I love Shangri La hotels, so in 2012 when I saw the new Jing an Shangri La being built from my seat in the bar at the Shanghai Ritz Carlton I was eager to stay there as soon after it opened. Perhaps that was a little naive of me considering it was a new operation. My first opportunity was October 2013. Check-in was slow which could be put down to training new staff, I also found the reception area very boring. We stayed in Horizon Club Suites and they were fantastic, very clean, very new, all mod cons and amazing views.
Breakfast was really good, not up to the KL standard but the staff were excellent and service was great.
I used the fitness centre most days, it was always well maintained and had a great view over one of the elevated roads which always gave you something interesting to look at.
We were disappointed in the 1515 West Bar, it doesn't really have any character and is too dark too early in the day. We experienced a couple of good staff, and a couple that seemed more interested in looking at their phones when the boss was out of the room. We did however have a good chat and some fantastic Bourbon tastings with Dario the Bar Manager who really knows his stuff.
The price of beer was at the top that I had ever paid anywhere, this needs to be reviewed. Also while the Chophouse restaurant was nice I could have bought 2 cows for the price I paid for my steak.
The quality, style & overall service level of this quality branded hotel was very good, I think they need to review all of their pricing once the excitement of 'New' is over.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jing An Shangri-la, West Shanghai is located in the Jing An Business District, one of Shanghai’s most prestigious and fashionable business and commercial districts. The hotel sits on a network of public transportation, including Metro Lines 2 and 7. It is about 45-minute drive from Pudong International Airport and only 20 minutes from Hongqiao Airport via the adjacent elevated Yan’an Middle Ring Road.Jing An Shangri-La is also the prime focus of the Jing An Kerry Centre, a new city landmark that encapsulates a lifestyle of affluence and vibrancy. Integrating 450,000 square metres of hotel, retail, office and residential space, the Centre is bounded by four major roads – West Nanjing Road, Changde Road, Yan’an Middle Ring Road and Tongren Road. It is adjacent to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre and only steps away from the Jing An Temple and the famous Nanjing Road shopping street.The hotel will overlook the Centre’s 3,000-square-metre piazza featuring pathways, gardens, water features and al fresco dining and the home where Chairman Mao Zedong lived for several months in 1920. Shangri-La and Kerry Properties will work with the Jing An District Government on the restoration of the property. ... more less
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