Ever wondered how Royalty felt?
Come to Mandarin Oriental in Shanghai and you won't have to wonder anymore...
From check-in to check-out, every single staff member made it their personal business to ensure my comfort and relaxation. Everything from the check in, to the suite, to the spa, and to the bars and restaurants, was perfectly streamlined and flowed so smoothly it seemed as if it had been rehearsed. There were art figures and creative architectural shapes around each corner and the whole place seemed to be lightly scented with essential oils. It truly was a sensorium of bliss.
The room was comfortable and very large, with a sitting room, a main bedroom, and a very large bathroom with a large shower/bathtub room on one end, the mirror/vanity section in the middle, and the toilet in separate room on the other end. All of the blinds and lights could be controlled from a remote control on the wall, instantly changing the aura of the room from "daytime" and "night time" light settings, or revealing the breathtaking city and river view by pulling back the blinds. I especially loved large "party bathtub" that could easily fit 2 or more people and had a personal TV facing the tub. I also very much appreciated the warm welcome note with instructions to the room that awaited me as soon as I walked in.
The CHECK-IN/BUSINESS LOUNGE
For certain VIP and extremely lucky individuals, the tasty treats and libations of the Check-In/Business Lounge are available free of cost. The food was of top restaurant quality including but not limited to sushi, French cheeses, Spanish meats and olives, Indian style curry vegetables, Chinese baozi and porridge, an assortment of finger sandwiches, and a large selection of tarts and cakes for deserts. Happy hour was from 6-8pm and included every kind of Spirit, wine, and/or liquor you could imagine. I would start with a mimosa for breakfast, a glass of Riesling during lunch, and a Gin and Tonic to drink during dinner.
One of my favorite parts of the Mandarin Oriental was the Spa and pool lounge. The Spa had its own check-in lobby with a spa shop and its own display of fountains and art sculptures. When you enter the spa you are greeted with attentive staff that assist you to the lockers where you can change into a comfortable King-style robe. The Spa had both a steam room and a dry sauna with iced face towels to rub over your body awaiting you outside the sauna. The Spa also had an assortment of showers as well as the magnificent Rainshower that offered the traditional rainshower with scented scope, a cold mist setting, and side spouts that offered its own water massage. This water massage concept also appeared in the hot tubs next to the pools, as a number of fountains could be turned on and used to massage your neck and back while in the tub. The pool was long and shallow, perfect for swimming laps, and had a very luxurious lounge area with bed-like sofa couches and an assortment of magazines available for its guests.
All in all it was a spectacular experience. I loved escaping the noise and pollution of the city, into a separate world of luxury and bliss. You could very well spend the entire vacation at the Mandarin Oriental and ignore the surrounding city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the east bank of the Huangpu River, amidst the dramatic skyline of the Lujiazui financial district, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai redefines luxury waterfront living in Shanghai. With an unrivaled location, legendary service and world-class facilities, the 362-room hotel and 210 fully serviced executive apartments are poised to become Shanghai's most desirable address. The hotel features 318 spacious guestrooms and 44 suites and is also home to the largest and most expensive Presidential Suite in Shanghai, spanning 788 square metres with a sky garden terrace and magnificent river views. The 210 luxury furnished apartments - from studio to three bedrooms - are Shanghai's only fully serviced riverside residences, and are designed to offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Chef Richard Ekkebus of the two-Michelin starred Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, will preside at the hotel's Fifty 8° Grill, and Shanghainese celebrity chef Tony Lu will be at the helm of Chinese restaurant Yong Yi Ting. All-day kitchen Zest, Qi Bar, Riviera Lobby Lounge and The Mandarin Cake Shop complete the essential dining options for business and leisure. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai offers guests Mandarin Oriental's renowned signature therapies and advanced beauty and holistic wellness treatments within a soothing Zen oasis. Additional recreational facilities at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai include a fully equipped Fitness & Wellness Centre with a Kinesis wall and Maya Fit virtual trainers; a 25-metre indoor swimming pool; and a thermal bathing facility. The hotel is also perfectly placed for exclusive meetings and conferences in Shanghai. A selection of multi-functional event spaces includes a Grand Ballroom hosting 500 guests, an Oriental Ballroom for 250 guests, plus eight versatile meeting rooms. ... more less
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