Best New Hotels 2008:Jia Shanghai
Half-moon balconies identify this striking 20s building in central Shanghai. Inside the cosy lobby lounge, this city’s stylish international set reclines on understated but elegant furniture by André Fu. The 55 contemporary yet comfortable rooms feature white lacquered walls, Knoll and Hans Wegner furnishings, plus eye-catching digital photography by Singaporean artist Russell Wong. A microwave and sleek stovetop allow guests the freedom to self-cater, and when that holiday guilt sets in, they can work off the extra kilos in the 24-hour gym.We love
Lowering the blackout curtains for an in-room massage, and sinking into the deep tub in the spacious metallic Bisazza-tiled bathroom.
Rooms from about $305, www.jiashanghai.com
. CYNTHIA ROSENFELD