The Luxe List 2017: W Shanghai

The reimagined ’70s-style guest rooms pop with slinky yellow-velvet window lounges, aqua bathrooms, and silver-tiled walls.

Guest rooms pop with slinky yellow-velvet window lounges, aqua bathrooms, and silver-tiled walls.

You feel like you’re about to wander into a nightclub—or a wall—as you navigate the lobby at W Shanghai, where the scene is dark, thumping, and achingly hip, especially by night. Let the bleached smiles and flashy footwear of the clientele light your way to the central WooBar with its DJ deck, or the expansive WetBar, which hosts champagne-fueled summer pool parties backdropped by Shanghai’s zeitgeist skyline. Back inside, the reimagined ’70s-style guest rooms pop with slinky yellow-velvet window lounges, aqua bathrooms, and silver-tiled walls (a gilded take on classic Shanghai brick alleys). On the bed, a pair of giant chopsticks and a gold lamé cushion in the shape of a Shanghai xiaolongbao dumpling with the words “bite me” set an unabashedly flirty tone. Martini glasses and a cocktail shaker stand at the ready, while the impressive neon city views through curving windows seem custom designed to the psychedelic W color palette. The Kitchen Table, a stylish all-day bistro with black-and-white floors, copper lamps, and alfresco poolside tables, serves a seriously tasty buffet breakfast, and you can work off the calories at the well-equipped gym and cycle room or in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools (though you could just float about on the inflatable gold flamingos instead).

86-21/2286-9999;W Shanghai; doubles
from US$314

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: W Shanghai”).

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