This was the first time I had stayed in a boutique styled type of hotel. I stayed in this hotel for two nights in April 2013 on a business trip.
Andaz is the boutique entry from Hyatt. The most unique thing was the reception area - no longer a counter separating you and the front-desk people. Instead the reception area is a combination of some work islands with computers and snack area. When you check in, you can graze the various snacks and drinks they have placed in adjacent islands.
The room itself is very trendy. Red-accented cloth headboard dominants the room along with large windows showing the XinTianDi outdoor mall across the street. One gimmick is the control of the color of the room lighting. The electronic controls include a "moonlight" where a large overhead light box can be kept on while you sleep and that can change colors. The electronic controls has three different mood lighting settings for the room. The cabinetry and floors have a striped wood finish. As usual for east asia - nice robe and slippers in the room. Safe in the closet. There is a round glass table by the windows, I would have prefered a rectangular work table.
That color control continues in the granite and glass bathroom. Natural rock on the walls and floor. Transparent glass vanity for which you can control the lighted color. Similarly, a large soaking tube with again color control for the lighting. In front of the tube is the shower area with a large overhead rain shower-head. Rounding out this luxious bathroom is a Japanese heated and spritzing Toto toilet.
While the visuals of the room are very impressive, there were some maintenance problems that had to be fixed in my room. The thermostat wasn't working and I was catching a cold from the low temperature at night. Also, the drain on the vanity was clogging up. After I called, they did send a service person who fixed both issues. For the temperature, he wired up the thermostat so my room was warmer, though I still couldn't modify the temperature myself.
The ground floor does have a major design flaw. Their restaurant in which they serve breakfast is too small with not enough seating for the breakfast crowd. For their overflow crowd, they seat them in the lobby sofas. But even this overflow area doesn't have enough seats. For both days I was there, it was a competition in finding an empty seat in which to have breakfast. The breakfast buffet was average in size and quality. Besides breakfast, I didn't eat in the hotel - instead there's a myriad of restaurants in XinTianDi and adjacent malls.
The hotel seems to be situated in the most expensive area of Shanghai. Behind the hotel is the XinTianDi outdoor mall with fancy stores and restaurants. In front of the hotel are the giant first-world luxury stores such as Cartier and Tiffany. Not very Chinese, but very ex-pat. If you are the type that jets around the world buying expensive jewelry, this neighborhood is for you.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Booking.com, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Travel Republic (UK), Expedia, Ctrip TA, Odigeo and Agoda so you can book your Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.