Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Shanghai and Eastern China

At a Glance

  • Wonderful blend of old meets new

  • Brilliant location on The Bund

  • Feels very luxurious but very accessible

  • Fantastic for families and couples alike

  • Beautiful and sympathetic design for both modern and historical styles

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Shanghai and eastern China’s subtropical climate brings with it four distinct seasons. The weather is generally mild and temperate, with a great deal of rainfall even in the drier months of the year. The frequent monsoon showers and scorching temperatures of June, July and August can make it uncomfortably humid, with the mercury regularly rising over 35°C. Winter is overcast and chilly, although snow seldom falls in this eastern region of China. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit Shanghai and eastern China, with pleasant temperatures and fewer tourists.

 

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For a unique stay choose the Club Wing where it feels like you have stepped back in time to colonial Shanghai.

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Description

Located in a prestigious location at Number 2 on The Bund, The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai encapsulates this vibrant city with a stunning mix of old meets new, modern and colonial, offering the best experience of Shanghai.

With a beautiful location on the Bund and a sympathetic design incorporating the original Shanghai Club and the addition of the modern purpose built wing, The Waldorf Astoria is the perfect Shanghai combination.

The guest rooms at Waldorf Astoria are separated into the Tower rooms which are in the modern wing and the Club rooms located on the historic side. The Tower rooms are wonderful and spacious, equipped with state of the art in room technology and expansive marble bathrooms with double vanities. Views are offered of the river below, which cuts through Shanghai, or the stunning historic district in which the hotel is located. The Club rooms are all suites in design and bring alive the old school glamour of Shanghai. The rooms are traditionally designed with timber panelling, wooden floors and traditional furniture.

There are three fantastic restaurants, two lounges and a brilliant bar in which to indulge and unwind. Serving an array of authentic Chinese and modern French cuisines, fine dining to light bites there is something to suit everyone. The Waldorf Astoria Spa takes its influence from both traditional Chinese medicine philosophies and modern contemporary techniques. Alongside the spa there is a 24-hour fitness centre, large indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna.

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Accommodation

Guests can choose to either stay in the Tower Wing or Club Wing depending on taste. The Tower Wing offers a more modern style with marble finished bathrooms and state of the art in room entertainment features. The decor is understated and elegant with clean lines and lovely oriental touches. The rooms in the Club Wing take their inspiration from the Colonial heritage of the historic building that they are housed in. The rooms are all suite in layout and the decor is very much old world glamour with timber cladding and sweeping linen drapes.

Childcare

Children are welcomed at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai and there are a number of connecting room options that work very well for families. Babysitting can be arranged and a number of family focused activities and excursions can be arranged by the concierge.

Facilities

There are three fantastic restaurants at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai. Pelham's, so named after Sir Warren Pelham the British Consul General who launched the Shanghai Club, is the hotel's signature fine dining restaurant serving mouth-watering French cuisine. Wei Jing Ge provides authentic regional cuisines, including Shanghainese, Cantonese and Huai Yang specialities complemented by a stunning design with traditional Chinese decor with an open rafter ceiling. The Grand Brassiere is very much in line with Waldorf Astoria's heritage with a distinctly New York feel where guests can enjoy a laid back dining experience throughout the day.

The Long Bar, Salon de Ville and Peacock Alley all provide fantastic places in which to relax and unwind whether this is over a perfectly crafted cocktail or indulgent afternoon tea.

The Waldorf Astoria Spa provides an oasis in the heart of the city, utilising both traditional Chinese medicine philosophies and modern spa therapies to provide an ideal balance. To relax further there is a heated indoor swimming pool, steam and sauna rooms and state of the art fitness centre.

Activities

From the Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai is at your finger tips with plenty on offer from colonial districts full of historical relics to modern and unique shopping districts. The residential butler and concierge team are on hand in order to tailor guests stay personally from arranging tailored shopping experiences to gaining tickets for local sporting events.

Reviews

5

Dominic Atterton (Staff)

Located right on The Bund the location of the Waldorf is perfect. The hotel is split into two sections a historic wing and a new tower with larger and more modern room. The whole hotel definitely has a heritage feel to it with lots of marble and gold plated fittings and chandeliers. Its really well done and harks back to the glamour of 1920s Shanghai. There is a great choice of rooms with the majority in the new wing but if you are looking for something special for ask about the historic suites in the original building which have been beautifully renovated. There are a number of restaurants and bars, my favourite was the Long Bar formally the Shanghai Club was opened in 1910 and is the perfect place for a pre dinner cocktail before heading out to one of the excellent restaurants in the area.

