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Moller Villa Hotel Shanghai

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Comfortable and extremely spacious room. Lots of space to settle in. There was always a very proficient bilingual staff person around to help with questions and arranging taxis, etc. The breakfast buffet was pretty good, a nice touch was the made to order omelette. Some of the food seemed a little stale though. Large bathroom, be careful with the shower and not flood the floor. Extensive grounds and common areas. There are no ice machines, but housekeeping will bring you 'bingkuai' on request.

It's not the most luxurious hotel... but so incredibly charming... it belongs in a romantic movie! It is timeless. I feel like I stepped out of a time machine into another place. I got to stay here and I loved it's antiquated charm. It is truly unique. It's not necessarily about it being fancy or anything... it's just like traveling through a time machine and stepping into another place and time. I was touched by the story of the father and the daughter. Apparently his little girl had an intricate dream one night... of a fairy tale castle. She explained it with such vivid wonderment and excitement that her father felt it in his heart to make her dream a beautiful reality and created her dreamland castle in real life by the detail... You can see the stunning details in the wood, and architecture of the stairways, as well as the love that was put into it by her wonderful father(there are even big hearts carved into the stairwell...!!!) How sweet is that???! It's not the most luxurious hotel in the world, but it's incredibly charming and worth a visit. Try the wonton soup, you will be saying "holy crap batman, that was freaking delicious!" lol the only things I would not give 5 Stars for... is the crew could have more people that speak "fluent" english(but they tried to accommodate me as much as possible with the language barrier), another is I can't believe such an awesome hotel has no spa! I love getting a massage or facial when I travel, but at least I felt inspired enough to sing "beauty and the beast" REPEATEDLY.... "tale as old as time..." during my stay xD !!! The last complaints that they commercialize it too much with the cheesy asian decor in the front of the building, it really needs to be renovated... the air conditioners can be hidden in a more clever charming way... They're just out in the open. Needs new carpet. Some of the furniture looks old, you can have antique furniture without it looking old,(it's called the victorian era) just saying, the outside of the building air conditioners should be hidden in plain site maybe decorative painted wood around them(like the room dividers, just an idea). There are parts of the outside of the building near the roof that need renovation as they appear to be crumbling or peeling, but I know it must be difficult to keep it authentic when renovating. It is still very beautiful. Anyway, I am not complaining at all I just appreciate the beauty and magic of this place and feel passionate that it should be taken care of. I stay at fine hotels around the world and really enjoyed this place. Please hire a few professional masseuses and replace the carpet and pieces of furniture that are outdated. Otherwise, your place is one of a kind. SPECTACULAR! <3 <3 <3 I got to stay in a lovely castle...

The colonial history of this hotel is fascinating and the architecture is picturesque. The rooms are absolutely delightful and well maintained. The location was for us very convenient. The food is fresh and varied, well presented and suiting a range of tastes. The service was amazing - even though few of the staff spoke English they tried so hard to help. Well worth a stay.

Awesome location and a Fairy Land kind of Hotel, I'd say :) The structure takes you back to the era somewhere around 1947... Restaurent is great, services are nice. Full Marks to this hotel :) Going to stay for some days more here..

Stayed there for 2 nights in November, hotel is at a neighborhood I grew up 20+ years ago. The room is decent and modern, bathroom toiletries were high quality and had everything you needed. The deco of the hotel is mixed with elegant and charm. The hallway has old pictures and China display. Breakfast had a good variety, western and Chinese. Location is excellent, you can walk to shopping and restaurants.

I actually stayed at the Moller Villa Hotel around June 2015 when it was the rainy season in Shanghai, so there was an extra sense of romance on top of its aleady delicate atmosphere. People might worry that they'd be fooled by the promtional pictures of the hotel since they just could not look better. Castle-like architeture surrounded by the green field, with not many skyscrapers affecting the view of the hotel itself...well, the Moller Villa Hotel was indeed a magical place hidden in the city centre of a metropolitan like Shanghai. Upon arrival, I was quite impresse by the design of the architecture. With its small (but big enough) lobby, I could easily feel like I have arrived at a home away from home. Room was clean but old (hey, it is a castle), so do not expect much about the amenities and the facilities provided. The restaurant and the backyard was very impressive which takes you to a totally unreal environment. You just don't expect to find such a peaceful place in crowded are of Shanghai. All in all, a comfortable experience. Only drawback was they do not have unbrellas for lent under during the rainy season and there was no umbrella inside our room as well. It is also hard to request for a late check-out as they do not have much room inventories.

Ok, this is one of my favorite places in China (hotel wise). It's very well located, I walked almost everywhere from the hotel. The room was pretty extravagant, specially as a solo traveler, so no complains. Every afternoon a staff member would stop by to hand treats. The bathroom toiletries were high quality and everything else was on point. The restaurant from the hotel is a Japanese style, very cute. I don't know about the food quality, but the breakfast was very good. This hotel is the kind that anyone passing by in front stops to take a picture. Like a Disney castle in the middle of tall buildings on Shanghai. The only reason why it is not 5 stars is because of the smoke issue. The room was ok, but the one building I was (they have two) was not smoke-free in a level that it's hard to breathe in the lobby. Other than that it was a great stay. I also used their gym, which is average but the equipment is also high-quality. The hotel was pricy comparing to what it could be, but I did not think it was horribly expensive.

Go to Möller's villa and enjoy your lovely afternoon tea with a great atmosphere, calm and peaceful green garden and the old architecture in the middle of Shanghai, 10 min walk from Kerry Centre. Or even stay at their hotel. A great miniature castle!👍😘💕

The Moller Villa is as quirky outside as the pictures make it look, but the hotel inside is a good standard hotel with all mod cons, thanks to sympathetic but thorough renovation. Mr Moller is thought to have built this Bavarian castle version of a doll's house for his daughter, and it is a unique building in Shanghai. It has a charming garden and it's fascinating to be staying in this little piece of history. If you want to stay in the rooms that are closest to the original, you'll need to pick the more expensive rooms in building no. 1. The standard rooms in building no.2 are part of an extension and, while very nice, they are regular modern hotel rooms. I think these ones also overlook a school, if you are on the wrong side of the corridor -- and that explains some of the very negative reviews here, where people complain of being woken early. I was in one of those rooms, but it was July, and the school was closed, thank goodness! I also noted some negative reports about the breakfast, but that is hard for me to understand -- it's an extensive buffet, with both Chinese and Western options. I have to admit I wish a bit more of the original interior was left as it was.

An unbelievable Fairyland castle and gardens built in the 1920's for a little rich girl by her father now a boutique hotel. Impeccably restored to its original glory. It seems so out of place in this very modern city an escape. It is a historically protected property.

No 30 Shanxi Road South Shanghai Shanghai

Located in Jing'an within a mile (2 km) of Jing An Temple, Moller Villa Hotel Shanghai is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as People's Square. This 43-room, 4.5-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. It's in central Shanghai and also close to The Bund and Shanghai Museum.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


All 43 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, minibars, and free newspapers. Guests can enjoy satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and slippers. Free bottled water, safes, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Moller Villa Hotel Shanghai enjoy a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. There's limited parking, and an airport shuttle (available on request) for CNY 600 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and express check-in.

Room options

Executive Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 203 reviews