17 Best Gay Hotels in Shanghai

1. W Shanghai – The Bund
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Why we love it:
♥ Original, luxurious, and fun design across the entire hotel
♥ Brand New Hotel – Opened 2018
♥ The WET outdoor swimming pool deck is one of the best places in Shanghai for a #poolside photoshoot

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Outdoor Pool
💆‍♂️ Spa & Wellness
🏋️‍♂️ Fitness Center
🍴 Restaurants
🥂 Bars

W hotels are a long-established gay favorite brand throughout the world, and this brand-new addition to their portfolio is the W Asian flagship. The great location, exceptional design, attentive staff, and top-tier facilities combine to make this one of the very best luxury options in Shanghai for gay travelers.

As usual, you can expect impeccable contemporary design, blending modern lines, classic Chinese motifs, and quirky, unexpected details. Meanwhile, the hotel’s excellent position on the North Bund offers fantastic views of futuristic Pudong skyscrapers from almost every room. While these are impressive during the day, they become mesmerizing at night when the skyline comes to life.

There are four restaurants, including both international and Chinese options, and three excellent bars. As well as the usual poolside bar, you have a choice between a 1920’s speakeasy-themed vibe in Liquid at YEN and the ultra-hip cocktail stylings of in-house mixologist Dylan Lam in WOOBAR.

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Radisson Blu Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Gay Friendly Shanghai

Why We Love It:
♥ Super-convenient location for partying
♥ Unique design based on old-fashioned Art Deco luxury
♥ Located in the trendiest and most beautiful area of Shanghai

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
🏋️‍♂️ Large Fitness Centre
🍴 Restaurants
🥂 Bars

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This hotel is located in the beautiful Concession area of Shanghai, just where it meets Changing district – which just so happens to be home to most of Shanghai’s gay bars and venues. This makes the Radisson Blu Plaza an ideal option if you are looking to make the most of Shanghai’s gay nightlife, with some of the most popular gay bars in the city a short 15-minute walk away.

The decor is grand and old-fashioned, themed to match the Art Deco surroundings of the French Concession. This may not appeal to lovers of contemporary design, but will delight anyone who enjoys the feel of a traditional luxury hotel with all the comforts of a modern one.

A lovely green park surrounds the hotel, giving an impression of remote serenity in the very heart of chaotic Shanghai. Beyond, the leafy avenues of the Concession make for some lovely daytime walks, while at night the area becomes Shanghai’s center of trendy, young, upmarket nightlife.

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Why We Love It:
♥ Some of the best views in Shanghai in every room
♥ One of the best restaurants in the city on your doorstep
♥ Excellent spa and wellness facilities for relaxation, including that infinity pool

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
💆‍♂️ Spa
🏋️‍♂️ Large Fitness Centre
🍴 8 Restaurants
🥂 Bars

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The Park Hyatt Shanghai is one of the highest hotels in the world, occupying 15 of the uppermost levels of the Shanghai World Financial Center. This position at the very center of Shanghai’s busy business district guarantees exceptional views from every single room, something which the room layouts are carefully designed to highlight. Even the standard rooms are extremely roomy and airy, with huge wall-to-wall windows and simple, elegant decor that lets the view do the talking.

As usual with Park Hyatt hotels, the extras are also world-class. There are five restaurants, including the Living Room, a lovely lounge designed to feel like a deluxe living room, and 100 Century Avenue, one of the best East-West fusion restaurants in Shanghai. Three bars bring the Shanghai nightlife into the hotel, including regular events and DJ sessions.

But it’s the spa facilities that really stand out here. Water’s Edge spa is based on traditional Chinese wellness practices, offering luxurious facilities and treatments in an incredible setting. The infinity pool overlooking The Bund is a particular treat.

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4. The PuLi Hotel and Spa
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Why we love it:
♥ Beautiful and relaxing outdoor swimming pool.
♥ Exceptional attention to detail and high quality of all the facilities, from the spa to the restaurants
♥ Seriously comfortable, tasteful, and soothing decor

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Outdoor Pool
💆‍♂️ Spa & Wellness
🏋️‍♂️ Fitness Center
🍴 Restaurants
🥂 Bars

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The PuLi Hotel is a sophisticated boutique “urban resort”, delivering luxury with a bespoke feel. It is excellently located next to Jing’an Park and Nanjing West Road, with the main gay nightlife spots in Changing district a short 10-minute drive away.

