Hidden among the skyscrapers of Shanghai, you’ll find the Mansion Hotel, a handsome low-lying building in the city’s tony French Concession, near chic cafés and boutiques. Interiors harken back to the 1930s, when French architect Lafayette designed the Art Deco landmark for a notorious mob boss. Remington typewriters, antique telephones, and a 1910 Columbia gramophone pepper the lobby. Upstairs, however, the hotel’s 30 rooms have modern amenities—marble bathrooms; whirlpool tubs; plush, king-sized beds—that were added during a 2007 top-to-bottom renovation.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.