In a city as flashy as Shanghai, finding a hotel that combines discretion and elegance is nearly impossible — and yet, Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai manages to do just that. With a home-away-from-home atmosphere and mid-century modern design, the 168-room hideaway hotel right on the Bund by the East Jinling Road ferry terminal is a big draw for travelers seeking peace, quiet and convenience during their stay.
You’ll feel like you’re visiting the home of an eccentric friend, with old radios, antique trunks and Chinese tchotchkes displayed throughout the public areas. The third-floor reception features a stately Austrian grand piano in the corner, with warm wood paneling aglow at night from lit pillar candles that line a staircase leading downstairs. Signage is minimal, and lounges are furnished with chandeliers, fresh-cut roses and velvety sofas. The spacious accommodations are apartment-style, with two entrances for the large bathroom that runs the length of the room, a small foyer with a footstool and polished parquet flooring. The mini-bar is modeled after an old-fashioned liquor cabinet, while silver radio knobs by the bed pipe in music from ceiling speakers. The homey rooms have discreet advanced technology, like a bedside control panel for the temperature, lighting, curtains, privacy notifications and wake-up calls, as well as an advanced Toto washlet in the bathroom.
The boutique hotel may lack a swimming pool or spa, but its serene gym is a pleasant place for a workout, with a wooden meditation platform surrounded by river stones. An all-day lounge beyond reception is open to all guests, with sofas, reading material, cookies and refreshments and computer stations with complimentary printing. Breakfast, too, is included in all rates, meaning you can wander downstairs at your leisure, sit at one of the massive wooden communal tables and forget about having to sign a bill.