We stayed at the Puli for six nights when visiting our son who has just moved to Shanghai. One of his business partners had recommended the Puli and we were not disappointed.
It's uber modern with a zen like feel: the long lobby/bar area is full of very cool people having business meetings. However, despite being older and definitely not cool/trendy we were still made to feel very welcome! Our room had a real wow factor despite having a view over the elevated freeway and the building site opposite (we had requested a park view but we were staying in one of the cheaper rooms so did not expect one). The rooms have every amenity imaginable (the club floors even get a local mobile phone to use with free local calls), including great nespresso coffee machine, premium teas, all kinds of computer cables to hook up various electronic bits of kit, a desk drawer full of all sorts of office needs, etc. There was also a torch, which was needed when trying to stumble around the room in the middle of the night without waking my husband. The blackout blinds and venetians (electronically operated) are the most efficient I have come across. The bed was really comfortable with crisp premium cotton sheets changed daily and lovely pillows. The bathroom amenities were top quality too and there was a great sunken bath overlooking the freeway(!) as well as a walk in rainhead shower which was divine.
Breakfast was served in the main restaurant and I loved the European choices as well as the buffet which was very varied. There is also an oriental menu which I didn't try. The waiting staff were delightful and we had the same waiter every day who always greeted us warmly. The views over Jing'an park were delightful.
The pool and spa offer the same breathtaking views (equally great by day and night when the sky is filled with neon). The pool has a real 'wow' factor, being a long lap pool, which whenever I went was completely deserted. I didn't try any of the treatments so can't vouch for those but the spa and jacuzzi area were great with a sauna and steam room as well as a large jacuzzi. It was all well maintained, though I did notice that a light bulb needed changing the whole time I was there, and the first two days the steam room was not operational.
It's quite pricey but we got a good deal from the hotel web site: three nights for the price of two which seems to run throughout the year. There are other deals on offer too. We also seem to have got a good general rate but I guess this varies.
There is an attractive library area with a computer for guests' use (with printer) : this always seemed available but I guess this was because if you are 'uber cool' you will have your smartphone/laptop/ipad with you and be able to use the wifi which is free throughout the hotel.
I liked the decor which fused modern clean lines with ancient artifacts and the public areas have some large bold ethnic artwork.
My only criticism concerns the front desk/concierge service. We made a couple of requests: one was for a recommendation for a chinese herbal medicinist. None was forthcoming. A quick search via my iphone app brought up two recommendations in downtown Shanghai. The other concerned advice about the time needed to get by taxi to the rail station. We took the concierge's advice and were left with one and a half hours to spare before our train! It was only a fast 15 minute journey.
The location of the hotel is excellent in the Jing'an district right next to a metro entrance for lines 2 (which takes you everywhere from the Airport to People's Square, the Bund, Pudong and the fake goods markets) and 7. Jing'an Park is delightful - go take a walk in the early morning and watch the locals practicing Tai Chi and ballroom dancing. There is also (for a fee) a small traditional tea house in an ornamental garden on the site of the original burial ground for the temple. The modern Jing'an Temple is now across the road from the park next to the many upmarket shopping malls where you can shop till you drop!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With handcrafted luxury at the core of its service philosophy, The PuLi guest experience marks a departure from the expected generic style of luxury usually associated with conventional collections of foremost hotels. The result is a distinctively unique, new spatial and guest experience, to heighten discovery and bring delight to the senses. The PuLi, with 26 floors, 193 rooms and 36 suites will offer 24-hour in-room dining as well as 24-hour concierge, laundry and valet services. Jing'An, the hotel's signature 120-seat Restaurant located on level 2, also boasts impressive views across the park. A 32-metre Long Bar will offer one of Shanghai's "longest" wine and champagne selections by the glass. The bar and lounge will create a chameleon-like atmosphere as the space transforms in character and mood through the day. A superbly equipped state of the art gymnasium, sauna, steam room, experiential showers, jacuzzi pool, 25-metre lap infinity pool as well as the first Anantara spa in Shanghai operated by the award-winning spa group, is available to all guests on level 3. ... more less
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- The Puli Hotel Shanghai