Pudong Shangri-La 33 Fucheng Road, Pudong The Pudong Shangri-La has boosted its total number of guestrooms to 981, but you still need to book in advance. The recent makeover has transformed the hotel into one of Shanghai's leading class acts. Its new Tower 2 is home to the Shangri-La's signature spa, Chi, and to the top-floor Jade on 36 Restaurant and Bar. JC Mandarin Hotel 1225 Nanjing West Road For anyone who wants to be bang in the heart of all that is best about downtown Shanghai, the JC Mandarin is a fabulous choice. Opened in 1991, the JC fuses the best of business and leisure travel in its 511 rooms, making it the perfect choice for weekend getaway travellers and mid-week business people on the run. Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel 100 Changliu Road, Pudong The 370-room Marriott group Renaissance is perfectly located for travellers doing business in Pudong, particularly those who have to be near the Shanghai New Expo Centre. Conveniently located for the Pudong International Airport, the Renaissance is about 30 to 40 minutes from Puxi and its downtown tourist attractions. The hotel is one of the only options in Shanghai for those looking for a peaceful retreat from the city centre. Grand Hyatt Shanghai Jinmao Tower 88 Century Boulevard, Pudong Long the envy of hoteliers throughout China, the Hyatt runs from the 53rd to the 87th floors of the Jinmao tower. Right in the middle of the Lujiazui financial district, the 555-room Hyatt is a classy spot with art deco decor and great views of the city on a clear day. JW Marriott Shanghai 399 Nanjing West Road Appropriately located on Tomorrow Square, the JW Marriott has a futuristic design and the kind of impeccable service that guests of its Hong Kong counterpart are accustomed to. The hotel's Mandara Spa is an oasis in the heart of the city. The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Centre 1376 Nanjing West Road Consistently winning 'Best Employer in China' awards in the bi-annual Hewitt Associates surveys, the Portman has close to perfect standards. The lobby lounge is a trip back in time, with shelves of classic novels and an orchestra, and the in-room check-in service is a touch few fail to fall for. St. Regis 889 Dongfang Road, Pudong Less conveniently located than the Shangri-La and the Hyatt, St. Regis' drawcard is exclusivity, with every guest having a butler. Surprisingly modern in terms of design, the atmosphere is nevertheless soothingly quiet and peaceful. A retreat from the hubbub of Shanghai, if you need it. The Westin Shanghai Bund Centre 88 Henan Central Road This is where Giorgio Armani likes to stay when he is in the city, and it is indeed one of the hippest hotels here. For some, this is the premier spot to be based.