Booked a favourable rate for this hotel and on arrival was prompted to upgrade to a corner Pudong view room across the Huangpu River. Accepted and at a total of £100 per night thought the upgrade was just about worth it. We were given 6 free drinks coupons for the Quay dining room on the 6th floor, which was a nice welcoming touch.
Room was a very good size with twin beds and very good views of the Bund from all rooms. Beds were very comfy and the bathroom had his and her sinks, a spacious bathroom with bath and high tech pressure shower. Complimentary products were of a high standard. The toilet was high tech with various bidet options and a heated seat!
Mini bar prices were high but at least one could remove items and chill ones own beer-sourced from a nearby "shop" on Waixiangua St. 600ml Tsingtaou beer at 3RMB. This is around the corner from the China bank on Dongmen Rd. where there is a 24hr ATM.
UHT milk is in the bar for coffee, but one can ask for real milk which is free.
On the fourth and fifth nights we were given complimentary "nightcaps" of brandy in the room which was a nice touch.
Bar and dining.
Char roof top bar has an outside area, which gives great views of the Bund etc and we visited here a couple of times. Drinks are expensive but the view is good. They have a happy hour -more later on this .
Another dining option is the uber posh Char restaurant-way out of my league so we did not visit.
At the far South end of the Bund at the cross roads of Zhongshan South Road and Domgmen Rd. 15 minutes walk to Yuyuan Gardens, 20-30 minute walk up the Bund to East Nanjing Rd.
Bus stop nearby -Shi Liu Pu (Zhongshan South Road East Gate Road)
Buses 65 and 55 (2RMB) go to stop Zhongshan East 1st Road Nanjing East Road (Nanjing East Road the Bund) from which it's a 2 minute walk to the East Nanjing metro stop and start of the pedestrianised shopping area.
The expensive Big Bus tour also has a stop here £30 for 24hrs of hop-on\off. Covers a lot of Shanghai so if time is tight and you want to see ALL of Shanghai this may be for you.
Cheaper option is the City Sightseeing bus at £3.00
Quay is on the 6th floor and does Breakfast (150RMB) (didn't have) and also evening meals. Ate here twice and found the food to be good (as is the view) though small portions -but the service to be dire. Meals arrive at different times on cold plates and my partners starter + main were served together. Trying to pay the bill is tortuously slow. Eat somewhere else IMHO.
Good view, expensive drinks. Service was attentive and (mostly) friendly. One night went during the Happy hour as advertised in the room. Staff member tried to deny this when paying the bill-after several implausible excuses he flew off in a tantrum. The experience was rescued by JEFFERY and Aussie barman who smoothed things over and was very amiable.
Overall our best hotel stay in China with very good rooms, excellent views and (mostly) friendly staff.
Location is not perfect and dining options are a little disappointing but I would recommend this hotel and will stay again when in Shanghai.
Visited April 2013.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Indigo’s first property in Asia Pacific opened its doors in December 2010. Sitting directly on the Huangpu riverfront, Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund assures not only spectacular views of both the historic Bund and dramatic Pudong skylines, but an upscale boutique hotel experience where the focus is on inspired service, fresh and vibrant design reflecting the local neighbourhood, and providing guests with an authentic taste of today’s Shanghai, where old and new converge. Featuring 184 rooms, including 23 suites, each individually designed room at Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund provides all of the creature comforts expected from an upscale boutique property, but they are anything but ordinary. Maximizing the spectacular views and combining traditional and modern Chinese design and bespoke pieces, each room provides an intimate haven and unexpected details – be it the walk in “shell shower” featured in a number of guest bathrooms, the oversized wet room with spectacular views, the reclaimed Shikumen brick feature wall or the hidden refreshment bar with individually designed tea sets. All Guests can enjoy the bund view at the public areas. Attention： The Shanghai Regulations on Smoking Control in Public Places took effect on March 1, 2017. Hotel can’t offer smoking room and smoking has been banned in indoor place. ... more less
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