I've just had an incredibly fantastic stay of 5 days and 4 nights at the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund in Shanghai. My original booking was for two nights but I couldn't bring myself to leave, so I kept extending.
Everything about it was perfect: from the efficiently smooth Mercedes-Benz pick up at Pudong Airport and quick in-room check-in to the delectable complimentary breakfasts at the Grand Brasserie (where the lovely Tracy quickly learnt my favourite types of juices and had them coming as soon as I sat down); from the concierge arranging SIM-card top ups, first class fast train tickets and bookings at top notch restaurants to all my stresses and strains being blissfully massaged away at the world class sauna; from drinks at the famous Long Bar to French cuisine at Pelham's.
Not only is this hotel right smack in the historical Bund but it is part of history itself since, in a former incarnation, it was the "Shanghai Club", the principal men's club for British residents in Shanghai from the turn of the 19th century to the World War II era. Beautifully restored to its original magnificence this is now the front part of a hotel which also includes a thoroughly 21st century added tower and a specifically designed low-lying connecting extension.
Over and above the eye-catching beauy of the buildings, opulence of the rooms, and grandeur of the view, however, it is the friendliness, efficiency and personal care of all the staff which really impressed me the most and which will stay with me until I next visit the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex in phases are 260 well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym ,free WiFi and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely ours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On The Bund Hotel Shanghai