SHANG­HAI

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.

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+ 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

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