The decor is understated and modern, with distinctly Chinese elements and natural light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms come with all the details and conveniences you can expect from a five-star hotel, including great views, stocked mini bar, Bose sound system, Nespresso machine, and heavenly beds.

However, a few extra touches make it stand out from the crowd, from the 24-hour butler service to the Michelin-star restaurant and the spa, which is one of the best in the city. All of these elements combine to place The PuLi among the top-scoring 5-star hotels on Booking.com in Shanghai.

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5. Twelve at Hengshan, A Luxury Collection Hotel
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Why we love it:
♥ Lovely decor, with delicate florals and luxury materials
♥ Courtyard rooms offer a rare sensation of peace and quiet in the middle of the city
♥ Seriously comfortable, tasteful, and soothing decor

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🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
💆‍♂️ Spa & Wellness
🏋️‍♂️ Fitness Center
🍴 Restaurants
🥂 Bars

This hotel is one of the best places to stay in the French Concession, sitting along leafy and pleasant Hengshan Road. This location makes it both an extremely convenient place to stay – the city’s liveliest and coolest nightlife spots are all close by, not to mention the gay bars just under a 10-minute drive away – and an incredibly relaxing one.

The exterior of the building is already quite striking, but the interior decor is the main highlight. The theme is an updated take on the blend of Chinese and Art Deco influences that define the French Concession. The courtyard rooms are particularly desirable, as they face the large central courtyard of the building and, as a result, are extremely peaceful and quiet.

There is an excellent spa and three restaurants, including one serving authentic Cantonese cuisine and a rooftop terrace option with incredible views. The pool is indoors but large and heated, making for a lovely dip at any time of the year.

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6. URBN Boutique Shanghai
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Why we love it:
♥ Eco-friendly, sustainable, ethical, and luxurious? Sign us up.
♥ Small and intimate
♥ The sunken in-room bathtubs are a treat

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
🏋️‍♂️ 24-Hour Fitness Center
🍴 Restaurant

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When it comes to boutique hotels, URBN really does stand out. This 2018 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award winner is located in a redeveloped factory warehouse, impeccably blending eco-consciousness and luxury. It prides itself in being China’s first carbon-neutral hotel and is dedicated to sustainability in everything it does, from the seafood served in its restaurant to the recycled and locally sourced materials in its design.

The “boutique” feeling is really highlighted by the hotel’s size, with only 26 rooms in total. The smaller scale means everything is perfectly tended to and the staff is always on hand to help out. It is also tucked away in a discreet area behind Nanjing Road, meaning you are close to all the action but also isolated from all the noise and chaos.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with the in-room bathtub being a particularly fun touch. It is missing some of the usual facilities of a luxury hotel, such as a bar, spa, swimming pool, or gym, but it’s a top choice for visitors who don’t tend to use those facilities much anyways.

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7. Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui
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Why we love it:
♥ Well-located near plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, and transport links
♥ Very good buffet breakfast to start your day right
♥ Helpful and friendly staff

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
🏋️‍♂️ Fitness Center
🍴 Restaurant

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This Marriott hotel is located in Xujiahui, a popular shopping and entertainment district of Shanghai. Most of the city’s gay bars are a 25-minute walk away or a 10-minute drive, and there are also excellent public transport links to the rest of the city.

It is a very good mid-range option for visitors looking to enjoy the food and bar scene of Shanghai. The decor is at times slightly outdated, but the rooms are extremely comfortable with large windows and excellent beds.

The breakfast is particularly well-rated, with a generous and high-quality selection of Western and Asian dishes. Their cafe even has a to-go section, in case you can’t wait to get started with your day in Shanghai. It’s worth spending a little bit of extra cash to gain access to the executive lounge, which has great service and a good selection of drinks and snacks.

