I do not normally review hotels I have stayed at (whether +ve or –ve experiences). However, reflecting on hotels I have stayed at over the past 12 months, I find that the impression I had of the Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund was outstanding. It is the best Boutique Hotel I have stayed at for a long time.
The Hotel opened in 2010, but it was a bit too expensive for me on business travel to Shanghai. On this trip I was travelling together with my wife and we stopped in Shanghai for two nights for Chinese Valentine’s Day (August 23).
Most people on TripAdvisor have mentioned the great views that are indeed a wonderful feature of the Hotel. The Hotel is very close to the Huangpu River (on the bank) and from our river view room on the 15th floor we had excellent views up and down the river and straight across to the skyscrapers in the Financial District and Pudong area skyline.
We really enjoyed the unusual/unique décor of the hotel and the room. We spent the first 30 minutes or more looking at everything and taking photos of the room. There were many features you would expect:– 24 hour room service dining, large bed, separate bathroom, shower room (Rain Shower) and toilet, free high speed Wi-Fi that works well, plenty of conveniently located power outlets, large desk, satellite TV and the staff in reception, restaurants and bars were friendly, had a good level of training and spoke good English. Room size was very comfortable and had a bit of a small apartment feel. The bathroom facilities and oversized shower area with floor to ceiling views out across the river was a standout. My wife loved the room and the beautiful Shanghai decorations and artefacts. The hotel itself has plenty of interesting artwork and many people enjoyed the reception area.
Hotel facilities:- We used and enjoyed the 6th floor which had a range of offerings from great coffee and refreshments with a Café menu, to breakfast, lunch and dinner options, or areas to simply relax. The swimming pool on the 7th floor was a good size to actually swim and to watch the “river traffic”. The rooftop bar was really worth a sunset and/or early evening cocktail, although the cocktails were a bit disappointing and seemed very low strength alcohol. Again amazing views. The Char Restaurant had a pleasant atmosphere, very attentive and well trained service staff, reasonably good food and a good wine list. Unfortunately we found the Char generally too expensive for what it offered. The 6th floor was more reasonably priced.
Transportation appeared to be more of a problem than on the Pudong side of the river. Taxis were hard to find around peak hour and depending on the time of day taxis were reluctant to take you back to the hotel from the Pudong side of the river.
Overall it is the best Boutique Hotel I have stayed at for a long time, not unreasonably priced and well worth the additional cost for the executive level river view.
Higher floors with river view worth the extra cost.
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