SHANGHAI, China – Savvy globetrotters have spoken. The luxury heritage hotel was voted their favourite in Shanghai, taking the Number One spot and beating over 2,891 other hotels to clinch TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 Award.
This first Waldorf-Astoria property in Asia (The Waldorf-Astoria Shanghai on the Bund) has consistently wowed global travelers since its official opening in April 2011, delivering timeless hospitality and the unsurpassed experience of elegant luxury. This most recent TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 Award joins other accolades for the hotel including making the Conde Naste Traveler UK Best Hotels Hot List 2012 and garnering the title of ‘One of the Finest Hotels in the World’ in the Forbes Travel Guide 2012.
One traveler’s review of the hotel on TripAdvisor praised it for being “a palace and an oasis of calm in the huge city that is Shanghai.” Other details that made for an unforgettable experience for TripAdvisor reviewers were the Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries, the breakfast feast of both Western and Chinese cuisine and the “best slippers and bathrobe ever.”
The Waldorf’s extensive pillow menu is also a favourite. Eight types of pillows on offer include specially designed ones for specific types of sleeper. Stomach sleepers can snuggle with the white goose down stomach pillow while those with delicate necks can opt for the two-chambered feather and down Slumber Core Pillow for neck support.
The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is located at Bund Number Two, in the grand building that was the most exclusive men’s club of the city’s golden years, the Shanghai Club. The white marble building in neo-classical style boasts a main marble-floored hall over 40 feet high. In that time, the upper floors of the building housed a card room, writing room, dining room and grand ballroom. And most famous of all was its Long Bar of unpolished mahogany, reputedly the longest in the world. Today, all the architectural details of the building have been restored and preserved in a grand monument to heritage.
Connected to it by a courtyard is the pristine new tower annex that represents the sophistication and verve of contemporary Shanghai. Almost half of the 260 rooms within offer panoramic views of the city skyline along the Huang Pu River. Grand Brasserie and Peacock Alley, housed within, are among the most sought after dining venues in town.
Together, the architectural landmark of the heritage building and the annex tower that comprise the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is an evocative metaphor for Shanghai, a city that embraces its rich history while boldly staking its claim in the present.