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Sophie Jones (Staff)

The Waldorf Astoria is an interesting mix of modern and contemporary on one side and colonial and unique on the other. For couples looking for a more intimate space I would definitely suggest the Club Wing as it is so atmospheric and the design that I personally prefer, however it doesn't come with the super slick modern comforts of the Tower Wing, located in the purpose built add-on hotel building. All of the facilities are also in the newer Tower Wing so that is something to consider as well when choosing your stay.

Experiences

  • Bund Walking Tour

    Stroll along the famous Bund, one of Shanghai's pride with architectures from the colonial history in the 1800s and enjoy a walking tour. Admire the grand buildings by Huangpu river, each of which tells a story of the history of Shanghai.

  • Evening Water Spirit Performance

    Enjoy the only water stage performance in China, with performances combining ethnic and modern styles over dances, waterfall curtains and 3D displays.

  • Fengjing Water Town

    We will visit the Fengjing water town with its tiny bridges, sparkling streams, and peaceful families. Afterwards, visit the Museum of the Culture Revolution.

  • Full Day Wuxi Exploration

    Today, we visit the Lingshan Buddha, Turtle Head Island at Taihu Lake and Jichang Garden.

  • Hangzhou Cuisine Museum

    Get acquainted with the tradition of Hangzhou cuisines, such as the Beggar's Chicken, Longjing Tea Shrimp, Dongpo Pork and more!

  • Helicopter Over Qiandao Lake

    Admire the magnificent Thousand Islets Lake from a bird's eye view as you soar with a view of the lake and surrounding mountains on a helicopter.

  • Hot Air Balloon Over Qiandao Lake

    Admire the magnificent Thousand Islets Lake from a bird's eye view as you soar with a view of the lake and surrounding mountains on a hot air balloon.

  • Huangpu River Night Cruise

    Enjoy a night cruise through Shanghai's prime attractions such as the Pearl Tower, the iconic Bund, Huangpu Park and more!

  • Inside Shanghai Old Town & Yu Garden

    Head to Shanghai's old town, an architectural treasure tucked away from the high rises and bright lights that Shanghai is so famous for. This visit will take you to the traditional part of the city, and to its lilongs, steeped in history.

  • Local Family Home Cooking and Yu Garden Visit

    Offering a chance to experience authentic local culture, this tour will take you from a bustling wet market to the home of a local family where you can learn to make dumplings before exploring the streets of the old town and the peaceful Yu Garden.

  • M50 Art District

    Explore the contemporary art scene of M50 with its boutiques, galleries and studios. Chat with local artists and discover the modern culture thriving inside the bustling Shanghai cityscape.

  • Museums, Jade Buddha Temple and M50

    Explore the cultural riches of Shanghai, both ancient and modern, as you travel through the city, from the artefacts of the Shanghai Museum to the religious heritage of the Jade Buddha Temple and on to the contemporary art scene of M50.

  • Old Shanghai Breakfast Tour

    Walking the streets of the old city, you’ll discover a culinary hotspot as a wealth of morning delicacies are crafted in front of you, from dumplings to noodles, potstickers to pancakes. Taste ten local dishes as you get a flavour for the neighbourhood.

  • Qiandao Lake Boat Tour

    Take a boat ride through Qiandao Lake. With more than 1,000 islands on its clear waters, explore some of the famous islands including Bird Island, Snake Island and Monkey Island.

  • Religious Sites of Shanghai

    Step into Shanghai’s rich cultural and religious melting pot as you explore its Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Taoist sites and uncover a diverse myriad of religions practised in this cultural crossroad.

  • Shanghai City Tour

    Explore the best of Shanghai visiting the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai Municipal History Museum. Proceed to the French Concession as well as a nice miniature museum showcasing the layout and interior of an early 1930s Shikumen house.

  • Shanghai Cultural Tour

    Explore People Square and its surroundings in the heart of Shanghai flanked by modern skyscrapers yet brimming with culture. Marvel at the rich collection of artefacts in Shanghai Museum. After a Dim Sum lunch, walk along the street in Yuyuan Bazaar.

  • Shanghai ERA Acrobatic Show

    Combining elements of Chinese acrobatics with modern technology, this multimillion-dollar acrobatic performance is an inspiring moment worth experiencing while you are in Shanghai!

