For those who want to stay in the ritzy Xintiandi area without blowing their budgets, try the boutique hotel 88 Xintiandi. You’re steps away from all the restaurants and nightclubs that Shanghai residents journey from all over town to frequent, even though everything in the area tends toward a touristy feel. There’s no pool or restaurant, although guests are allowed to use the adjacent Langham Xintiandi’s pool and fitness club. The club lounge serves breakfast—which could be more expansive but the basic cereal, congee and eggs made-to-order are available—as well as evening refreshments. This is a good option for business travelers looking to escape a chain hotel experience, or couples or single travelers looking for an intimate escape from the bustle of Shanghai. Rooms and lobby are decorated in a modern Shanghai style, with art deco touches alongside sleek, simple furnishings, and some rooms have skylights and park views.