Nestled on the northern end of the Bund where the Huangpu River bends, the Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund offers the best views in Shanghai. On the left are those modern high rise skyscrapers of Lujiazui while on the right are those colonial buildings of the Bund.
Location is not the best. There is barely anything to offer around the vicinity of the hotel besides the stunning views. It’s quite inaccessible on foot to places of interest like the Bund or Nanking Road. But taxi is reasonably cheap and abundant in Shanghai.
This is an all suite river view hotel. As the hotel is a bit remote, it is fairly quiet. Check-in took a bit of time even though my reservation was made through the hotel own website. The 60 m2 room is very spacious, nicely decorated giving you a resort’s feel. The bed is very comfortable. The sofa along the ceiling to floor glass window was my favourite corner in the room. The view from the window was very astonishing. I spent countless of hours enjoying the even changing views of the Huangpu River both day and night.
Bathroom is well appointed with quality Banyan Tree’s toiletries. Soaking at the huge round bathtub by the glass window was a luxurious treat to my stay. In the evening during the turndown service, the bathtub was nicely set up with candles light and rose petals. The rain shower is powerful and the Water drain out quickly too. Books and magazines are provided in the toilet to ensure you will be occupied while during your business
The award winning Banyan Tree Spa’s treatment is worth a try. It’s occupying a 3-storey basement area tastefully decorated. Linda is highly recommended. Swimming pool is located at the basement B2 of the hotel. I don’t really like it as it was so boring starring at the walls.
Breakfast was excellent. The buffet spread was wide with great varieties of choices. Besides the all-day dining restaurant, there is a Chinese restaurant and a hotel lounge on the first floor/mezzanine floor of the hotel. The root top facility was not ready during my stay. No matter whether it is going to be a bar or restaurant, it will be one of the best venue in Shanghai with its priceless view.
If you need a break, need some tranquil hours, need to escape from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, The Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund is the answer.
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