Four Seasons Puxi
Perfect Person: The traveller that wants to experience the culture of Old Shanghai and hang with locals without losing the luxury five-star hotel experience.
Location, location, location: I easily navigated from the airport to the hotel using Shanghai’s (super clean) metro system. The hotel is in the heart of Shanghai and is within walking distance to the major shopping street, West Nanjing Road, and The Bund skyline viewing area. With the metro station less than a block away, I had no problem getting anywhere in the city.
Vibes: The hotel has recently been remodeled and vibes like a standard luxury hotel. With high ceilings and art deco accents, I give the overall lobby aesthetic an A. The Four Seasons has all of the standard amenities: a full-service gym and spa, a business center with city views, and an indoor pool. If it weren’t creepy, I would have snapchatted the gym’s bathroom. The bathrooms rival any spa and feature multiple jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas, and a relaxation room. It’s worth checking out (even if you don’t make use of the gym).
Foodie: If I would have stayed at this hotel any longer, I would have gained weight. I had never tried “hairy crab” prior to staying at the Four Seasons, now I am obsessed. The hotel’s Si Ji Xuan is Michelin Guide recommended, features Shanghainese and Cantonese dishes, and serves all food on real Jade utensils. Followed up with an incredibly extensive breakfast buffet or picture perfect afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, the Four Seasons does not let a foodie down.
Extras: The reason this hotel is my hands-down choice for Shanghai is the “Inside Historic Shanghai” experience. Local renowned photographer, Gang Feng Wang takes you to the neighborhood he grew up in, gives you an oral history of his life and the neighborhood, introduces you to locals, and conducts several impromptu photoshoots. The experience is a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive opportunity that will leave you with profile pic worthy photos, a great appreciation for the history of Shanghai, and several new friends.