Stayed one night in mid-Febraury 2012. First impression was that the hotel is a bit empty as the G/F cafe in the middle of the lobby was deserted. Service was good but something should be done to make the whole place more lively.
Room was nice and hip with great view of Xintendi but felt a bit basic and not as plush as other hotels of similar quality. Slowly, the thoughtful details came through such as the bathroom under-floor heating, nicely designed walk-in shower, electric curtains ...etc. I am not convinced that the mood lighting is a must but is a fun element to have.
Overall, nice property with a confused identity. For business travellers, the lobby layout is not ideal with a sunken cafe/bar right in the middle of the lobby and island check in counters. I checked in next to another hotel guest and it felt strange to have 2 guests & 2 hotel staff surrounding a check in counter, I do feel that the traditional layout of having a long counter with guests on one side offers more privacy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first Andaz in Asia is located in Xintiandi—a landmark entertainment area in the heart of downtown Shanghai, internationally acclaimed for its restored Shikumen architecture housing stylish restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is a short walk to the Metro and the prestigious Huai Hai Zhong Road, one of Shanghai’s premier shopping areas. The newly constructed 28-storey hotel features 307 spacious guest rooms measuring 41 square metres, including 47 premium rooms and suites ranging from 80–740 square metres, all with vibrant views over Shanghai and impressive LED lighting where guests can customise the colour to suit their mood. As in all Andaz hotels, non-alcoholic minibar drinks and snacks, local telephone calls and wireless internet access are complimentary. ... more less
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