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The Andaz Shanghai achieves a laidback yet luxe atmosphere, with homey touches that contrast bold displays of contemporary art. Guests enter an expansive two-story lobby backed by a wall of windows, with a sunken living room-style lounge in the center beneath a hulking egg structure constructed of brushed steel slats. The egg serves the dual purpose of providing extra seating for guests who want to climb a stairwell leading inside the installation, and also scales the lounge area down to a more intimate space, with leather club chairs, low wooden coffee tables and a central sideboard displaying stacks of art hardcovers, magazines and framed photos of Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel guests. The reception area is unconventional, partially enclosed by similar steel bars and composed of several wooden island desks, some serving as reception stations and others with an all-day display of refreshments. Interesting contemporary art displays add whimsy to the hotel, including the series of five pop art rabbit figurines lining the wall between reception and the elevator bank, where an ethnic print on-display is overlaid by a video of swimming goldfish. Guest room corridors are warmer in tone, with beige carpeting, wooden walls with flying bird decals and an unusual curved profile as guests progress down the hallways.