After I booked a room in Shanghai Novotel Atlantis, the confirmation message said "According to Shanghai's anti-smoking regulations, smoking is not allowed in the property's indoor areas". Searching for information, the ban introduced in March 2017 is quite strict and doesn't seem to allow smoking rooms in hotels at all. Since I am traveling with a smoker and selected a smoking room at Booking, it was an unpleasant surprise. I also saw a review saying there are no smoking rooms from this month which I missed the first time around.
If outdoors smoking is only allowed in a dedicated area, how hard is it to find such an area? Is the ban actually getting enforced? (There was a weaker ban before and according to Any area or district in Shanghai that you can avoid smokers? and my other reading it wasn't.)