Words by Carlie Tucker
The mere mention of Shanghai is likely to evoke images of glamour and excess, but this Chinese powerhouse happens to be a global financial hub and major destination for international business. As such, there are plenty of top hotels that pepper its futuristic skyline. So much so that new travellers may be overwhelmed by the abundance of choice. In an effort to simplify the process of elimination, here are five great hotels to choose from next time you're in town on business:
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The Eton Hotel Shanghai
Positioned within the Lujiazui Central Financial District of Shanghai Pudong, this hotel beckons with award winning 5-star service and a sweep of amenities that cater specifically to the busy corporate traveller. There are 460 modern rooms available ranging from Superior to the Presidential Suite. There is even an Executive Club, which features a room above the 38th floor, access to the Executive Lounge and convenient in-room services like a daily newspaper and Internet access.
Business Travellers are well taken care of with the presence of on-site dining options as well as a business centre, fitness centre and swimming pool. A free shuttle service is available from 8 to 8:30am every day, making getting around for work or sightseeing a breeze. There is also a spa should you have a free moment to decompress during your trip.
This SmartSTAY hotel also comes complete with complimentary WiFi and breakfast as well as a room upgrade (if available) when you book through your FCBT Travel Manager.
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Holiday Inn Pudong Shanghai
If you're looking for a comfortable stay in a key business location that won't break the bank, don't look past the reliable quality of the Holiday Inn. Located approximately 40 minutes from the Pudong International Airport, this modern and comfortable hotel is all about convenience. Travelling professionals will appreciate the six high-tech meeting rooms available on-site as well as the dedicated Business Centre. There is also an Executive Lounge that serves breakfast and evening cocktails.
Speaking of the rooms, all feature a comfortable and spacious layout with everything you could possible need: comfortable beds, in-room work desk and private ensuite bathroom. Opt for an Executive Room and you'll also be treated to stunning views over the city as well as access to the Executive Lounge and discounts on meeting room hire and Internet access.
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The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi
For the discerning traveller that demands the best on the road, The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi offers elegant sophistication "located at the gateway of the 'Champs Elysees of the East'". The spoils of one of the city's premier entertainment hubs is at your doorstep, including the retail utopia of Huai Hai. Though, it's not all play as the hotel is a perfect choice for the professional traveller with easy access to the Sintiandi Station (10min walk) and South Huangpi Road Station (2min walk).
Guest rooms feature traditional Chinese style with a contemporary flair, ranging from the Grand Room to the Chairman Suite. Catering to business travellers, the Langham Club Room comes complete with access to the Langham Club, which includes private check-in and out, food and beverage service, butler service, meeting room access, daily newspaper and laundry services.
Book this SmartSTAY hotel through your FCBT Travel Manager and you'll also receive complimentary WiFi, three pieces of pressed laundry (min. three night stay) and a room upgrade upon check-in (if available).
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This business hotel is located close to the heart of the city in the Jing'an district. It's within walking distance to key business and leisure districts and sits approximately 50 minutes from the international airport. Designed to cater to both business and leisure travellers in true Hilton style, everything you could possibly need is at your fingertips.
There are 450 rooms, with guest rooms, suites and executive rooms available. The latter is a savvy choice for business travellers as it comes with beautiful city views, a dedicated in-room work space and Executive Lounge access (with complimentary breakfast). Some rooms even have the luxury of separate working and dining areas. There is also a Business Centre, business phone service, cellular phone rental, express mail and meeting rooms available on site.
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Swissotel Grand Shanghai
Another swanky stay for those seeking 5-stars, this hotel is also located in the city's central district of Jing'an. It is within easy walking distance of some of the city's most prestigious office towers, including Reel, Plaza 66 and City Plaza. The Jing'an Temple and Jing'an Gardens are also right next door, offering a serene escape from the hustle of the city.
There are 467 rooms available, all of which offer a modern design with six spacious accommodation options meant to maximise guest comfort. All come complete with WiFi access. There is also an Executive Lounge available for interested business travellers as well as on-site dining options, a fully equipped gym, heated indoor pool and spa.
This hotel also happens to be a SmartSTAY hotel, which means corporate travellers that book through an FCBT Travel Manager will also receive complimentary WiFi access, breakfast and a room upgrade on check in if available.