Booked a five night stay at St Regis Shanghai using 10,000 Starpoints per night, the fifth night is free! At first, I was hesistent to stay here, as it is in Pudong and others made it sound like it was in Timbuktu. This is not the case, Pudong is across the river from the Puxi side, but the hotel is about a 10 minute walk to subway station, that can get you almost anywhere in Shanghai. Across the street is Holiday Inn, a few blocks away is the Courtyard Marriott and closeby, in the World Finance Center is the upscale, Park Hyatt. The taxi ride from Hongqiao airport was only 92 RMB plus tip. Going to Pudong Airport, count on taxi to be 150 RMB plus tip.
The hotel is very nice, but having just come from the St Regis Beijing, I don't think it compares. As a Platinum member, I contacted the hotel prior to arrival and was upgraded to Grand Luxe, one bedroom suite. Please note: not sure what items in my review are for the Platinum members only. Living area with flat panel TV, desk with famous Aeron chair, fax machine, minibar, large closet, fresh flowers and daily fruit and 24 hour butler service (two free pressings). Bottled water is provided daily at no charge as is in room internet access. There is also a hot pot in the room.
The bathroom was large with TV in the wall, rainwater shower, separate bath (with bath salts), but I was disappointed at the absence of Remede toiletries, like they had at St Regis Beijing. They no longer have the Ladies Floor as they mention on their website, but after much conversation, I did get the Bvlgari lotion and soap with a nice box of chocolates, which they sold in the restaurant. Robe and slippers are provided.
The bedroom is nice, no closet ( just an armoire, closet with safe is in living area with suitcase platform) and has comfy bed, good reading light, Bose Wave radio and CD, and flat panel TV. If you want a DVD player in the room, there is a fee, unlike St Regis Beijing. I guess they waive the fee since I requested DVD player in my room prior to arrival. But there were issues with the TV and DVD player and they had to change out the whole set up! Electrical adapters and umbrella are available.
The Executive Lounge on the 40th floor is a great amenity! Platinum members receive breakfast, consisting of pastries, toast, salad, meat/cheese/bread, made to order eggs, bacon, hot dishes, yogurt, juice, coffee, cereal, fresh fruit, it's a wonderful way to start the day! Drinks and cookies are provided in the lounge all day long and from 5:30 - 7 pm, the Happy Hour appetizers were plentiful. There is a conference room on the mezzanine and a free computer ( for me, this was a huge plus!).
Since I was eating out and in the Executive Lounge, I did not go to any of the hotel restaurants. I did wander through the Saints International Restaurant, off the lobby, and the buffet was not as nice as the St Regis Beijing.
There is a gift store on the first floor, outside is the ATM adjacent. There is a nice indoor pool/whirlpool, locker room with steam room and sauna, fitness center with pool tables. On floor 6 is the spa. Just down the street, is the Jade Garden restaurant, which is very popular with the locals and is true Shanghainese food. This is a chain with many restaurants in Shanghai ( a local took me to the one across from JW Marriott in Puxi).
The World Expo was easy to get to, once I figured out how to get there on the subway! Definitely avoid going on the weekend and Wednesday is the least crowded day. I went late morning and there was not one person in line to get in! Also, I recommend going to Xintiandi area, where there are alot of nice restaurants, shops, bars. I went to T8 and had a fabulous ( but expensive) meal. Also, loved The Peninsula Hotel spa on the Bund. They don't advertise the "Spa Cation" package, but I highly recommend you spend the day there pampering yourself in this new luxurious hotel. The Shanghai Museum is free and definitely worth a trip. Getting around on the subway, 3 to 4 RMB one way, is very easy and taxis are inexpensive.
Overall, I think the hotel is good, but when I think of St Regis, it means pure luxury, like what you would find at Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental or Peninsula. St Regis Shanghai is not in this class, if that's what you are expecting. I would highly recommend The Peninsula Hotel, if your budget allows.
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