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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From London to Shanghai, we round up some of the world's most notable overnights



DESIGN NOTES: The signature elements of Hyatt’s boutique mini chain are all here, including lots of curvy blond wood and contemporary art. Guest rooms are uncluttered, with the most notable features being the iPad-shaped windows and spookily intuitive electronic toilets.

ROOM WITH A VIEW: The XL King, a corner room available on floors 6 through 25, offers an impressive window onto the Xintiandi historic district. However, very light sleepers may want to request a room at the rear of the hotel—Shanghai is home to more than 2 million cars and what sounds like twice as many horns.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Xintiandi, known for the souped-up shikumen architecture of its bars and boutiques. The hotel is a short walk from Huaihai Zhong Road, one of the city’s blingiest strips, and a 10-minute cab ride from the waterfront.

HOT PLATE: Hai Pai, a low-key French-Chinese bistro with outdoor seating, serves an addictive salade Niçoise, with duck leg confit and steamed dumplings. But it also does a first-class cheeseburger and fries.

UNEXPECTED TREAT: In a city where decent bread can be hard to find, the hotel’s all-day French bakery-pâtisserie is both highly unexpected and a very real treat.

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