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The discreet and elegant Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai, stands out from other hotels with its home-away-from-home atmosphere, mid-century modern design and surprisingly current amenities. With a convenient location on The Bund, the hotel is a nice hideaway from the busy pedestrian area around the ferry terminals. Guests feel like they’re visiting the home of a friend — an eccentric one with a collector’s eye for old radios, antique trunks and Chinese accessories like colored glass perfume bottles and pipes. The third-floor reception is a sea of beige marble, with a stately grand piano in the corner. An all-day lounge is open to all guests, and features velvety sofas, tables stacked high with magazines, cookies and refreshments, and computer stations with complimentary printing. Breakfast, too, is included in room rates, meaning guests can lazily wander downstairs to grab a few items from the hot and cold buffet, then back up to their rooms without having to sign a bill. The rooms are spacious and apartment-style, with two entrances for the large bathrooms, a small foyer with a footstool and polished parquet flooring in the bedroom. The mini-bar takes its cues from an old-fashioned liquor cabinet, polished silver radio knobs by the bed pipe in music from speakers in the ceiling and a master control panel operates the temperature, lighting, curtains, privacy notifications and wake-up calls. The advanced Toto washlet in the bathroom comes with a heated seat, and be sure to spend time soaking in the tub, which flanks a picture window but also has a remote-control television at one end. Leisure guests and families be warned though — the hotel’s facilities don’t include a swimming pool or spa.