JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

Downtown's business-savvy beauty
Just the sight of JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square sets it apart from other hotels. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is Shanghai’s fifth-tallest building, making it an imposing presence in the city’s skyline. Its tall, peaked tower gives it a futuristic look.

Inside, wraparound windows in the Lobby Lounge and restaurants serve up sweeping views alongside afternoon tea and Western and Asian dishes. Pull up a window-side chair and you’ll be able to take in the full expanse of downtown Shanghai, including leafy People’s Park and jam-packed East Nanjing Road.

You’ll want your camera when you visit the seventh-floor outdoor pool, which is a popular spot for sunbathing and cooling off — from there you can see into Pudong. On weekends the pool is crowded with Shanghai’s expats.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• For a hotel that’s right in the city center, the rooms at JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square are quite spacious with plenty of room to move around.

• Located on the seventh floor, the rooftop pool offers sweeping views of downtown Shanghai. You’ll also find plenty of loungers and a poolside menu filled with delicious sandwiches.

• You won’t go hungry at JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square, where three restaurants, a deli and afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge beckon you with tantalizing menus of Western and Asian dishes.

• Though the hotel is located in busy downtown Shanghai, the use of wrap-around windows in the design of the property floods the space with natural light and makes the whole place feel light and airy.

• For a little indulgence, book the Pearl of the Orient facial at the Shanghai hotel’s Four-Star Mandara Spa. The treatment uses ancient beauty “secrets” from Qing dynasty empress dowager Cixi.
Things to Know
• The luxury hotel houses the world’s highest library on the 60th floor of the building (a fact confirmed by Guinness in 2005).

• JW’s Lounge Bar at the Shanghai hotel has live music six nights a week starting at 8:30 p.m. You can enjoy jazz standards and contemporary tunes while sipping drinks from the bar’s extensive menu.

• During the warmer months, the Four-Star hotel hosts pool parties on the deck of its seventh-floor rooftop pool, where a DJ spins club favorites as young Shanghai locals sip champagne.

• The 24-hour gym features large windows allowing for a spacious feel and sweeping park vistas. The locker room offers an extra treat with a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
The Rooms
• The plush carpets in the Four-Star hotel’s rooms and add a pop of color — think green dots with white diamonds of red diagonally striped with orange.

• The beds, made up with crisp white sheets, are topped with six pillows and beckon jet-lagged travelers to take a load off.

• The desks all have ergonomic chairs and drawers that are conveniently filled with office supplies. You’ll also find LCD televisions with plenty of channels and iPod docks for charging up phones.

• Pull open the curtains for sweeping views of downtown Shanghai, including birds-eye views of the hotel’s neighbors — People’s Park, East Nanjing Road and Yan’an Highway.
The Restaurants
• JW’s California Grill will appeal most to carnivores, offering Wagyu beef, Angus long-fed gold beef aged 250 days and Tasmanian grass-fed beef.

• Non-meat eaters will find some tasty options at JW’s as well, including seared ocean trout with port wine glazed shallots, creamy barley and wild rice.

• At Marriott Café, which is the best restaurant for families staying at the Four-Star hotel, tuck into beef carpaccio with rocket, shaved Parmesan and white truffle oil, or dine on the spicy Thai green chicken curry.

• Be sure to try the steamed scallop and shrimp dumplings at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, along with salted black carp with edamame, and a superb crispy roasted goose.
Getting There
399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, China
SHA (40 min)   PVG  
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
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