In the last thirty years, Shenzhen has skyrocketed from being a little market town to a bustling, modern city, built on the back of the manufacturing boom in the 1980s. It’s a major financial centre, home to factories, tech companies, and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. It’s also home to a (weirdly) high number of theme parks and shopping hot-spots. As such, it’s a popular destination for both business and leisure travellers. The hotels in Shenzhen are aware of this, and have adapted accordingly.
Here, we’ve found a variety of hotels for the business, budget, and leisure traveller. Whether you’re looking to close a business deal or hop around theme parks on your trip, you’ll be able to find a hotel that will give comfort and convenience.
For leisure travellers
The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan is ideal for families who are looking to visit the theme parks in Shenzhen. It’s right opposite Windows Of The World, and some rooms give you views of the theme park. You’re also nearby the Windows Of The World Station, so you can get to other attractions easily. The hotel is connected to the Yitian Holiday Plaza mall, so all the things that you might need are right on your doorstep.
At night, The Westin’s rooftop offers breath-taking views of Shenzhen Bay, Hong Kong, and the connecting bridge at night. The rooms are serene and relaxing, with a white and green colour scheme that helps you feel reconnected to nature. Select rooms come with a balcony, workout equipment, or a whirlpool tub. It also has a gorgeous, big swimming pool, which is perfect for the kids to splash around in. One downside of the Westin is that there is a surcharge for the Wi-Fi.
Located on Dameisha Beach, the Sheraton Dameisha Resort puts you in the perfect place for a seaside holiday in Eastern Shenzhen, away from the city. The hotel has an intricately designed frontage of glass and steel, and it sits right on the beach. You’ll be able to roll out of bed and be in the water in less than five minutes.
Besides frolicking in the sea, there’s also plenty to do around Dameisha. The hotel is just 10 minutes away from the Dameisha Outlet shopping village, where you can shop to your heart’s content. You’re also near to the Overseas Chinese Town East, which has three theme parks. Historical attractions such as Dapeng Fortres are also nearby.
Inside, the Sheraton’s rooms are upscale and modern. All of them offer bay views. The rooms have all the amenities you’ll need for a comfortable stay, but do note that you will have to pay for Wi-Fi.
For a clash of cultures, book yourself a stay at the InterContinental Shenzhen. It’s a Spanish-themed hotel, located in the Overseas Chinese Town. To add to the mix of cultures, the InterContinental’s restaurants serve up a mix of French, Brazilian, Chinese, and Western cuisine. Plus, it has its own water park. It doesn’t get any better than that!
The Overseas Chinese Town is a cluster of tourist hotspots in the Nanshan District. It’s home to attractions such as Windows of the World, Happy Valley, Splendid China, art galleries, and a lot of shopping malls. It’s a great option for families who want familiarity and security while exploring Shenzhen’s tourist attractions.
The rooms are luxurious and contemporary, with just enough gold-plated surfaces to remind you that you’re in China. The hotel has an indoor and an outdoor pool, and the outdoor pool has its own little man-made beach. A world-class gym also offers another workout option besides swimming. Free Wi-Fi is available, and a breakfast buffet is also provided. Do note that if you go during peak periods, the InterContinental will be crowded, because tourists from other parts of China will also come.
This resort is a perfect place for a relaxing getaway surrounded by a rolling golf course and lots of greenery. Designed by an award-winning Japanese architect, the Castle Golf Hotel is a gorgeous blend of wood, concrete, and glass.
Every room has a view of the golf course and the lake, and also has an outdoor bathtub on the balcony. The rooms have all the amenities you need, and are modern and sleek. The dinner and breakfast buffets come highly recommended. After a good meal, you can go for a walk in the garden, or do some light exercise in the gym. Water sports facilities are available on-site, and free Wi-Fi is available.
Although Castle Golf Hotel feels like a peaceful, removed sanctuary, you’ll still be able to reach civilisation and tourist attractions – the hotel provides free shuttle services to the Ailian Metro Station, Coco Park, and Longgang City Airport Terminal
Are you the kind who would love to go on a cruise, but can’t because of seasickness? How about a stay on a cruise – on land. The Shenzhen Cruise Inn is one of Shenzhen’s most famous hotels. It’s a former cruise ship that is now permanently on land. It’s the centrepiece of the Sea World shopping district, so a stay there will ensure that you’ll have no shortage of eating and shopping options. It’s also very near the Sea World metro station.
