A crowd-pleasing Shanghai hotel on the Puxi side of the river. Families will appreciate the large sunny rooms, indoor swimming pool and stress-free access to some of Shanghai’s most interesting parks and museums, while business-types should find everything they need in the well-oiled Executive Club.
On the quieter edges of Jing An, on the Puxi side of the river, but with fashionable little shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance. The Nanjing West Road subway station sits directly across the road, with services reaching the new National History Museum (its dinosaur display is a must for big and little kids alike), People’s Square and the airport with ease.
Style & character
This high-rise hotel feels light and bright, with buttery yellow walls in the lobby, high-backed velvet sofas, contemporary chandeliers and Chinese artworks – all very regal. With a good mix of international, business and leisure guests, the atmosphere remains relaxed and welcoming.
Service & facilities
The hotel may have been around for years but the staff still exude a fresh and friendly demeanour. There is a well-equipped gym, large indoor swimming pool, steam rooms and saunas. But where the hotel really excels is with the range of Shanghai experiences it offers, including a wonderful photography tour of nearby Zhang Garden, part of the Former British Concession, once known as Arcadia. The 37th floor executive club offers a rather uninspired selection of snacks but, on the plus side, you can quaff free alcohol all day.
The atmospheric Qin Spa is a real highlight. An extensive range of massages, scrubs, wraps and facials are available but with the mini Forbidden City setting – lashings of black lacquer, circular doorways, grey sandstone and flickering candlelight – you should really opt for one of the deep-reaching Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
The 439 rooms are still in the process of being refurbished. If you land in one of the old rooms, you’ll find a bland ensemble of greige and green with old-fashioned mahogany furniture. The modernised rooms are an improvement but don’t quite work either, clashing contemporary striped carpeting and tripod lamps with the same dull sofas and outdated bathrooms – a far cry for the stylish surrounds one expects from the Four Seasons.
That said, the fluffy bathrobes, marshmallow-like beds and L’occitane amenities make the grade so if you can look past the yawn-inducing design you will be comfortable.
Food & drink
Among the six bars and restaurants are Steak House which serves cobb salads, Wagyu beef and chunks of American cheesecake, and the businesslike Chinese restaurant Si Ji Xuan. Breakfast is superb, covering everything from xialongbao dumplings to cold cuts to blueberry pancakes and freshly-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices.
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