We decided to stay in BT Shanghai on friend's recommendation and haven't regreted it one bit. We live in Shanghai at the moment and previously stayed in several 5 stars hotels with the view of the Bund, but Banyan Tree was the best in my opinion.
It's located in a quieter part of the Bund, which means you escape daily crowds visiting the Bund, but also you are a bit further away from the restaurants&night life. Anyway, taxi is easy to arrange through hotel reception (most of the staff we've encountered spoke very good english) and in Shanghai you will need a car anyway to get from place to place, especially in the summer heat. The big advantage of the location for me was that it was set off the busy road, so you don't hear 24-hrs traffic of Shanghai, even on the lower floors.
View from the rooms was amazing. We've booked 2 interconnecting panorama riverside retreat rooms and, upon arrival, received free upgrade to Bund retreat rooms. Fantastic view of the river from large panoramic windows in both bedrooms and bathrooms. Loved the sofa beds by the windows with comfy cusions! Large comfortable bathtubs - again, positioned by the windows - also very nice.
Add to that comfy beds with the choice of pillows, good choice of western food at breakfast, friendly staff - we had a great stay.
Having previosly experienced Banyan Tree in Hangzhou (China) and Phuket (Tailand), this hotel was the best.
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