Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, China

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Shanghai ChinaIn 1910, the Shanghai Club opened as a British men’s club and went on to become one of the most exclusive clubs in Shanghai in the 1920s and 30s. After a few transformations, the building has been restored to its original splendor, and its luxurious mix of history, culture and 21st century sophistication is now known as the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.

The hotel’s 272 rooms and suites are split between two buildings — the Waldorf Astoria Club, which is one of the few heritage structures left in Shanghai, and the new 23-story Waldorf Astoria tower. The all-suite heritage building houses 20 luxuriously appointed suites, and the remaining accommodations are located in the tower, including the Noble Suite and the Presidential Suite. All are laden with the latest technology — from state-of-the-art, in-room entertainment and master control panels to Toto multifunctional Japanese toilets in the marble-finished bathrooms.

Chic guest accommodation at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund in China Marble in-suite bathroom at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund in China
Chic guest accommodation
Marble bathroom
There is certainly no shortage of dining options here, with five venues of varying styles. Pelham’s offers New York-style fine dining with French-influenced Modern American fare, while Wei Jing Ge (loosely translated to English as “blue sky view from the attic”) is located at the top floor of the heritage building and features flavorful dishes drawn from Shanghainese, Cantonese and Huai Yang cuisines. The Shanghai Club’s famous Long Bar (named for its 100+ feet of bar counter) has been recreated on the lobby level, bringing a sense of beauty and grandeur from the early 1910s. It’s a must-see, even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Peacock Alley and Grand Brasserie are the more casual eateries, with Afternoon Tea in the former and semi-buffet-style dining in the latter.

A confident and friendly staff welcomes you to this home away from home. Probably unlike your domicile, though, this one comes with an indoor swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness center, a pampering spa, a 24-hour library, a luxury boutique and a florist. Business travelers will be pleased to find a 24-hour business center, six boardrooms, complimentary wireless Internet in meeting and public areas and three ballrooms (including one with al fresco balconies and Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade as a backdrop).

Positioned on the Bund (the most photographed postcard scene of the city), the hotel is perfectly located for both business and pleasure. Within walking distance is Nanjing Road, a retail and commerce center, as well as museums, galleries and dining. At the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the city is right outside your front door just waiting to be explored.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
51 Guangdong Rd.
Shanghai, China
The Waldorf Astoria hosted a cocktail reception for us and provided a site inspection. This hotel is not a member of Virtuoso, although they have applied. While some of the members of our group were wowed by the hotel, I was not so impressed.

With a prime location at the south end of the Bund, you will be well-situated for a stay in Shanghai. Lead-in rooms are long and narrow (only about 12 feet wide). Very nice bathrooms, but I felt the styling throughout the hotel’s guest rooms and public areas was overdone – trying to hard to impress with lavish features (for instance, each room has a crystal chandelier, and there are extensive chandeliers in the public areas).

We also saw a suite in the older heritage section of the hotel – lavishly decorated, but the rooms felt crowded to me.

Stayed 7 nights there in Feb, 2011, and was very impressed with the hotel. Absolutely would stay again. There are 2 different towers to the hotel: the old one is all suites, and the new taller tower includes the pool area, spa, gym, and restaurants, guest room and suites too. To get to the floor you stay in, you have to scan your room key. The new tower just opened in Jan 2011.

I was in the new tower and upgraded to a river view room. The view of the bund is magnificent, kingsize bed, flat screen TV, blueray player, all marbled bathroom, even flatscreen with in the mirrow, fresh fruits and sweet treats everyday. Terrific internet service in the room and throughout the hotel (via wireless) that I came across.

The service at the hotel couldn’t have been better. All the staff very friendly and helpful. The hotel is next to the bund, and most major shopping attractions are within walking distance.

This was my 1st time staying at the shanghai Waldorf, before always stay at the Shanghai Hilton which is 20 min drive from the Bund. I would definitely stay at Waldorf next time visit to Shanghai.​

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