Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund

A stylish beauty with personality
If you covet water views, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund is the only hotel that sits right along the Huangpu River. You'll get an eyeful throughout the eclectic hotel, with vistas of the Old City, the river and Pudong's skyscrapers.

One of the best ways to take it all in is with a visit to the rooftop CHAR Bar & Grill. The hot spot serves fantastic cuts of meat, but flouts the traditional steakhouse experience with textured granite walls and floral chair coverings.

Be sure to inspect your room for goodies such as a French press set, locally loved White Rabbit candies and bathrobes that encourage you to kick back — "Relax" is embroidered onto the waffle fabric.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The lobby never ceases to impress thanks to its collection of contemporary sculptures and fixtures imbued with local flavor, such as the painted rickshaw and near life-size figurines.

• The hotel’s upscale boutique experience carries through to the warm and neighborly demeanor of staff, which readily engages guests in conversation and never fails to smile.

• Offering a hub for travelers to begin and then end their day, the QUAY level on the sixth floor is furnished with several iMac stations, two free massage chairs, a library stocked with books, magazines and DVDs that can be freely exchanged, two movie pods and an all day dining restaurant with panoramic views of the city.

• This popular bar has a relaxed atmosphere and many promotions, but is best known for its outdoor terrace. Guests can sip a specialty cocktail while they look out over a stunning vista of Shanghai’s twinkling skyline and meandering river.
Things to Know
• The hotel has a colorful and friendly style, with plenty of couches, iMac stations, a cozy library, pool and even movie pods to keep young travelers entertained.

• Those who favor traditional design should steer away from this hotel lobby, which features rotating contemporary artworks and a minimalist feel.

• One of the biggest draws of the hotel is the outdoor terrace of CHAR, which is furnished with glowing podiums and offers sweeping vistas of the sparkling Shanghai skyline and river below.

• The hotel does, as its name says, sit just beside The Bund, but not in the central business or commercial area. That said leisure travelers would be glad to know it’s only a 15-minute walk to tourist hotspots Yuyuan Garden and The Cool Docks, Shanghai’s popular fashion and culture district.

• The sixth floor is the heart of the hotel, housing the all day dining restaurant, concierge desk, gift shop, library, iMacs, massage chairs, movie pods and more. Be sure to set aside at least an hour to explore.
The Rooms
• The guest rooms at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund are spacious and colorful, with a contemporary design mixed with touches of old Shanghai.

• Dark wooden floors, a gray brick wall and expansive large windows — some of which can actually be opened for fresh air — set the scene for a boutique “home away from home” feel.

• Light natural colors on most furnishings are accentuated by surprising pops of bright colors — think yellow coffee table, Kelly green desk chair and nearly neon floral throw pillows.

• The bathrooms are truly unique and these spaces include blue mosaic-tiled walls and a bathing room that offers two windows with skyline views, three types of showerheads and an enormous freestanding tub, so guests just might be waterlogged by the time they check out.

• Pop art figurines, ceramic tea and coffee sets, and a calligraphy brush stand provide a sense of place, but it’s the massive black-and-white photographic depiction of old Shanghai forming the backdrop of the bed that dominates the room and injects it with imagination.
Nearby Attractions
• Walk along the Bund. The Bund houses Shanghai’s richest collection of historic architecture, including neoclassical, colonial and Art Deco buildings.

• Visit Yu Garden. The garden is an excellent example of traditional Suzhou-style gardens, right in the middle of Shanghai and the city of Suzhou is famous for its beautiful gardens.

• Stroll through Old Town, which is adjacent to Yu Gardens. It's about as local as you can get in Shanghai, with Shanghainese hanging their laundry outside, washing up and going about their day as they have for the last half century.

• Take the ferry from the Bund across the Huangpu River to Lujiazui and marvel at the super-tall skyscrapers.

• Hop a cab to Xin Tian Di, a pedestrian-only street teeming with restaurants and cafes and full of interesting architecture. It’s about ten minutes away by taxi.
Getting There
585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, Shanghai, Shanghai, CN 200010
PVG ((35 min))  
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