Gay Shanghai • Mid-Range + Budget Hotels

Hotels in Shanghai are very affordable by international standards. As a result, many gay travellers opt for luxury hotels.

Our top budget & mid-range Shanghai hotels for 2018 are sorted by area:

French Concession

premier residential & retail district; home the main gay scene


trendy area with cafés, restaurants & nightlife

The Bund

waterfront area and one of the city's most famous tourists spots

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French Concession area

Shanghai’s premier residential & retail district. This former French settlement covers part of Xuhui District and central urban Shanghai. The area has retained its distinct character and offers a great base for tourists.

Best seller.

525 Hengshan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai | map | distance

8.5 Excellent
based on 285 Agoda reviews

@ Gallery Suites Hotel Hengshan4-5 stars

Why this hotel? Best seller. Easy access to gay scene. Great value. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2015
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The most popular hotel in Shanghai on Travel Gay Asia. The stylish @ Gallery Suites offers art deco suite-style rooms in a converted heritage building from 1933.

Every room is over 50 m² in size and features a 42″ flat screen TV and free WiFi. There is a gym onsite, and a tasty breakfast buffet is served daily at The Lounge.

Located in the Old French Concession area, a short walk from the Xujiahui subway station. Great value for money and great location for both exploring Shanghai and its gay nightlife.

features restaurant, shop, gym, free wi-fi (餐厅, 铺子, 健身房, 免费无线上网)

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Convenient location.

2701 Xietu Road, Xujiahui, Shanghai | map | distance

7.2 Very Good
based on 823 Agoda reviews

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30% off on Agoda

FX Hotel Xujiahui Shanghai Stadium Branch4 stars

Why this hotel? Convenient location. Great for Angel Shanghai gay dance party. Free WiFi.

The FX Xujiahui (Shanghai Stadium Branch) is a great choice if you planning a night out at the Angel @ ICON gay dance party. The subway station (Line 4) is just a short walk away, so you can easily connect to other areas.

Modern guest rooms feature free WiFi, flat screen satellite TV, safe and minibar. The hotel has an onsite restaurant and room service is available. Complimentary coffee/tea provided at the lobby area.

Great value for money, and the FX’s central location means that many restaurants and shops are nearby.

features restaurants, free wi-fi (免费无线上网)

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Close to gay nightlife.

858 Panyu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai | map | distance

7.1 Very Good
based on 124 Agoda reviews

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10% off on Agoda

ibis Shanghai Xujiahui Hotel3 stars

Why this hotel? Close to gay nightlife. Great location. Value for money. Free WiFi.

Great value-for-money hotel in central location. The ibis Xujiahui is located within walking distance of some of the best gay bars in Shanghai and metro stations.

This 3-star hotel features modern, comfortable, en suite rooms, each with internet access, air conditioning and flat screen TV. The hotel offers a daily breakfast buffet and has a 24-hour reception.

A perfect choice if you’re on a tight budget and a popular hotel on Travel Gay Asia.

features restaurant, free wi-fi (餐厅, 免费无线上网)

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Shanghai’s upmarket entertainment area with adjoining houses that serve as book stores, cafés, restaurants, and shopping complexes. Xintiandi has an active nightlife and is a gay-popular destination.

Central location.

5-7 Shaanxi South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai | map | distance

7.4 Very Good
based on 647 Agoda reviews

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45% off on Agoda

City Hotel Shanghai4 stars

Why this hotel? Central location. Modern facilities. Great value.

City Hotel ticks a lot of boxes for a minimal price. This 26-storey hotel offers 270 rooms and suites, 5 dining options as well as an indoor pool, gym, sauna and spa. The rooms are decent-sized, well-maintained and feature all the modern comforts.

Located in Shanghai’s commercial area, with easy access to Xintiandi (2 km), The Bund and major sights via the nearby Shaanxi South Road subway station or by taxi.

features bar, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, massage, gym (酒吧, 餐厅, 互联网, 游泳池, 按摩, 健身房)

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Apartment style.

98 Shou Ning Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 945 Agoda reviews

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Fraser Residence Shanghai5 stars

Why this hotel? Apartment style. Convenient location. Near Xintiandi. Free WiFi.

A serviced apartment can be a great alternative to a traditional hotel, especially if you want the flexibility to invite a few friends over for a drink or more without any hassle.

The Fraser offers such an option. It is located within easy reach of popular tourist attractions and the trendy Xintiandi district.

Each recently refurbished apartment features air conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, desk, hair dryer. Guests have use of a gym, tennis court and swimming pool.

features cafe, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, gym, spa, free wi-fi (咖啡馆, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网)

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The Bund

Famous waterfront area, located along the western bank of Huangpu River. The Bund is home to many important buildings, businesses, tourist sights, restaurants and excellent hotels.

Popular choice.

839 Renmin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai | map | distance

7.8 Very Good
based on 183 Agoda reviews

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SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund4 stars

Why this hotel? Popular choice. Great location. Near The Bund. Free WiFi.

A popular mid-range option. The modern SSAW Boutique Hotel has all the right elements. It is located 20 minutes’ walk to The Bund and 5 minutes to Yu Garden subway

Guest rooms are spacious and feature comfortable beds and free WiFi. The hotel has restaurant, bar, gym and enjoys excellent views of Shanghai. Staff are attentive, friendly and speak reasonable English.

features restaurant, free wi-fi (餐厅, 免费无线上网)

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Amazing views.

585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 172 Agoda reviews

Hotel Indigo On The Bund5 stars

Why this hotel? Amazing views. Stylish rooms. Great location. Free WiFi.

This riverside hotel offers breathtaking views of the high-tech Pudong. It is also close to Yu Yuan Garden, the Old Chinese City, Jing’an Temple and Nanjing Road shopping district.

We recommend ‘river view’ rooms, as the view that adds so much to the pleasure of staying here. The rooms combine modern elements with touches of old China. All the latest technology is there – right down to the high-tech toilet seat!

If you want a quick work out, the Indigo has a well-equipped gym and swimming pool

features bar, cafe, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, gym, spa (酒吧, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 互联网, 游泳池, 健身房, 温泉)

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Historic building.

15 Huangpu Rd, Hongkou District, Shanghai | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 172 Agoda reviews

Astor House Hotel4-5 stars

Why this hotel? Historic building. Near The Bund. Excellent value. Free WiFi.

Classic, historic hotel located just minutes walk from The Bund. Established in 1846, Astor House offers 130 spacious rooms decorated in baroque and Victorian style.

The heritage ambiance can be felt the minute you walk in. Same-sex couples are welcome if you book a double room. Great value for money and easy to get to/from by taxi.

features bar, restaurant, shop, internet access (酒吧, 餐厅, 铺子, 互联网)

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