Monday, September 7, 2009

Don't Get Shanghai'd When Visiting Shanghai

Shanghai is an excellent place to visit, but many people think that it's too pricey. By shopping smart when you choose a hotel and knowing the right place to visit around the city, you can easily fit your vacation into the budget you require. With smart research, you can prepare a stunning itinerary for locations far beyond your wildest expectations. Even if you're not feeling up to the task on your own, you can simply enlist a travel agent to help you with the details, especially if your one of choice has connections with partners that have exclusive complimentary perks offered to anyone who books through the agency. It's worth checking one out for major savings on luxury hotels.

Which luxury hotels in Shanghai might work out well for you? Paying cheap without getting quality isn't the smartest shopping-- you're better off balancing a stay somewhere with perks for a discounted rate. Here are just a few excellent places to check out for your stay in Shanghai, China—keep in mind that the location has but a handful of major tourist must-visits, so you'll certainly be able to fit them into your itinerary.

Be sure to visit Yu Garden, considered one of the top-ranked tourist's locations in the city, which was previously part of the old walled city. Simply take the no. 8 subway line through older-style two-story shop buildings, quickly being replaced as new buildings take hold in the city. After checking out Yu Garden, visit the oversized bazaar that offers tea, clothing, and interesting tourist kitsch perfect for the picking. The Shiliupu ferry only costs 50 fen, and is the perfect place to connect to the financial district of the city. From the no. 1 subway line, head to the Longhua Temple and see a quieter side of Shanghai.

Tempted by the waiting sights and sounds of Shanghai? Here are just a few options for affordable luxury hotel stays in the city.

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai
The “Paris of the East” is wildly intriguing, and what's better to enjoy this entrancing spot than with a Four Seasons stay in the lap of luxury? The desirable location in the exotic spot means that you can enjoy world-famous amenities and service while exploring some of the most affordable spots city-wide.

St. Regis Hotel Shanghai
If you're traveling to Shanghai for business and exploration, the St. Regis Hotel Shanghai is a smart place to book your stay. Offering the only 24-hour concierge service in the city and an executive lounge, the St. Regis Hotel Shanghai offers exceptional dining options and was recently initiated onto Conde Nast's Gold List.

Park Hyatt Shanghai
One of the tallest and most striking hotels in the world, the Park Hyatt Shanghai has been decorated beautifully by renowned designer Tony Chi, who created a modern, tasteful environment that combines sophistication with creature comforts.

Westin Bund Center
The Westin Bund Center Center Shanghai towers above the waterfront and is found in a stylish, central spot with plenty of dining and shopping options. Take your pick of guest rooms and suites in the posh location, and rest assured that the hotel is under an hour from the Pudong International Airport.

Next stop, Shanghai!

1 comment:

  1. The beautiful colonial-style buildings along the river; an area called the “Bund” where these remarkable buildings from old European days are marvelously lit up at night, and have been beautifully restored; the contrast between the Old and the New is quite a sight.