Apr 1, 2018
IT’S FITTING THAT THE FLASHY W brand would commandeer prime position here in the tallest building in Puxi, overlooking the Huangpu River. Opened last summer, W Shanghai—The Bund, like many of its sister hotels, is a Technicolor music video on steroids (the Cloud on The Bund suite has a hanging bed in a birdcage), but this one a fever dream of haipai—a word that referred a century ago to a dramatic, opportunistic collision in design, personality and philosophy of East and West, old and new. Witness the giant, sparkly xiaolongbao pillows and chopsticks on each bed, or the modern Cantonese restaurant Yen that also harbors a 1920s speakeasy. Thanks to an elegant curve of the building, most of the 374 rooms face the river, but the best view can be had from the outdoor pool deck of Wet Bar, which takes in the towers of Pudong and is a dazzling place to dance away the day at their splash-happy summer parties.
wshanghaithebund.com; doubles from RMB1,980.