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8. @ Gallery Suites
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Why we love it:
♥ Historic building with original Art Deco decor
♥ Extremely good value for money
♥ Excellent central location on Hengshan Road

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📶 Free in-room WIFI
🍴 Restaurant

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@ Gallery Suites is located on Hengshan Road, the central avenue of the French Concession, in a historic Art Deco building from 1933. A charming boutique hotel, it has a collection of 39 rooms and suites, each decorated with a blend of vintage items and original artwork by up-and-coming Shanghai artists.

This hotel is particularly popular with gay travelers. The gay bars in Changing are just 20 minutes away on foot (under 10 minutes in a taxi), and the surrounding French Concession has the best nightlife in Shanghai.

The rooms are extremely spacious, with very good amenities and extra large beds. The dining options are relatively sparse compared to some other hotels, with a very basic breakfast and bar. Overall, this is an excellent mid-range option for people who love a touch of history and heritage with their hotels, and who like to just use their hotel for sleeping and relaxing.

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9. Crowne Plaza Shanghai
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Why we love it:
♥ Party Central Location
♥ Spacious and comfortable rooms
♥ Good value for money

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
🏋️‍♂️ Fitness Center
🍴 Restaurant

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The Crowne Plaza is one of the closest hotels to the cluster of gay bars in Changing, making it perfect for guys who want to stay close to the nightlife. Most of Shanghai’s gay bars are less than ten minutes away, with Lucca 390 being a mere 3-minute walk. Nearby, Jiaotong University metro station connects to the city’s main landmarks.

The hotel itself is on the dated side, with a more business-focused feel to it. However, the rooms are large, comfortable, and clean. The staff are helpful and well-trained to deal with international customers, which is always a convenience of an established global chain like Crowne Plaza. There is a good fitness center and a spa, as well as an indoor swimming pool.

Overall, this is a good option if you want reliable service and comfort while staying next to the Shanghai gay scene and you’ll be thankful for that 5-minute walk back from the bar while everyone else tries to find taxis.

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10. The Longemont Shanghai
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Why we love it:
♥ Close proximity to gay nightlife
♥ Large indoor pool and Fitness centre
♥ Large, comfortable rooms with good amenities

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
🏋️‍♂️ Fitness Center
💆‍♂️ Spa & Wellness
🍴 Restaurant
🥂 Bar

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The Longemont Shanghai is located a 10-minute walk away from the city’s gay bars, making it very convenient for nightlife. The hotel has modern decor and very spacious and comfortable rooms, including good beds and showers.

The indoor swimming pool is quite impressive, a narrow 30m-long strip of water in an airy, skylit space with a panoramic view of the city. There are five dining options covering several styles of Asian and Western cuisine, a lounge bar, and a spa.

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11. Hotel Indigo
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Why we love it:
♥ Colorful, cool, and contemporary design
♥ Great value for money
♥ Rooms with first-rate views

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What’s There
📶 Free in-room WIFI
🏊‍♂️ Indoor Pool
🏋️‍♂️ State-Of-The-Art Fitness Suite
💆‍♂️ Spa & Wellness
🍴 Restaurant
🥂 Bar

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This Hotel Indigo is one of the chain’s flagship locations and is always popular with gay visitors. The location on The Bund by the Huangpu river is beautiful and perfect for sightseeing – there are even two scenic parks on the hotel’s doorstep for a relaxing stroll.

The hotel itself presents excellent value for money, with modern, creative decor throughout inspired by the centuries of history in the surrounding area. The rooms are spacious and impressive, with many of them offering great views of the river and Pudong through huge, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows.

The restaurants offer tasty and varied food, including a very good breakfast, and the rooftop terrace bar is a great place for a drink with a panoramic view. There is a state-of-the-art fitness suite and a pool with – you guessed it – pretty incredible views.

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12. ibis Shanghai Xujiahui Hotel
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Why we love it:
♥ Simple, cheap, and convenient
♥ Perfect location for nightlife
♥ High standard of English-speaking service

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📶 Free in-room WIFI
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This ibis hotel is very well located in the Jiatong Univesity area, approximately a 10-minute walk from the main Shanghai gay bars, Jiaotong University metro station, and Hongqiao Road metro station. This means you can walk to and from the hotel when you go out at night, and are perfectly connected for visiting the rest of the city.

