It was built in 1934 in the Art Deco style the city was once so famous for, all geometric shapes and lavishly unnecessary decorative details. Seventy-five years later Langham bought the property and worked their magic on it, restoring its beauty while adding stuff like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs above the soaking tubs.
It's a lovely property now, and at only 90-something rooms, relatively tiny. The location can't be beat: it's not the Bund, but two blocks from both People's Park and Nanjing Road, which are must-sees for new visitors.
If gorgeousness and luxury isn't your bag, the breakfasts might do the trick. Eggs and bacon if you're (being boring and) keeping it Western-style, but the noodles and dumplings and mysterious fruit are better. Or, hey, make it a combo platter. Then head out into the heart of Shanghai.
An art deco king room at the Langham Yangtze starts at around 1,350 CNY or about $204USD.
[Photo: Langham Yangtze]