I stayed in Waldorf Astoria in August 2011. It was the most unforgettable stay ever. We were completely fascinated by the dedication and elegance, by the perfect combination of legacy and modernity, and by the service there. Waldorf Astoria is a hotel with style. I said so is because my first visit to W&A was to attend a gala dinner here. It was in someday in June, and it rained heavily that day. The moment I was trying to walked into the hotel from the gate of the old wing, I felt a moment of hesitation, because I was wearing a long evening gown and on really high heels. It was raining so heavily that my long gown got all wet but there was a few marble stairs to go down in front of me. For a girl on high heels in a rainy day, the stairs without railings was just like a steep mountain to go down. The concierge colleagues were welcoming the guests at the door. On one hand I was curious whether they would notice my problem and lent me a hand since there were really a lot of guests there that day, on the other hand, I figured it would be a bit awkward if they really stretched out our hand. Then I would have to lifted my dress, hold my purse and hold their hands at the same time. Out my expectation, a concierge colleagues just lent me the crook of his arm with the most gentleman gesture. All my worries were gone in a minute. This might sound like a tiny little thing, but it really helped me up. So I made up my mind, I would definitely come back again. So here we were. This time we stayed in the new building, and the room was really fancy. The welcoming chocolate was a sweet memory. The grey and white marbled bathroom gave a thorough relaxation after a tiring day and waked you up. The breakfast was probably the best I’ve tasted ever. And I’d love to struggle myself up for it every morning no matter how late I stayed up the night before, haha. Spending a lovely teatime here is more than enjoyable. I believe, have a drink here will be splendid as well. According to a well-noted magazine’s coverage, the hotel is more than willingly to serve you with another snack for free even if you only ordered a glass of water. And, of course, the snack is really something. I always believe that excellent details make a perfect hotel. Waldorf Astoria is a place that never lets you down. P.S.: If you are old-fashioned, or interested in history, I highly recommend you stay in the old wing. It might cost you more, but you find it totally worth it. The hotel itself is a living legacy.
Indigo On the Bund
Every June, I go to Shanghai for business, and Every time I stay in Indigo On the Bund. If you want to a luxurious hotel, Indigo may not be your first choice. But if you want a unique one, you must stay here. Indigo integrates the west and the east, the old shanghai and the modernity. It feels like in a time machine travelling back to the old shanghai in 1930s in the guest room, but the public space and social life here is definitely in the most frontier of today. I enjoy the view from the room, the bathtub facing the Yangzi river, the old-Shanghai decoration, the delicious breakfast (In the Quay, they serve cool dishes, and you can choose from the hot sets, like Japanese style, Shanghai style, American …), the convenience of in-the-state-of-art technology (such as the Bose iPod player in the room, the fast wi-fi connection for free, the iPad at the front desk…), and the art pieces exhibitioning in the lobby. The staffs are really speedy and helpful. But I have to say, the bed here is always hard for me and the pillows are too high so I never really used them. The cloak room’s sense-switching lamp is not that convenient. Sometimes it just all blacked out because the switch didn’t sense me, and it was somehow pretty scary at night. I never felt strong enough to squeeze the shampoo or conditioner out of bottle. Despite of these, Indigo is still a lovely hotel to stay with, no matter you are a traveler from abroad who wants a peak of the old Shanghai, or interested in nightlife and bars, because the bund and the bars in walking distance, and the modern shanghai in right outside your window.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Indigo’s first property in Asia Pacific opened its doors in December 2010. Sitting directly on the Huangpu riverfront, Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund assures not only spectacular views of both the historic Bund and dramatic Pudong skylines, but an upscale boutique hotel experience where the focus is on inspired service, fresh and vibrant design reflecting the local neighbourhood, and providing guests with an authentic taste of today’s Shanghai, where old and new converge. Featuring 184 rooms, including 23 suites, each individually designed room at Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund provides all of the creature comforts expected from an upscale boutique property, but they are anything but ordinary. Maximizing the spectacular views and combining traditional and modern Chinese design and bespoke pieces, each room provides an intimate haven and unexpected details – be it the walk in “shell shower” featured in a number of guest bathrooms, the oversized wet room with spectacular views, the reclaimed Shikumen brick feature wall or the hidden refreshment bar with individually designed tea sets. All Guests can enjoy the bund view at the public areas. Attention： The Shanghai Regulations on Smoking Control in Public Places took effect on March 1, 2017. Hotel can’t offer smoking room and smoking has been banned in indoor place. ... more less
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