I wish I could think of something negative to say about the Puli - just to retain my credibility. But the Zen ambience completely wipes your mind of peripheral thought. This is the way my ‘reincarnated self’ would like to live. Exeunt clutter, struggle and the mundanity of life. Enter minimalism and luxury. But with plenty of people to do some ‘caring and sharing’!
Room: big comfortable beds & wonderful pillows (it’s a hotel – it’s got to be their prime concern!), huge, airy; décor aforementioned zen … black trip, wood, dimmed lights; huge ‘wet rooms’ with double headed showers – one a real ‘rainforest’ head - fabulous; separate basins (my other half is always delighted to be separated from my chaos); table and chairs to enjoy room service dinner that our late arrival required (delicious - I mean delicious - noodles). I wanted to spend the rest of my life in that room.
Gym: small but with all the essentials; no swimming pool (hooray – a negative); great change rooms, showers and sauna.
Spa: booked out, couldn't try it (hooray negative #2).
Breakfast: delicious; plenty of traditional choice but not over the top
Staff: always attentive and willing in a really happy way. Not always with the answers – we had quite a few touristy questions about Shanghai and regions which stumped some of the staff. A very helpful young American women who appeared to be a front of house manager did a wonderful job in taking the initiative and finding answers for us about trains and timetables and giving us tips on our day trip to Suzhou. The English of the staff was generally strong, which was wonderful for us as our Mandarin is non-existent!
While the location is a little far from Bund attractions, it’s central enough to the ‘Paris-end’ of Nanjing Road and taxis are very cheap (and always cheerfully sourced by concierges) for it not to really matter.
The interior design of the hotel is just Too Kool for Skool - in the best possible way. It filled these old fogies with a bit life, creativity and youth – it reflected so much of that contemporary edginess that was evident in many places in this extraordinary city. Were I to return to Shanghai there’s no question where I’d stay. Loved it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Puli Hotel Shanghai