A plush springboard to launch you headlong into the heart of Shanghai, the New World Hotel brings a little 21st century oriental hospitality to the city’s centre. Accessible through a monumental square marble-pillared and sleek pagoda-roofed entryway, the hotel is a 605-room behemoth where function, comfort and class combine. The communal spaces are high-ceilinged and spacious, with polished marble floors, art-splattered walls and sleek modern furniture all screaming sleek austerity. The warmly-lit suites, meanwhile, provide the perfect counterpoint—kitted out with cloud-like beds, stylish minimalist furniture and fittings awash with soft wooden hues. And if you’re on the hunt for a spot to stave off the summer heat with a swim, New World boasts one of the city’s best—their swish rooftop pool is guaranteed to add some ‘oohs’ to the relaxed ‘aahs’ with its epic views across the sprawling cityscape.