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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 center, 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 specialties 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 center.

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 favorite 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

  • 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 neighborhoods. 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 center, 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.

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.

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