Name: Andaz Xintiandi
The Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is the first Andaz in Asia and is located directly adjacent to Xintiandi—a landmark entertainment area in the heart of downtown Shanghai, acclaimed for its restored Shikumen architecture housing and bustling with restaurants and a Starbucks all within walking distance. If you need something different head to K11 or Hong Kong Towers one block north where there’s also an Apple Store on the corner. Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is also a short walk to the Metro and the prestigious Huai Hai Zhong Road, one of Shanghai’s upmarket shopping areas.
The newly constructed 28-storey hotel features 307 spacious guest rooms and large suites ranging from 80–740 square metres with vibrant views over Shanghai and impressive LED lighting where guests can customise the colour to suit their mood. Upon arrival, guests are treated to welcome drinks and receive all day drink and snacks at the Host Desk. As in all Andaz hotels, non-alcoholic minibar drinks and snacks, local telephone calls and wireless internet access are complimentary. Other complimentary amenities include also include light snacks and evening wine service at Andaz Lounge.
Rooms are split into standard, delux, suite and view. Even the stylish standard rooms start at 41 square meters which is spaceous with hardwood floors and the bathroom is outfitted with an electronic Toto toilet and bathtub. These rooms have one king bed, a city view and LED lights on the ceiling which you can adjust to suit your mood. The modern bathroom includes floor heating, an electronic toilet and a glowing translucent bathtub. All rooms also come with an iPod docking station and the magical DigiValet-an iPad based guestroom solution which basically means that everything in the room is controlled by an iPad mini. Well everything except the toilet that is motion controlled. The curtains, blinds, lights, TV, AC, Room Service, Do Not Disturb and even Clean My Room are all controlled by your iPad mini!
Contemporary delux rooms come in at 48-sqm with views of the Xintiandi entertainment district and Huai Hai Road shopping neighbourhood and the modern bathroom includes daylight as well as the same electronic toilet and glowing translucent bathtub. 80-sqm suites are the best rooms in the house and treat guests to a king bed along with a separate working room, a Technogym exercise machine and views of the Xintiandi entertainment district.
Dining and entertainment options include Andaz Lounge, the heart of the hotel in the main lobby; Éclair, an all-day patisserie specialising in classic, cream-filled French pastries; and the signature restaurant Hai Pai—meaning “modern Shanghainese spirit”—a restaurant blending the traditional Shanghainese food with modern flavors that reflects the neighborhood culture and style. ”XUAN” Bar, a comfortable, barrier –free atmosphere with handcraft cocktail, modern Chinese snacks and tasty continental delicacies. 88 Sushi Bento Bar, located in the steel-brushed oval above Andaz Lounge, is a Japanese cuisine serving high-end sushi and sashimi.
Feel a sense of sanity and peace of mind as you enter the Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai. This ultra modern, gadget filled hotel with amazing views is in the centre of everything and yet evokes a sense of calm and voyerism as you look out upon the hectic world outside. If you like stuffy and traditional hotels, this is not the place for you. But if, like me, you like modern, funky and hip with an edge you will love this serene escapae in the middle of the madness.
Disclosure: Most of our property, service & product reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced by any sponsor.