Answers from Our Experts (1)
The Andaz Shanghai stands out from other hotels in China’s glitziest city thanks to its unique location, laidback-luxe atmosphere and special amenities. Backing onto the popular Xintiandi area, the Andaz Shanghai is just a stone’s throw from Shanghai’s upscale restaurants, cafes and lifestyle stores. That means no riverside views of the famous Bund skyline from the rooms, but the walls of windows still offer an impressive display of the historic district’s stone rooftops in the daytime. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel has a more relaxed atmosphere that will appeal to leisure travelers, couples and families, with a sunken living room-style lounge in the two-story lobby. Overhead hangs an enormous egg constructed of curved brushed steel slats; guests can actually enjoy a beverage while sitting inside the egg, though the leather club chairs in the lounge are incredibly comfy already. A patisserie-style café is at the front of the hotel, while an airy all day dining venue is at the back with outdoor seating that proves popular when the sun comes out. In-house guests can enjoy complimentary snacks throughout the day and wine in the evenings, as well as free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks from the mini-bars in the minimalist guest rooms. Best of all is the wireless Internet — not only free and fast, but also routed through a VPN to allow access to those news, social media and video-sharing websites that are otherwise tricky to view on the mainland.