The rooms are ocean-themed, with wooden headboards decorated with sea creatures and rounded windows. Because it’s on a ship, you’ll find that there might be low ceilings or slanting floors in some places. The rooms are all comfortably furnished with a work desk, a seating area, a minibar, and other amenities such as hairdryers and toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
To add to the novelty of staying on a cruise ship, Sea World’s Vegas-style dancing fountains take place next to the ship so you’ll have the best view of them.
For business travellers
The Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen is a 5-star hotel that is just minutes away from Dongmen Old Street and Luohu Business District. Located in the Luohu District, the hotel is near to the Immigration Control Point, so it’s ideal for those who are planning to take a day trip to Hong Kong.
The rooms are beautiful and indulgent, with amenities such as an in-room safe, hair-dryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. The main colour of the rooms is a muted gold, which is complemented by glossy, burnished wood furnishings. The rooms give beautiful views of the Shenzhen skyline and the Hong Kong New Territories. It’s a serene sanctuary that you can retreat to after a busy day in Shenzhen.
If you’re travelling with family, your children (below six years) can enjoy complimentary all-day buffets in the All Day Dining and Pool cafes when accompanied by a paying adult, up to a maximum of 2 children.
This is a little 5-star boutique hotel that you can’t miss. The exterior is made up of sleek white panels with glass-fronted windows that jut out from it. The funky theme continues on the inside of the hotel – it’s sleek and modern, with nods to Chinese designs. Think shiny marble floors, glass walls, and decorations like wooden bird cages.
For a touch of greenery in the urban maze that is Shenzhen, you’ll just have to look out your window. The Hui Hotel offers beautiful views of the Shenzhen Central Park. It’s within walking distance of Huaxin MRT Station, and is 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) away from the Shenzhen Flower Market and 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) from the Huaqiangbei Electronic Trade Market.
The Hui Hotel aims to be their guests’ home away from home. The rooms are clean and welcoming, with neutral colours and wooden furnishings. You can expect a wide range of modern facilities, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some of the suites come with walk-in closets. Guests are also entitled to a complimentary bottle of coke, orange juice, or soda water every day.
The service in the hotel is excellent, but the level of spoken English isn’t so strong.
The Hilton Shenzhen, Futian opened in 2015, and is currently less than a year old. It’s part of four glass towers that soar above a main plaza. It’s located in the Futian district, making it ideal for business travellers. It also caters to families – it has a large playroom with a ballpit, and a rooftop pool.
You can walk to Gangxia North MTR Station and easily access the rest of Shenzhen from there. The hotel is also located within walking distance of the Civic Centre.
Inside, the hotel features a grand lobby, sleek marble floors, and elaborate gold decorations. The rooms are modern and sleek, and are more elegant as compared to the rest of the hotel’s opulence. A neutral, earthy palette creates a warm and relaxing environment, as do the minimalist nature prints. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in plenty of natural light. In-room Wi-Fi and wireless printing are also available.
Located just around the corner from the Huaxin MTR Station, the Pavilion Shenzhen is an upscale hotel that caters for both business and leisure travellers. It promises travellers that they will be able to work in the peace and comfort of a home from home.
It’s situated at the heart of the commercial and shopping centre of Huaqiang Road, near to Huaqiangbei Electronic Market. You’re also near many malls and shops, so there’ll be no shortage of things to eat or buy.
The 291 rooms blend oriental designs with classic furnishings. The rooms are more spacious compared to other hotels. They are also well-equipped with a fridge, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and other amenities. Pavilion Hotel also offers the ‘Pavilion Cosy Bed’ service, where you can choose from a menu of different pillows.
You can start each day right with a free breakfast buffet, and end it by cooling off in the hotel’s pool.
Housed in a sleek glass tower in Futian, the Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is right in the middle of Shenzhen’s new central business district. It’s located right next to the convention and exhibition centre, and in the middle of a prestigious shopping strip. It’s a great option for business travellers who also want to be able to enjoy Shenzhen’s city life.
Staying in the Four Seasons will guarantee you a sophisticated and welcoming home in one of Shenzhen’s most bustling districts. The rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the Shenzhen city skyline. Inside, Chinese influences have been tastefully included – think delicate art and Chinese tea cups in a bright and luxurious room.
