise buildings (it tops out at 37 floors) in the vicinity, giving it a prime view of the surrounding low-rise residential neighborhoods.

The hotel recently underwent a major revamp, with refreshed guest rooms, lobby, ballroom and restaurants, too — it looks every bit the modern luxury hotel that this vibrant, historic city deserves.

Grand and spacious, the stylish new lobby manages to feel both contemporary and classic with marble columns, crystal chandeliers and neo-classical architecture.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The Four-Star Shanghai hotel occupies an ideal location in a quiet residential area that sits at the edge of the city’s commercial and shopping neighborhood Jing’an, which is a quick walk to the leafy, colonial streets of the former French Concession.

• Sleek and understated, Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai is a classic business hotel that reflects its Shanghai location with doses of Chinese curios and antiques mixed in with its streamlined, neutral furnishings.

• Be sure to book time in Four-Star Qin The Spa. Choose from a menu of over 37 spa treatments and beauty therapies inspired by the ancient rites and healing methods of traditional Chinese medicine.

• The hotel offers visitors fun, cultural activities such as a photography tour of the city with a professional Shanghainese shutterbug, morning tai chi with a tai chi master, and cooking classes with the hotel’s Chinese restaurant chef.
Things to Know
• While the property recently underwent a renovation, not all the rooms have been updated, as, some longtime visitors prefer the classic autumnal décor of the old-style accommodations, which means the hotel has no plans to redo the remaining units.

• If Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai knows you’re checking in with children, they’ll send up books, playing cards and toys for your offspring to borrow during your stay, as well as complimentary children’s toiletries and a kiddie-sized bathrobe.

• Inside the Four-Star hotel’s Qin the Spa is a branch of the Shanghai-based Body & Soul, a clinic that provides everything from acupuncture to treatments using traditional herbs and medicines.

• Between morning tai chi classes, the luxury Shanghai hotel’s 24-hour gym and yoga classes led by an instructor from local expat-run studio Y+, you’ve got a lot of exercise opportunities to work off all that street food.
The Rooms
• The new-look guest rooms offer a more contemporary design with dark wood flooring, larger bathroom mirrors, and implement a modernist white, gray and chocolate color scheme.

• Regardless of which room you book, expect high-end appointments like down-filled duvets and pillows, yukatas (kimono-type bathrobes), Roja Dove bath amenities and iHome docking stations.

• Décor in the rooms includes Chinese landscape paintings and a chinoiserie wardrobe with ample room for suits and blouses. The carpet, a swirl of muted colors, complements the bright red armchair and striped bed skirt.

• Rooms on the 37th floor have both access to the Executive Club Lounge and picturesque views of downtown Shanghai and beyond.

• The luxurious Presidential Suite, the most expensive room in the hotel, is decked out with luxe amenities including a white baby grand piano in the living room, panoramic views, a marble-clad bathroom and a full kitchen.
The Restaurants
• There are four restaurants to choose from at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai: Café Studio for all-day dining; Steak House for your inner carnivore; Cantonese and Shanghainese restaurant Si Ji Xuan; and Japanese spot Shintaro.

• If you’re craving Japanese fare, head to Shintaro for the grilled eel rice with miso soup and the deluxe sushi plate that includes tuna, shrimp, yellow tail, salmon, sea bream, egg and eel rolls.

• Don’t leave Si Ji Xuan without trying the roast Peking duck, served with all the trimmings and little Chinese pancakes for wrapping up the moist, tender meat.

• Steak House offers Australian beef in Angus, Wagyu grade four-plus and Wagyu grade seven-plus varieties, as well as classic sides like bacon cheddar macaroni and cheese, cheesy cauliflower, mushroom gratin, and potato wedges with paprika and garlic aioli.

• Families will do best at Café Studio, which offers an extensive kids menu and, for the adults, dishes like spinach and ricotta lasagna with a parsley lemon crust and basil-scented hot and sour cod.
Getting There
500 Weihai Road, Shanghai, China
PVG (45 min)   SHA (28 min)  
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