Starring roles for city's luxury hotels

Directors check in to add glamor to stories designed to delight audiences at home and in the cinema

From urban tales to romantic encounters, many stories in films and on TV are set in hotels, the place for meeting people and new adventures. Here are some of the hotels in Shanghai having been featured on screen.

The Vue Bar of Hyatt on the Bund has been featured in many films.

Hyatt on the Bund

With one of the best views of the legendary Bund and a prime site on the banks of the Huangpu River, Hyatt on the Bund is one of Shanghai’s most popular film locations.

More than 20 films and TV series have been filmed here, including Chinese romantic dramas “101 Proposals” and “Tiny Times” and British comedy “Hector and the Search for Happiness.”

The presidential suite of Hyatt on the Bund appeared in “Tiny Times” as the heroine’s luxury apartment, with its rotating LCD TV and marble bath.

The Vue Bar has also featured in various films. The stylish venue has a brick-lined, loft-style lounge furnished with bed-style sofas plus an enticing whirlpool on the terrace, commanding the best views of the Bund skyline.

A member of the Grand Hyatt portfolio, Hyatt on the Bund offers guests stylish restaurants, sophisticated comfort, and functional conference rooms equipped with advanced technological equipment.

Address: 199 Huangpu Rd

Tel: 6393-1234

The infinity swimming pool of the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai

Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai

Known in the city as the “007 pool,” the infinity swimming pool of the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai was featured in the 2012 James Bond movie “Skyfall.”

Located on the 41st floor of the hotel, the sleek, jade-tiled indoor pool can be exclusively yours from 11pm for two hours with canapes and wine, and a spectacular view of the Shanghai skyline.

The hotel also offers 24-hour fitness center with Technogym equipment.

The Art Deco inspired hotel is in the Lujiazui business district surrounded by the iconic skyscrapers and bustling city streets.

Address: 210 Century Ave

Tel: 2036-8888

The Peace Hall of the Fairmont Peace Hotel features the sprung-wooden dance floor.

Fairmont Peace Hotel

An Art Deco masterpiece brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century, the Fairmont Peace Hotel has been featured in a series of films as a classic city landmark that best represents Shanghai’s culture and flair, including scenes from “Temptress Moon” (1994), “Forever Enthralled” (2008), “Leaving Me, Loving You” (2004) and “The Silent War” (2012).

The hotel was widely known as the “No. 1 mansion in the Far East” and, for over eight decades, served as a glamorous playground for the elite.

With the Peace Hall restored to its original grandeur, guests can revive memories of old Shanghai cabarets and gala parties while stepping on the iconic sprung-wooden dance floor.

The hotel’s Jazz Bar takes guests back to the private clubs of the 1920s and 1930s with stunning performances from the Old Jazz Band, made up of six veteran musicians with an average age of 82. For decades, they have drawn an audience of locals, international travelers, celebrities and even heads of state such as former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

The hotel offers 270 distinctive guestrooms, including 39 luxury suites that combine Art Deco inspired furnishing with modern amenities.

The Chinese, Indian, English and American suites have been preserved from the original Peace Hotel, while the French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and German suites have been redesigned in keeping with the original concept of highlighting national and historical styles.

Address: 20 Nanjing Rd E.

Tel: 6138-6888

Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao has a grand facade and classic Parisian architecture.  

Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao

The modern Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao has been a favorite location of urban stories set in Shanghai. Top-rated TV series such as “Ode to Joy II” (2017) and “Negotiator” (2016) have shot scenes in the hotel.

The hotel stands out for its French luxury and style with a grand facade and classic Parisian architecture.

With a surface area of 1,030 square meters and height of 10 meters, the hotel’s grand ballroom Perrault was chosen as the location for Xie Xiaofei and Zhao Chenxi’s wedding in the final episode of “Negotiator.”

Modern Cantonese fusion restaurant Le Chinois, which was featured in an episode of “Ode to Joy II,” offers eight unique private dining rooms with views over a cascading waterfall, and a menu featuring classic dishes.

Located in the heart of the Hongqiao business district, the property is close to Hongqiao International Airport and Hongqiao Railway Station.

Address: 666 Taihong Rd

Tel: 3669-6666

Special Reports