Because of the unpretentious (and small) driveway and entry, one may actually miss the hotel at first sight, which lies right across the street from the Bund at the intersection of East Jinling and Zhongshan roads. The entrance to the hotel maybe unassuming but the service and the facilities inside are anything but. From the entry foyer one is whisked up to the third floor by lifts to the reception lobby. The ambiance and the décor are very much that of a museum- fine marble lines, minimalistic décor, with few and discreetly placed antiques- basically uncomplicated and classy, and a theme that is the norm for all guest areas. The staffs are immaculately dressed in business attire. Check-in is swift, smooth and courteous. The rooms, the furnishings and the services are all beyond reproach. The equipment and the utilities in the room have all been designed for a seamless stay, whether on business or pleasure. The bathrooms are fantastic with both shower and bath options. The suites come with a sitting and a bedroom. The bedroom again has a small sitting area, all with a direct view of the Huangpu River, and beyond to the Pudong side. The quality of the WiFi is good and the complimentary fruits are replenished daily.
Breakfast is served in the second (mezzanine) floor in Café DongXi. Again, the service is low-key, but immaculate. Both Chinese and Western fares are offered, all fresh and well selected, in an ambiance of complete relaxation. The café covers the whole floor, so there is no particular congestion, even at the busiest time. One may dine in the more ‘communal’ central table or avail of the various nooks and crannies (more private) scattered throughout the floor, some with views of the Bund and the surrounds.
Moving on from the mainstream items, the hotel provides some valuable complementary services. One example is the mobile phone provided on check-in (Smart-Life phone), which is the only device one need for both in-house and external calls during their stay in Shanghai. All incoming calls are free- the switchboard transfers the call to the room, and if the phone in not answered within five rings, the call is channeled to the Smart-Life phone, ensuring that all calls are received. The phone is a life saver in a city where hardly anyone speaks or understands English. One pays only for the calls made while having a local mobile phone in hand, with the added convenience of being in touch with the hotel front desk (at the touch of a button, if and when necessary). The phone also has pre-programmed directions (for the taxi) for major attractions and venues, and back to the hotel.
Another example of the hotel’s class and commitment is Le Lounge, a casual but smart retreat on the third floor (reception level). It offers use of computers (PC and Mac), printers, a variety of teas and coffee, fresh fruits and in-house baked cookies and pastries, all complimentary, for all guests, and is open 24 hours. A perfect place to relax and unwind, between a busy schedule of sightseeing or business appointments. The layout is such that it is possible to have private meetings, if needed.
In terms of the location, yet again the Les Suites comes up tops; on the Bund, across from the Shanghai Ferry Terminal (two Yuan and 10 minutes to the Pudong side), easy walking to the Huangpu River cruise piers (5 minutes), East Nanjing Road and Metro (Line 2,10 minutes), Yu Yuan Gardens (10 minutes) and so on. Most Shanghai attractions are easily accessible by Metro or by taxi (15-30 minutes). From the suites on the upper floor, the view over Huangpu River and across to the Pudong side are just awesome. The busy Huangpu River, with its ever busy mercantile traffic and changing shades of color (depending on the time) is quite mesmerizing at any time of day or night.
Les Suites Orient should not disappoint even the most discerning patron, and is highly recommended if the budget permits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As a truly lifestyle hotel, Les Suites Orient is situated on the historic Bund with breathtaking views of the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline. It is also conveniently located near the famous Yu Gardens, the tunnel connecting to the Pudong financial district, and the Pudong ferry terminal. Les Suites Orient offers 168 exquisite guest rooms, including 43 suites. Rooms are decorated in a clean and elegant tone with reduced forms and warm colors, creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. All rooms are equipped with a range of the latest technological features including wireless internet and high-speed wifi access, in-room bluetooth and DVD. Other facilities include Cafe Donxi, gym, le Lounge, cigar bar and multi-functional meeting room. The Hotel also provides smartlife WiFi router to meet the requests from in-house guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Suites Orient Hotel Shanghai