SHANGHAI may be a capital for commerce and progress, but it’s just as much a city for some of China’s most important leisure attractions. Among the sea of skyscrapers lies a smorgasbord of luxury stores, restaurants, public squares, and if you’ll believe it, gardens and parks.
One of the best ways to explore the metropolis is by staying in a centrally-located hotel so that you can easily tick off your Shanghai bucket list without having to sit through traffic. This is where Shanghai Marriott Hotel Riverside comes in, a five-star hotel located along the Huangpu River of the Huangpu district, and a great contact point from which to sightsee.
While close to both the Puxi business districts as well as the new Pudong downtown business districts, the hotel is also a great option for families or couples who want to be close to city icons such as People’s Square, The Bund, Xin Tian Di, and Tian Zi Fang. The latter is one of the most popular districts for cool restaurants and bars, and is a mere 10 minutes from the hotel.
Also high on the list of many tourists is the famous French Concession where you’ll walk past breezy tree-lined avenues, specialty boutiques, hip cafés and restaurants, concept bars and breweries, art galleries, and concept stores. It’s easy to spend hours on foot here, popping in and out of stores to check out Shanghai’s exciting urbanite culture.
If you’d much rather stay in and pamper yourself, retreat to the comfort of your room and take in the city views below. Better still, visit the in-house Touch Spa which offers natural and holistic spa services in a tranquil environment. Book in a customized treatment taking from European and oriental health knowledge, and for a little while, you might even forget that you’re in Shanghai.
For something a bit more upbeat, the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and gym will make sure you stick to your #fitnessgoals amidst the presence of decadent foods. The fitness center is equipped with cardiovascular equipment and weights, perfect for a short pre-breakfast cardio session or some heavy weekend lifting.
After sweating it out, head to one of the hotel’s many restaurants for a spot of dinner or a refreshing cocktail. Red Zen is a Japanese restaurant with a Chinese twist, and will excite even the most jaded of taste buds. Meanwhile, Blue Moon is more classically inclined where lavish banquet meals can be experienced for larger groups.
Don’t forget to check out Yu Bar, a contemporary bar and lounge on the 28th and 29th floor of the hotel. Needless to say, the views from up here are dazzling – and for a few hours, you’ll feel like you’re literally on top of the world looking down at one of the world’s flashiest cities.