Where to Stay in Shanghai – Best Areas
For first-time Shanghai travelers, they may feel a little confused about where to stay in Shanghai and how to find a satisfying hotel. Generally, a lot of tourists choose to stay near the city center around People's Square and Nanjing Road, also one of the most expensive areas in Shanghai, where a five-star hotel costs USD 115-270. The Bund area and Lujiazui area are also very popular for business travelers while the Yu Garden area can be a budget choice which costs only USD 30-80 for a comfortable stay.
If you are a big fan of Disney, staying around Disneyland Park could not be better. Of course the neighborhoods near railway stations and airports are very good options. Here are the 10 best areas to stay in Shanghai to help you to figure out the neighborhood suits your style and budget.
Note: All the prices are based on the average prices on usual days, and they may differ on holidays and peak seasons.
The Most Popular Area Especially for First-Time Visitors
The city center area around People’s Square and Nanjing Road can be one of the most convenient places in Shanghai to stay. Several metro lines meet here and it is easy to access the famous sights like the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and Old City God Temple.
Average Hotel Price:
- USD 45-90
- USD 70-115
- USD 115-270
|Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World||No.88 West Nanjing Road, Huangpu District|
|Yitel Premium (Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street)||No.379 Middle Zhejiang Road, Huangpu District|
|Home Inn Selected (Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street)||No.479 Tianjin Road, Huangpu District|
Shanghai Disney Resort - 16% of Travelers’ Choice
Convenient Neighborhood for Disney Fans
In order to enjoy a better time in Disneyland Park, stay near the Disney Resort is very necessary and it can save a lot of time on transportation. As the hotels inside Disney resort are not very cost-effective, here are better choices for you. What’s more, it is accessible to visit the Wild Animal Park and Chuansha Ancient Wall Park.
- USD 40-55
- USD 45-95
- USD 60-155
|Cozi Cottage (Shanghai International Tourism Resort)||No. 20 Zhoujiazhai, Xinchun Road, Pudong New Area|
|Maixinge International Hotel||No. 7779 Shangnan Road, Pudong New Area|
|Q+ Gudi Holiday Inn & Apartment||No. 800 Lumin Road, Pudong New Area|
The Bund Area - 8% of Travelers’ Choice
Best Location for Night Views
The Bund is undoubtedly one of the best neighborhoods in Shanghai and it is also the best place to enjoy the splendid night views of the skyscrapers and exotic buildings. Meanwhile, it is near Nanjing Road and People’s Square, easy for shopping and sightseeing.
- USD 40-90
- USD 65-120
- USD 95-370
|Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund||No. 2 East Zhongshan 1st Road, Huangpu District|
|Jinjiang Metropolo Hotel Classiq (East Nanjing Road, The Bund)||No. 98 East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District|
|JI Hotel (The Bund, Jiujiang Road)||No. 230 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District|
Lujiazui Area - 7% of Travelers’ Choice
The Area with Most Modern Skyscrapers
Here gather the tallest skyscrapers of the city, like Shanghai Tower, the World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower. It is surely one of the best places to stay in Shanghai, especially for business travelers. Metro Line 2 and several bus lines make it easy to visit attractions like Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.
- USD 45-105
- USD 65-135
- USD 90-360
|Pudong Shangri-La||No. 33 Fucheng Road, Pudong New Area|
|Maixinge Boutique Hotel (Lujiazui The Oriental Pearl)||No. 168 Yuanshen Road, Pudong New Area|
|Ji Hotel (Oriental Pearl Tower)||No. 121 Dongfang Road, Pudong New Area|
Pudong Airport - 7% of Travelers’ Choice
Convenient Choice for Red-Eye Flight Passengers
Most overseas travelers enter or exit Shanghai from the Pudong Airport. Staying near Pudong Airport is definitely a good option for the passengers who arrive at night or need to catch early flights. In addition, most hotels nearby have shuttle buses to the airport.
- USD 30-80
- USD 35-70
- USD 70-85
|The QUBE Hotel Shanghai Sanjiagang||No. 6 Lane 6666, East Huaxia Road, Pudong New Area|
|Vienna International Hotel (Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone)||No. 566 Shiwan 6th Road, Pudong New Area|
|Jinjiang Inn Select (Pudong Airport)||No.8 Qihang Road, Pudong New Area|
Yu Garden Area - 5% of Travelers’ Choice
Budget Area for Sightseeing and Shopping
Hotels near Yu Garden are more cost-effective compared with those in the Bund and Nanjing Road area. It is a good choice for the budget travelers and it is not far from the Bund and the People's Square. Also, the bazaar near Yu Garden is attractive.
- USD 30-80
- USD 65-105
- USD 150-220
|Renaissance Yu Garden Hotel||No. 159 South He'nan Road, Huangpu District|
|Mercure Hotel (Yu Garden)||No. 789 East Fuxing Road, Huangpu District|
|Ibis Hotel (Yu Garden)||No. 85 Zhoujin Road, Huangpu District|
Nearby Attractions: Old City God Temple, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Shanghai Museum
Transport Hub for Flight and High Speed Train Connection
It has been one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai because of the two transport hubs for flights and high speed trains. Travelers who want to visit other Chinese cities are recommended to stay here. The nearby attractions include Qibao Ancient Town and Shanghai Zoo, where you can get easily by bus or metro.
- USD 25-80
- USD 45-190
- USD 125-370
|Cordis Shanghai Hongqiao||No. 333 Shenhong Road, Minhang District|
|Yitel Shanghai Hongqiao National Exhibition and Convention Center Huqingping||No. 220 Huqingping Road, Minhang District|
|Hanting Youjia Hotel (Hongqiao Transportation Hub)||No. 655 Huqingping Road, Minhang District|
The Coolest Spots of Shanghai
The Xintiandi features the traditional Shikumen residences and it is one of the most famous business centers in Shanghai. Staying there, you can not only appreciate those old buildings but also go shopping in name-brand stores. It is also very interesting to explore the Tianzifang, where located an array of unique stores.
- USD 45-105
- USD 55-150
- USD 135-310
|InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin||No. 118 Ruijin 2nd Road, Huangpu District|
|Manxin Hotel (Xintiandi)||No. 68 Taicang Road, Huangpu District|
|Jinchen Hotel||No. 795-809 Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District|
Pudong New Area & Shanghai New International Expo Center - 4% of Travelers’ Choice
Best Area for Business Travelers
This is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai for business travelers as many companies set their offices here. Pudong New Area shows the most modern view of the city and the Century Park is the largest park of the city.
- USD 40-100
- USD 55-150
- USD 75-210
|Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel||No. 1108 Meihua Road, Pudong New Area|
|Wassim R Hotel||No. 688 Gushan Road , Pudong New Area|
|James Joyce Coffetel (New International Expo Center)||No. 1121 Pujian Road, Pudong New Area|
Xujiahui Area - 2% of Travelers’ Choice
One of the Best Places for Shopping
At present, Xujiahui is one of the most famous business centers of the city, a good place for shoppers to stay in Shanghai. Besides large shopping malls, the high-end hotels and luxury restaurants can offer you a great travel experience. Shanghai's largest cathedral, St. Ignatius Cathedral, is also located nearby.
- USD 35-90
- USD 45-135
- USD 110-180
|Joya Hotel (Xujiahui)||No. 118 Puhuitang Road, Xuhui District|
|Citi GO Hotel (Xujiahui)||No. 88 Lane 1029 Zhaojiabang Road, Xuhui District|
|Home Inn Plus (Xujiahui)||No. 400 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui District|