  • Shanghai's Jewish Heritage

    Dive into the fascinating Jewish heritage of Shanghai, visiting the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto in Hongkou District, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue and the Children's Palace.

  • Shanghai's Religious Trail

    Step into Shanghai’s rich cultural and religious melting pot as you explore its Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Taoist sites and uncover a diverse myriad of religions practised in this cultural crossroad.

  • Suzhou Highlights

    Take a trip to Suzhou and visit the Humble Administrator's Garden and Pan Gate. Explore the huge collection of cultural relics in Suzhou Museum and learn about the silk history at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory.

  • Suzhou In-Depth: Second Time's a Charm

    Today, we visit two more of Suzhou's best gardens: the Master of the Nets and the Lingering Gardens. We then visit the Yunyan Pagoda and Penjing Garden (a bonsai garden) at the Tiger Hill and conclude with a cruise at Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal.

  • Tai Chi in Shanghai

    Get a glimpse into the ancient art of Tai Chi as you begin your day with a lesson from a master, and enjoy an hour of practice in one of the Shanghai’s parks, looking out over the city’s skyline.

  • Tai Chi in Shanghai

    Get a glimpse into the ancient art of Tai Chi as you begin your day with a lesson from a master, and enjoy an hour of practice in one of the Shanghai’s parks, looking out over the city’s skyline.

  • Tongli Water Town with Cruise

    Today, you will make a visit to the Tongli Ancient Town, stopping at Tuisi Garden, Jianyin Hall and ancient bridges. Afterwards, enjoy a cruise along the water town to take in its beauty.

  • Tunxi Old Street

    Stroll along the Tunxi Old Street and enjoy the Huizhou Culture. Surround yourself with the fragrance of tea and indulge in local snacks while admiring the beautiful Ming and Qing Dynasties architectures.

  • Vintage Bike Tour in Shanghai

    Leave behind the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai as you cycle through its ancient lanes to discover daily life and local culture in tucked away neighbourhoods. Dive into a bustling market, sample the local street food and dine at a Buddhist canteen.

  • Visit Shanghai old town & The Yu Garden

    Head to Shanghai's old town, an architectural treasure tucked away from the high rises and bright lights that Shanghai is so famous for. This visit will take you to the traditional part of the city, and to its lilongs, steeped in history.

  • Visit The Bund & The Nanjing Road

    Take a stroll along The Bund on the Huangpu River. Once Shanghai's financial centre, it boasts impressive colonial architecture, so strikingly different in comparison to Shanghai's towering skyscrapers behind. After, head west to the popular Nanjing Road.

  • Visit The Nanjing Road and People’s Square

    Spend time exploring Shanghai's bright lights along Nanjing Road, Shanghai's most famous shopping street. After a short stroll, you will head to the Huangpu District and visit People's Square, one of the most important landmarks within this vibrant city.

  • Visit to Zhujiajiao and Zhouzhuang

    Enjoy a visit to the traditional water villages of Shanghai. Head to Zhujiajiao and Zhouzhuang where you will see a former trading village that rose to glory as a result of the Grand Canal system which exported China’s goods overseas.

  • Westlake Boat Tour in Hangzhou

    Jump on board and sail on the Westlake! Visit Guo's Garden, a beautiful traditional garden, and Leifeng Pagoda. Head to the China National Tea Museum and dive into the long history and culture surrounding tea.

  • Xitang Water Town

    Enjoy a boat ride at the charming Xitang, with nine river and over 100 bridges running through different corners of the town.

  • Zhouzhuang Water Town

    Head to Zhouzhuang and visit the 900-year-old Taoist Chengxu Temple, as well as the famous Twin Bridges.

  • Zhujiajiao Water Town

    Enjoy a visit to the traditional water village of Zhujiajiao. Board a boat and then visit Kezhi Garden, Great Qing Post Office, Tong Tian He Chinese Pharmacy and the Humanistic Museum.

Holiday Ideas

  • A Week in Eastern China

    Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou

    from £2300 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights

    • Carefully curated hotel retreats to help you explore the finest of Eastern China in style
    • Walk through Suzhou's famous UNESCO-listed gardens and learn about the history of silk production
    • Let us whisk you away from the typical Hangzhou tourist trail into the hidden Guo's Villa and Maojiabu scenic area

Location & directions

Shanghai and Eastern China

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai boasts a prime location as Number 2 on The Bund in the heart of the city.

How to get there

45-minute drive from Shanghai Airport.

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