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“Excellent Luxury Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

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Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China (The Bund)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3,976 Hotels in Shanghai
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“Excellent Luxury Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

A wonderful full five star luxury hotel located in the centre of historical Bund area. Review based on a two night stay in March’11 (background of spending 80+ nights per year in different hotels around the globe)

Location:
Located right in the middle of the beautiful Bund area, immediately across the river from the tallest towers in Shanghai. Walking on the river boulevard watching Bund on one side and Pudong on the other side while all kinds of ships flow by you is a great experience, during day and especially at the night time.

Some bars & restaurants in immediate neighborhood, such as nice House of Blues & Jazz. Some high-end shops are nearby with Nanjing Street offering a bit more normal stores starting maybe 500m away.

Room:
I’ve seen a fair number of 5 star hotel rooms around the world, very rarely any of them caused that “WOW” feeling. This one certainly did! Décor was in my opinion just right, traditional without being too old fashioned yet included very modern technology such as touch-screen operated lights & curtains. It was very clear that the room had been carefully constructed, you could say every single detail of the room was perfect. Wonderful view from 16th floor towards the skyscrapers of Pudong across the Huang Pu river.

Only (minor) negative point I can think of was the rather strange automatic electrical toilet seat. This is IMHO one of those very clear “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” items: what’s wrong with a normal regular toilet seat..? Otherwise the bathroom was large with separate booths for toilet seat as well as for shower with a separate bath.

Complimentary offerings included many bottles of water, some candies & cookies and a large bowl of fruits. Other equipment included a large LCD TV (including a Blue-ray player) and a safe.

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Breakfast was very good, wide variety with good quality of both hot and cold selection, including a cook to make you your own omelet/whatever.

There’s no Executive Lounge in this hotel. Gym/pool section was still somewhat under construction so cannot comment that. Historical Long Bar was certainly worth the visit, wonderfully restored environment straight from the golden age of Shanghai.

Level of service was excellent, everybody was eager to please. And everyone spoke either good or very good English. Didn’t notice any kind of “this place is only for posh millionaires in tuxedos” feeling, so even a regular guy like myself felt welcome.

Would I return there?
Yes, absolutely. An extremely fine hotel located in a middle of fine historical location! Somewhat expensive but worth the money

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2011

Stayed for a week in the new building, rooms perfectly appointed, wonderful beds, lovely amenities,finishes and technology to astonish the most sybarites, great views to the bund and Shanghai skyline. Had breakfast, lunch, dinner and in room dinning .
All the outlets are the perfection in service and quality made true.
Had the chance to use the meeting and banqueting facilities, and the amenities/coffee breaks were unparalleled.
This hotel is the best hotel in Shanghai and a true heir of the Waldorf Astoria New York.
Will stay here for any venue I have in Shanghai in the future.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

We didn't actually stay in this hotel, we came for a drink in their bar and tried the best red wine we have ever had! I would highly recommend it. Forget the cost, it is worth it.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Address: No.2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
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Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > The Bund
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Shanghai
#2 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#3 Romantic Hotel in Shanghai
#3 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#6 Family Hotel in Shanghai
#290 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund 5*
Number of rooms: 260
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Combining the history and culture of the celebrated Shanghai Bund with a taste for 21st century sophistication, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, legendary service and timeless amenities to make your stay truly memorable and distinct. Housed within the two-building complex in phases are 260 well-appointed rooms and suites, stylish environments for dining and lounging, extensive banquet facilities with stunning views, luxury spa, fully-fitted gym ,free WiFi and more, all crafted onto a picture perfect setting that speaks volume of the grandeur and finesse that is uniquely ours. ... more   less 
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