Skyscrapers in China: the Shanghai World Financial Center building

There is something about the city of Shanghai that invariably appeals to tourists and business travellers alike when they decide to visit China: its striking yet beautiful skyline composed of technologically-advanced buildings and skyscrapers that not only catch their eye but also offer exceptional spaces for work, commercial activity and the hosting of world-class events.

The 492 metres-tall World Financial Centre building in Shanghai stands close to other members of such visually attractive scenery, namely the Oriental Pearl tower, the Jin Mao tower and the Shanghai tower, thus contributing to the shaping of one of the most instagrammable skylines around the globe, while affording outstanding views over the Huangpu River and beyond. The observation halls on the upper floors are open from 9:00 to 22:30 every day to anyone with a valid ticket, which can be purchased at the counter on basement 1 right next to the lifts.

Inside the Shanghai World Financial Centre, travellers will also find company offices, working spaces, fancy restaurants, shops, art galleries and a Park Hyatt hotel. As a guest, you will enjoy direct access to the observatory from the hotel floors, but you may also choose stay in a more affordable hotel on the other side of the river. To help you find the perfect place to stay, we will outline some of the main characteristics of our recommended hotels near Shanghai World Trade Centre in China below.

Whether you will be commuting from the other side of the river to visit the tower or you will be staying inside or close to it, there is a variety of public transport options available for you to get to the Shanghai World Financial Centre quickly and effectively: regularly scheduled ferry boats, taxi cabs, buses and metro. Additionally, the expansion of the Shanghai metro line 5 –currently under testing- is expected to be running services across the Huangpu River soon.

Finding a hotel close to the Shanghai World Financial Center

The Riverview hotel in Shanghai

The Riverview Hotel is located on the known as Bund area by the river, providing guests with stunning views of the skyline of Shanghai and easy commutes to the financial tower, plus a short walk separates it from some of the main metro stations in town and the ferry station. Confirmed guests are entitled to use parking spots and WiFi internet at no charge, as well as to enjoy access to an onsite gym and guest services that include laundry and currency exchange. Business travellers will be glad to know that the facilities house convention and conference rooms and a restaurant specialising in regional Cantonese cuisine, where a buffet-style breakfast is also served every morning. Should you choose this one as the accommodation for your trip, know that this hotel near the Shanghai World Trade Centre offers budget rooms for the thrifty traveller along with twin, double and family rooms that can be upgraded to superior or deluxe to get the best amenities and city views.

Ibis hotel near Shanghai World Financial Center in China

Boasting an excellent location in the centre of Shanghai within walking distance of metro stations, this hotel by the Ibis hospitality chain offers free WiFi all throughout its premises, an onsite restaurant serving a wide array of international dishes and drinks and, as is the case with other properties in the area, complimentary parking spaces for guests. Travellers appreciate that it is only about 30-minute drive from the Disneyland theme park. Rooms, which can be standard individual ones or superior featuring views, are fully-fitted  and have an en suite bathroom with toiletries and everything a business traveller might need while away from home. There is a tourist information office at the reception of this hotel near Shanghai World Financial Centre, and guests may rest assured that their valuables will be safely stored in the safes and lockers provided while they attend business events or explore the city.

Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel inside the World Financial Center skyscraper

Without a doubt, staying at the Park Hyatt during your trip to Shanghai in China has many advantages, but one of its highlights is the fact that you will simply need to take the lift to lower floors to enjoy the finest restaurants, shops or to attend a business event, and one of the most breathtaking observatories in the world will be just above your roof. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a lot of guests decide to leave their cosy beds and have their morning coffee admiring the privileged views to the Oriental Pearl Tower every day of their stay. Along with these benefits, we must mention the luxurious premises and the excellence of the customer service that travellers get to enjoy. There is free WiFi internet available both in each room and in the communal areas, a wellness & spa centre and eight gourmet restaurants. If the purpose of your trip is doing business, you might be interested in the exhibitions held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, just a short commute away. The hotel may arrange shuttle services for you and your colleagues to Pudong airport (45 minutes away) or Hongqiao airport (30 minutes away); reaching the central train station from this point takes about half an hour as well. Guest rooms at the Park Hyatt hotel inside Shanghai World Financial Center are more spacious than average, including extra large beds, satellite TV channels, coffee facilities and a private luxury bathroom. For your convenience, room service operates around the clock.

Will you be passing through Pudong airport during your stay in China? In order to ease stress on your layover or on the day of departure, you may consider staying in a hotel close to Shanghai Pudong International airport the night before you fly.