WHERE TO STAY
Puli Hotel - 1 Changde Road, Jing'An
We love the Puli! It is one of our favourite hotels in the world. It backs onto Jing'An Park, a green oasis in midst of Shanghai. The service is superb. Rooms are zen as is the slick lobby with the Long Bar. The Garden Terrace serves lovely noodles and dumplings. Great escape from hustle and bustle of city.
URBN Hotel - 183 Jiaozhou Road, Jing'An
Known for its design-meets-sustainable chic, this 26-room boutique hotel in Shanghai will give you a more 'in the neighbourhood' experience.
Hotel Indigo - 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, South Bund
Hotel Indigo is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) chain. It is located in South Bund, right on the Huangpu River. Even if you don't stay here, go to the outdoor bar and terrace for 270-degree views over The Bund and Pudong skylines.
3 hotels on the Bund worth noting. We’ve not been to any of these yet. Waldorf and Peninsula not built when we were there and Fairmont not refurbished.
Waldorf Astoria is suppose to be great for its glamours Long Bar.
Fairmont Peace hotel on the north end of the Bund has been refurbished and the Hotel Jazz Bar is suppose to be good too.
Peninsula for high tea; probably like the one in Hong Kong.
WHERE TO EAT
There are endless options depending on budgets and taste. Below are a few favourites that have stood the test of time.
Lost Heaven - A must! Haute Yunnan cuisine with a stunning view of the Bund. There are 2 locations, one on Bund and other in French concession. I’d go to Bund as it’s their flagship and you’re close by. Start with a drink on rooftop bar.
El Willy’s - We use to go to his place in concession. It’s still there I think but the one on Bund is very chi chi. Spanish/Catalan Tapas.
Mr & Mrs. Bund, Mercato, M on the Bund have all been around awhile. All good and expensive with nice views.
Guide of Shanghai by Luxe for Puli Hotel have the latest, greatest.
WHAT TO DO
Tianzifang - fun just to wander through the alley’s. Lots of shops, restaurants. It’s the last of the traditional shikumen style housing besides Xintiandi.
Suzhou - if you have time/inclination, there’s a water village 45 min from Shanghai. It’s suppose to be the Venice of China - bit of a stretch but you get picture.
Time out to have some nice info of the latest events, etc. http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/Thingstodo.html