We spent two nights recently at the Kempinski during a very heavy rainstorm. Because we had been traveling for some time, we decided to just have dinner in and enjoy the hotel. We found our room to be one of the best - very large, immaculately clean and well appointed. Our view of the river was lovely, and would be spectacular in better weather. The pool and spa area are delightful and spotless as well.
Our check in and check out procedure went smoothly, and we found the staff to be efficient and eager to assist, even if English was a challenge for them. A delightful young Frenchman on staff was able to assist us, and we were greeted by him with a wave any time we passed through the lobby.
We did not have breakfast included with our room, which was probably a mistake, as there were not suitable restaurants in the immediate vicinity for breakfast. The second morning, we did find a great new coffee shop serving terrific pastries and coffee called Cafe Lugo....just down the stairs as you cross over the pedestrian bridge approaching the Mall.
Directly behind the hotel is a very quiet and beautiful road/walkway that runs along the Bund for some distance. There are several great looking seafood and Italian restaurants for dinner within a few metres of the hotel along this road.
All in all, we felt the Kempinski was a wonderful hotel at a very reasonable price and we would happily stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai is centrally located in the Lujiazui financial and trade section of the prestigious Pudong district and offers sweeping views of the Huangpu River and the Shanghai skyline. Within walking distance to the Oriental Pearl Tower and only a short drive away from the Jinmao Tower, The Bund, and other well-known landmarks of Shanghai. The Pudong and Hongqiao airports can also be reached within 45 minutes. The Hotel’s design combines contemporary and Oriental features, where guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Mediterranean, Spanish and an international buffet at Elements. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Melia Shanghai Hotel Shanghai