The hotel is of the usual ibis standard, basic but convenient and functional. The rooms are not particularly large, but they are clean and have all the necessities, and the breakfast is equally simple. Furthermore, you are guaranteed English-speaking staff at the reception, which can sometimes be a problem in China.

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13. Harcourts Kailun Hotel – party location
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Why we love it:
♥ Great location for nightlife, shopping, and entertainment
♥ Good breakfast

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📶 Free in-room WIFI
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This is a very basic, no-frills hotel for a budget price. The location is perfect for gay nightlife, with all gay bars a 10 to 15-minute walk away. The surrounding neighborhood has plenty of great bars, restaurants, shops, and a few lovely parks. The rooms are clean and comfortable enough, if not slightly worn down. The staff are friendly and helpful and the Chinese-style breakfast is quite tasty.

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14. Shanghai Soho Garden Hotel
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Why we love it:
♥ The friendly and personal vibe
♥ Good location: quiet and isolated, but close to gay nightlife

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This small boutique hotel is perfect for those looking for a budget option but who like a bit more character than the usual chain hotel. There are only 31 rooms, all of them comfortable and decorated with a personal touch. Overall, the hotel almost feels like a villa or homestay, with a cozy and welcoming vibe.

The staff do not always speak English, but are always very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. Small details like fresh fruit and milk brought to your room in the morning really make the place stand out from other budget option.

The location is quiet but extremely close to the gay nightlife spots, meaning you can party at night and relax during the day.

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15. Blue Mountain LuWan

Why we love it:
♥ Right next to a Metro station
♥ Clean, comfortable, decently sized rooms

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📶 Free in-room WIFI
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An excellent hostel in the city center of Shanghai, close to the river and a 10-minute drive to the Bund. There is a metro station just across the street, connecting to the circular Line 4, with stations on Lines 12, 13, also conveniently nearby. The gay bars can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes by taxi.

The hotel is very nicely decorated in a modern yet rustic style, and has both private and dorm rooms available. Dorms come in 4, 6, and 8 beds, and can either be mixed or gender-separate. The staff is knowledgeable, English-speaking, and happy to help you make the most of your stay. The bar and common area are welcoming and laid-back, and there is a laundry service available.

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16. Le Tour

Why we love it:
♥ The rooftop terrace is a great place for hanging out on a nice day
♥ Private quadruple rooms are ideal for small groups of friends
♥ A great common area for meeting people

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Le Tour is a great hostel for backpackers and budget travelers. It is housed in an old factory and retains a lot of classic Shanghai charm, with exposed brick walls, concrete floors, and graffiti by travelers from all over the globe as far as the eye can see. There is a lovely terrace space where you can eat, drink, and meet new people, and large common areas with games and ample seating.

The rooms are spacious enough, with several size options for private rooms, including some good quadruple options that are perfect if you are traveling with friends. The dorm rooms are on the smaller size (6 people) and separated by gender.

The location in Jingan district is great for food, bars, and shopping, with easy transport links to the rest of the city. The hostel is tucked away in a hidden alleyway, meaning you are away from the noises of the main street (but it can be difficult to find).

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17. Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel

Why we love it:
♥ The garden is perfect for relaxing in
♥ Food and drink is cheap and tasty

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📶 Free in-room WIFI
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This hostel offers great value for money, with simple, clean, and nicely decorated amenities at very affordable rates. Rock&Wood stands out thanks to its pleasant garden and terrace area, which gives an impression of calm and serenity in the middle of the city.

There are both private and dormitory rooms, all basic but comfortable. The common room has a pool table and is usually lively. The food and drinks at the cafe are good and cheap, which is handy since you are not allowed to bring in food from outside. When the hostel is busy, there is a great atmosphere in the common areas and it is really easy to start chatting to people.

Location-wise, the hostel is quite central but the gay bars are only a 15-minute walk away. There is a metro station nearby and the lovely Tianshan Park is close by.

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