Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai Review


The Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is the first Hyatt 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 meters with vibrant views over Shanghai and impressive LED lighting where guests can customize the color to suit their mood. Upon arrival, guests are treated to welcome drinks and receive all-day drinks 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, deluxe, suite, and view. Even the stylish standard rooms start at 41 square meters which is spacious 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 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 deluxe rooms come in at 48-sqm with views of the Xintiandi entertainment district and Huai Hai Road shopping neighborhood 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 specializing 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 cocktails, 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 center of everything and yet evokes a sense of calm and voyeurism 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 escape in the middle of the madness.

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