Loved it! Loved it!! Loved it!!!
I stayed here for one night on 10 April 2012 and this hotel and the staffs were simply absolutely fabulous!!!!! This is easily one of the best hotel in the world.
I arrived around 2 pm and there is a drive-way from the main thoroughfare leading to the hotel entrance (I did my research so I know which way to take if not you will end up at the wrong entrance which is facing the bund). Upon entering the hotel ground, the security will call the reception to let them know that guest is arriving and in seconds when the taxi reached the reception door, bellboys were there waiting to welcome you and handle your luggages. I was asked how should I be addressed by the bellboy and escorted to the check-in counter with smiles. Check-in was a breeze and my request for late check-out at 6 pm was granted, with a complimentary room upgrade to stunning river view room.
I was then escorted by the fronk desk staff to my room, and after entering the room, he was standing outside seeking my permission to come in asking me "may I come in to your room?". It is nice to know that guests are treated to that extend of respect. The room is totally amazing. I shall let you look at the pictures I posted yourself as they are worth thousand words. Everything is marble marble marble, especially the bathroom and the walk in closet. The whole room just exudes regality and I assure you no details were spared with regards to the design and comfort of the room.
The room is of decent size (I wound't say it is big) but I am sure you will not complain. It comes with the standard amenities of modern day 5 star hotels such a flat screen plasma TV, Nespresso machine and etc. I love the complimentary bottle of cookies beside the coffee machine while enjoying your coffee (I do hope they change new ones for each arriving guest coz it will be dreadful to be sharing those from previous guests sticking their fingers all over) and the bedside console for controlling the curtains and adjusting the room lighting to your preference (they have got for jetlag, morning wake up and other settings).
Now the bathroom......oh YES the bathroom. Where should I start? The high tech TV built inside the mirror, the enormous bathtub with Ferragamo toiletries, automated toilet seat with multiple functions, large seperate shower cubicle and not to mention (again) swanky marble marble marble all over the bathroom (to the point it might be a bit overwhelming for others but I certainly love it!).
The bed is super comfy with the only competitor out there being St Regis's Heavenly Bed. The room comes with two types of bathrobe, one to keep you warm immediately after shower and the other I guess is for before bedtime. The only other hotel I have stayed that provides these level of luxury for bathrobe is Sofitel Metropole Hanoi. For hotel of this calibre I would have thought there would be some chocolates provided during turndown service (or was there?) I honestly can't remember as I was quite drunk after enjoying my evening at the unequivocally splendid The Long Bar in the hotel. Great atmosphere, ample choices of cocktails and fantastic staffs it's a must try although it could be quite difficult to get a seat due to it's popularity from non hotel guests.
The breakfast area is another stunning place to be in (which I also had dinner at). In both occasions the staffs were eager, enthusiastic and display high level of service standard. The dinner can be quite expensive but what do you expect if you choose to stay in hotel of this class? More importantly was the food was good and worth the money spent. My breakfast was included in the rate and it was the best breakfast experience I ever had in a hotel (I usually can't be bothered to wake up for breakfast).
The hotel itself is a restored 1861 Shanghai Club once home to the premier men's club for British residents in Shanghai. Membership was subjected to a strict hierarchy and only restricted to white males of a certain class. As I was walking along the extravagantly lit lobby from the Peacock Alley to the intricately designed iron gate leading out towards the bund, I can't help but travelled back in time to once where only the selected few walked the path.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex in phases are 260 well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym ,free WiFi and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely ours. ... more less
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