Throughout the entire time, you’ll be well looked after by the Four Seasons staff. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available, and the room is well-stocked with all the amenities that you’ll need. You can even ask for a laptop! You can work out in the state-of-the-art gym, and then choose between cooling off in the indoor or outdoor pool. Like all other Four Seasons’ properties, the Four Seasons Shenzhen has a world-class spa where you can relax and unwind.
The Marco Polo Shenzhen is a business hotel that takes up a skyscraper in the Futian Central Business District. It’s conveniently located 5 minutes away from the Shopping Park MTR Station, and its nearby shopping hotspots like Coco Park. It balances the needs of business and leisure travellers by catering to both groups. The hotel has a business centre, and recreational facilities such as two swimming pools, a gym and a hair salon.
The rooms are modern and contemporary, with warm wood furnishings and blue accents. All rooms come with an executive writing desk, and they all offer different views of the Shenzhen skyline. The rooms are all fully-equipped with modern facilities, and the staff will be able to help you with anything else you need. There is also a complimentary breakfast buffet with excellent choices. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Located just steps away from the Convention and Exhibition Centre MTR station, the Sheraton Shenzhen is between the Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Civic Centre. It’s also near to shopping districts such as Coco Park and Central Walk, making it ideal for both business and leisure travellers.
Inside, the rooms are modern and contemporary, full of sleek wood and rich carpets. The rooms have executive writing desks, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hotel. The Sheraton also has an executive suite and a club lounge that can be used by travellers who need to hold meetings, or a place to focus on their work. A breakfast buffet is also provided, although the western choices are rather limited.
For those on a budget
The Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Luohu is a streamlined high-rise hotel in downtown Shenzhen. It’s just ten minutes away from the Central Business District via the subway – the nearest metro station is Dajuyuan Station, and from there you can easily get around Shenzhen. Shopping hotspots like Huaqiangbei Shopping Centre are just a 5-minute subway ride away. It’s definitely a more affordable choice than other luxury hotels, but you still get the familiarity and reliability of an international brand.
Inside the hotel, the rooms are clean and tidy. They’re decorated in warm tones and neat wooden furniture, so it’s a lot more homey and laid-back as compared to a luxury hotel. The rooms come with standard amenities such as an in-room safe, hairdryers, and a kettle, while other services such as ironing boards are available upon request. The rainfall shower in the bathroom is the perfect place to relax and wash away the sweat you’ve worked up after wandering the city.
The hotel’s complimentary breakfast buffet also offers western and Asian choices. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel, so you’ll have no problem staying connected.
This is a good budget option if you’re travelling for business. Located near to the Huaqiangbei electronics district, the Shanshui Trends Hotel puts you in a great spot for both business and leisure in Shenzhen. You can hop into a taxi and reach Happy Valley theme park in just 18 minutes.
Do note that the rooms are a little bit weathered, so it’s good if all you’re looking for is a place to stay. The units on the 6th floor come with a computer, which is helpful for workaholics or internet addicts. If you book the Japanese suite, you’ll be treated to smooth hardwood floors, a large wooden tub for soaking, and a plush mattress on the floor. Other rooms also include a romantic room, which has a cute round bed.
Free breakfast and Wi-Fi are available in the Shanshui Trends. The signal may not be too strong for the Wi-Fi though. And, if you are not keen on the breakfast, you’ll find no shortage of good food on the streets outside!
The Li Yuan Hotel is another budget-friendly option. It’s a ten-minute walk from Hong Lim MTR Station, and from there you can easily reach the rest of Shenzhen. Do note that because this hotel is located off the main road, flagging a cab can be a challenge during rush hour.
The hotel is next to KK Mall, so food, souvenirs, and a shopping fix can be easily found. It’s also a 15-minute walk away from attractions such as the Shenzhen Museum and Shenzhen Grand Theatre. If you need a nature fix, Lizhen Park is also a short walk away.
The 108 rooms are all well-maintained and cleaned. Expect a mix of wooden Chinese furniture and squishy 90s-esque armchairs. The style of the hotel is a little outdated, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Some rooms also include plasma screen televisions and whirlpool tubs. Wi-Fi is available, but there is an extra fee.
An economic powerhouse
Internationally, Shenzhen is still well-known as a business destination, although that too is changing as more attractions spring up. Regardless of what your itinerary is, choose a hotel that caters to what you need and will make your trip more convenient. Remember that Shenzhen’s metro is top-notch, so no matter where you stay, getting around will still be a breeze.
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