The Puli was recommended to me by a friend who has been living in Shanghai for the past four years and who knows most of the top end hotels in the city very well. He said the Puli was a cut above all the others - the only place to stay. I am glad we followed his advice - it was one of the best hotels I have stayed in and our stay was truly memorable. From the moment we arrived - shabby and dishevelled from many hours' travelling! - we were made to feel special and at home.
The hotel is lovely to look at - the fantastic long bar, spa and beautifully designed rooms. Its facilities (from the beds to the restaurant (where we had a delicious dinner and where breakfast is divine) to the spa) are all wonderfully luxurious. And its young enthusiastic staff are super helpful and friendly.
So many luxury hotels can be unnecessarily stuffy or stiff - with the result that they are not as relaxing as they should be. The Puli is in no way stuffy: it is all about sophisticated but friendly comfort and relaxation - it truly is an urban retreat, an oasis of cool, comfortable relaxation. I am quite sure we wouldn't have had the time we had in Shanghai had we been staying somewhere else.
We returned for our second stay after a few days away in Beijing, arriving at the hotel early in the morning (to leave our bags before checking in later). We said we would come back to check in at lunchtime but the receptionist, seeing that we were tired and in need of some rest, immediately offered us an early check in and also a free upgrade, without us even having asked. That kind of genuine thoughtfulness makes such a difference.
So thank you to everyone at the Puli who gave us such a wonderful stay! We will certainly be back next time we are in Shanghai!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With handcrafted luxury at the core of its service philosophy, The PuLi guest experience marks a departure from the expected generic style of luxury usually associated with conventional collections of foremost hotels. The result is a distinctively unique, new spatial and guest experience, to heighten discovery and bring delight to the senses. The PuLi, with 26 floors, 193 rooms and 36 suites will offer 24-hour in-room dining as well as 24-hour concierge, laundry and valet services. The hotel's signature 120-seat restaurant located on level 2, also boasts impressive views across the park. A 32-metre Long Bar will offer one of Shanghai's "longest" wine and champagne selections by the glass. The bar and lounge will create a chameleon-like atmosphere as the space transforms in character and mood through the day. A superbly equipped state of the art gymnasium, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi pool, 25-metre lap infinity pool as well as the first Anantara spa in Shanghai operated by the award-winning spa group, is available to all guests on level 3. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Puli Hotel Shanghai