Hotel Massenet is a recent redevelopment of a collection of 1920's colonial mansions into a staggeringly luxurious hotel. Each of the 14 villas -- some with gardens, some with more suites, all with private garages and butlers -- rent as a single unit, for somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000rmb per night. The charm, privacy, and exclusivity are undeniable; the dining public can peek by booking into the open-to-all French restaurant, Au Jardin Massenet, housed in its own villa.
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