LUXURIOUS NODS TO THE CITY'S HISTORY AND TRADITIONS WERE THE RUNNING THEME IN THIS YEAR'S HIGH-END HOTEL BLOOM IN THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT.
+ Opened in September, the latest project by American visionary and pioneer of boutique hotels Ian Schrager artfully fuses old-world grandeur with luxurious modernity at Edition
Shanghai (editionhotels.com; doubles from RMB2,018). The Art Deco building is home to 145 guest rooms, each fitted with custom designed furniture, Anichini bed linens and thoughtfully curated textiles. The hotel boasts nine dining outlets and lounge bars, including two on the rooftop, offering some of the best panoramic views of Pudong's futuristic skyline.
+ Located in the heart of busy Nanjing Road, the Sukhothai
Shanghai (sukhothai.com; doubles from RMB2,080) is an urban oasis. The rooms are cozy and contemporary with custom furnishings and textured green clay walls— we were told the minerals help with air purification. Don't miss the mesmerizing digital feature art piece in the lobby by Japanese studio teamLab—an illustrated village and rice field is broadcast in real time. + The Middle House (themiddlehousehotel.com; doubles from RMB3,500) is Swire Hotels' latest addition in Shanghai, featuring
111 rooms as well as 102 residences designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni. From sexy Italian contemporary furniture and black-and-white styling to the fine details in lattice woodwork of traditional Chinese motifs, the hotel celebrates the best of old and new Shanghai. Guest rooms and the spacious residences are decorated with cheeky postmodern art works by William Furniss where objects sit by the stilllife photography of usually a bird cage or vase—it's all in the little details here. + Part of the Suhe Creek waterfront project, the Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai (bulgarihotels.com; doubles from RMB3,800) opened in June, housed in the restored 1916 Chamber of Commerce building and connected to a modern sky tower. Surrounded by lush private gardens, with a rooftop for 180-degree views of The Bund and Pudong's staggering cityscape, the Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai is a masterful blend of the brand's Italian elegance blended with layers of rich Shanghai history. The sixth in the group's collection, the hotel is also home to China's first Bvlgari chocolate boutique. – JULIANA LOH