Perfect Person: The JW Marriott is perfect for the business traveller that doesn’t mind being away from the city center and wants relaxing accommodations.
Location, location, location: Located 30 minutes from city center and a five-minute taxi ride away from public transportation, the hotel is the suburbs of Shanghai. The location is an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse into a non-touristy part of the city. I enjoyed walking through the nearby Changfeng Park to observe groups of elderly Chinese women dancing and elderly Chinese men engrossed in card games.
Vibes: Despite a striking lobby and grand high ceilings, the hotel gives off a peaceful and tranquil vibe. Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the lobby and hallways are so quiet you’ll feel the need to whisper. The indoor pool’s ceiling is lighted to look like stars and each of the guest room’s feature blackout electronic curtains.
Foodie: The hotel’s club lounge is a constant supply of every changing snacks and meals. Guests can get breathtaking views of the nearby park and the distant Shanghai skyline. Each night an in-house chef prepares a local dish and serves it to guests. The Pearl Chinese Restaurant restaurant features several private dining rooms and local cuisine making it the perfect spot for a business meeting.
Extras: Previously a classic Marriott hotel, this JW Marriott has recently been renovated and is almost entirely new. While not as grand as the other hotels on this list, the JW Marriott is a peaceful retreat where it is easy to get work done.