8 best Shenzhen hotels for a weekend staycation: urban gems St. Regis and Muji Hotel, and beach retreats InterContinental Dameisha and Marriott Golden Bay are

Besides cheaper costs just across the Shenzhen River, the city’s rapid urbanisation saw plenty of new buildings sprout up over the past 30 years, including many hotels and resorts. Shenzhen also comes alive every night with a bustling and vibrant atmosphere, and offers easy access from any location in Hong Kong through its six ports of entry. Fun fact: it’s stacked up more billionaires than any US city.
Dior’s autumn/winter 2023 ready-to-wear show was showcased in Shenzhen, China, in July 2022. Photo: Reuters

The fashion world has taken note, too. Renowned international luxury brands such as Dior and Chanel have acknowledged the vibrant energy and potential of Shenzhen, selecting the city as the stage for their fashion events. On July 12, Dior showcased its autumn/winter 2023 ready-to-wear show at the Sea World Culture and Arts Centre, while Chanel’s upcoming cruise 2024 fashion show is scheduled to take place there this November.

Whether you’re on a business trip looking for a brief moment of “bleisure” or planning a weekend getaway, Shenzhen provides a convenient and diverse range of destinations to explore.

Let’s take a look at eight of our favourite hotels and resorts across the city, which is only a short train ride away from Hong Kong.

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1. St. Regis Shenzhen

St. Regis Shenzhen is situated on the upper floors of the KK100 building. Photo: St. Regis

Situated between the 75th to 100th floors of the iconic KK100 building, the prestigious St. Regis Shenzhen commands a captivating position within the city’s skyline.

For those seeking high-end shopping, KK Mall is a quick lift ride away so that you can indulge in retail therapy just moments away from your hotel room.

Unwind with a good book and drink at St. Regis Shenzhen. Photo: St. Regis

The Library beckons with its serene ambience when it’s time to unwind. Lose yourself in its collection of novels and documentaries while enjoying a drink. It’s a haven where you can escape the outside world and find solace in the pages of a good book.

2. InterContinental Shenzhen Dameisha Resort

InterContinental Shenzhen Dameisha Resort offers a luxurious setting overlooking the South China Sea. Photo: Xiaohongshu

The InterContinental Shenzhen Dameisha Resort is a luxurious beachfront retreat in the picturesque Dameisha Beach area. With stunning views of the South China Sea, it offers a truly tranquil experience for guests.

It might be hard to believe that this is Shenzhen. Photo: InterContinental Shenzhen Dameisha Resort

The resort boasts exceptional service, elegant accommodation and great amenities – everything you would expect from an InterContinental property. Many rooms feature private balconies or terraces with breathtaking ocean views, too.

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Guests can enjoy direct access to the pristine Dameisha Beach or relax at the infinity pool overlooking the sea. If you think the hotel looks as though it’s in the Maldives or Phuket, that would be an easy mistake to make.

3. Andaz Shenzhen Bay

Andaz Shenzhen Bay features decor that is reminiscent of a bygone time. Photo: Xiaohongshu

Nestled in Shenzhen’s vibrant Nanshan District, Andaz Shenzhen Bay is the brainchild of esteemed New York-based Taiwanese designer Tony Chi, who has decked the hotel out in Nanyang-inspired decor featuring elegant wooden blinds and luxurious marble accents.

Dining options include Mayflower, which offers a modern twist on traditional Chinese flavours, while East Room redefines Cantonese cuisine with innovative flair. Experience the vibrant social atmosphere of Bar1919 or a serene afternoon tea at the open-air teahouse Veranda.

Andaz Shenzhen Bay is making a mark in the hospitality industry. Photo: Xiaohongshu

The spa at Andaz Shenzhen Bay is a haven for those looking to destress. Before indulging in the treatments, the hot tub beckons, which is sure to melt away any lingering worries.

