I travel extensively,mainly for work, and I have the pleasure of a wife and two children who accompany on many visits abroad. We have visited a number of Banyan Tree properties over the years but these have been beach resorts, something Banyan does very well. We were interested to see if they could transition from a beach resort to a city centre hotel and the answer is a resounding YES.
The hotel is a little away from the "action" on the Bund but a five minute cab drive (very cheap in China) and you are right in the middle of it. Any main location is within a 10 min cab drive for about 3 USD or £2!....
The one thing Banyan tree is good at are their rooms, these are no exception, brilliantly laid out and every room has a panoramic view of the river and the financial city beyond. You can just sit in the window and watch the city work. Staff were fantastic and the Asian service was excellent. Room service menu and restaurants were good and the small touch of soft drinks in the room mini bar was nice.
The down side of this hotel is it's location, however in three years time the city would have caught up with it and it then it will be perfectly placed.
The up side of this hotel is everything else......
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