There is something appealing about Shanghai's old villas, especially when they are transformed into a luxury hotel in the heart of the former French Concession.
Part of the Sinan Mansions development, Hotel Massenet comprises 19 independent villas built during the 1920s and '30s to cater to the city's elite. The villas have been carefully restored and equipped with modern comforts to accommodate well-heeled travellers.
Privacy is assured as sight-seeing and photo-taking are prohibited inside the complex. All the villas are for en-bloc lease only, suited to those travelling in large groups.
Every villa comes with four suites, multiple living and dining rooms, a kitchen and private garden.
Impress your business contacts with a prepared banquet in the hotel's main ballroom or schedule a working lunch at Aux Jardins Massenet, an exclusive French restaurant located in Villa 57.
Aside from complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea, guests may also enjoy the hotel's clubhouse equipped with a gym, indoor swimming pool and sauna rooms.
At 38,000 yuan (HK$45,000) a night, plus 15 per cent service charge, it isn't cheap. But if you want to stay in the lap of luxury, you will hardly find a better option.