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4. Raffles Shenzhen Residences

Walk-in bathtubs with grand views at Raffles Shenzhen Residences. Photo: Raffles Shenzhen Residences

Perched within the striking skyscraper of One Shenzhen Bay, Raffles Shenzhen Residences offer breathtaking views. The elegant rooms and dining venues showcase panoramic vistas of Shenzhen Bay and the Hong Kong skyline. Natural light fills the meticulously designed interiors.

Certain residences feature walk-in bathtubs, allowing residents to indulge in bubble baths while admiring the sunset through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Guests can enjoy a Singapore Sling at Long Bar. Photo: Raffles Shenzhen Residences

The Long Bar on the 71st floor is the perfect place to unwind with even more excellent views while Cantonese restaurant Yun Jing received the prestigious Black Pearl One Diamond award not only once, but thrice.

5. Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Golden Bay

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Golden Bay is close to many attractions. Photo: Xiaohongshu

The hotel is located in Jinsha Bay, one of China’s most stunning bays. It is also close to attractions like Citic Sands Bay Water World, Guanyin Mountain and Jinsha Bay Seaside Park.

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Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Golden Bay is ideal for families travelling with young children. Photo: Xiaohongshu

With 325 spacious rooms and suites, it’s an ideal destination for families of all sizes as it also offers an array of activities sure to delight young guests, including a mini train, mini golf course, playground, small zoo and artificial sandpit.

The modern interior design is inspired by the intangible cultural heritage of Dapeng ancient city nearby, harmoniously blending with Shenzhen’s fishing culture.

6. Bay Breeze Resort

Shenzhen Bay Breeze Resort is great for those looking for privacy and seclusion. Photo: Shenzhen Bay Breeze Resort

Shenzhen Bay Breeze Resort is a prestigious destination located on Binhai Boulevard, offering guests a tranquil and scenic retreat.

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Designed by renowned Singaporean designer Xu Xiaoxi, the hotel features 24 Southeast Asian-style waterfront suites that blend spacious private areas with communal open spaces. Note that finding a room with pool access in the city centre is a rarity.

Shenzhen Bay Breeze Resort features waterfront suites with pool access. Photo: Shenzhen Bay Breeze Resort

The hotel’s prime location allows guests to explore surrounding attractions such as OCT Harbour and Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve too.

Book yourself in if you’re looking for a serene and secluded getaway.

7. Muji Hotel

Muji Hotel Shenzhen is located in Upperhills, Futian. Photo: Muji Hotel Shenzhen

Muji Hotel Shenzhen is nestled within the vibrant Upperhills, Futian, with 79 rooms on the fourth to sixth floors. The hotel repurposed pillars and walls from historic homes for its design, while moody lighting and carefully selected mattresses ensure guests enjoy a deeply restful sleep.

Muji Hotel Shenzhen features typical Muji design with lots of wood and warm palettes. Photo: Xiaohongshu

Muji Diner offers meals inspired by global home cooking, while Muji Books provides a selection of tomes from around the world. The adjacent flagship Muji Store spans 18,5600 sq ft, selling travel essentials, furniture, clothing and more.

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8. Shenzhen Blue and White Shengdao Cliff Pool Beauty Hotel

Shenzhen Blue and White Shengdao Cliff Pool Beauty Hotel looks like a resort in Greece. Photo: Xiaohongshu

The Shenzhen Blue and White Shengdao Cliff Pool Beauty Hotel opened its doors earlier this year on the Nan’ao Dapeng Peninsula. This popular Instagram-worthy guest house draws inspiration from Santorini’s cave hotels, with a blue and white colour scheme that creates a romantic Mediterranean ambience.

Netizens call the resort Shenzhen’s Little Greece, with its caves and blue and white colour scheme. Photo: Xiaohongshu

The hotel also boasts a convenient location near a beautiful beach and a seaside promenade, making it easy for guests to leave behind the city’s hustle and bustle – and pretend they’re in Greece.