Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

Earth-toned grace near the water
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. Lounges are furnished with chandeliers, fresh-cut roses and velvety sofas. The spacious accommodations are apartment-style and the all-day lounge beyond reception is open to all guests, with sofas, reading material, cookies and refreshments.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The hotel has an extremely convenient location on the corner of a riverside street, allowing for easy access to both sides of the Pudong by taxi or ferry and stunning views of the skyline across the river at night.
  • The hotel may be discreet, but it’s located right on The Bund, overlooking the busy ferry terminals, riverside pedestrian pathways and neon skyline across the river.
  • The hotel offers a unique design style with classic parquet flooring, clean-lined wooden furnishings and even a traditional liquor cabinet serving as the mini-bar.
  • Those tired of the division between regular guests and club guests will appreciate that everyone has access to the lounge at the hotel, with comfy furnishings and a small display of cookies, cakes, tea and espresso drinks.
Things to Know
  • 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.
  • Breakfast 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.
  • While children are certainly welcome, the design of the hotel is more grown-up, with polished parquet flooring, soft piano music in the background, chandeliers and velvety sofas gathered around coffee tables stacked high with magazines.
  • Those seeking a buzzy and see-and-be-seen vibe should look elsewhere, as the hotel is more hideaway than hot spot.
The Rooms
  • The guest rooms at Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai, have a homey and muted design emphasizing mid-century modern furnishings with a neutral color scheme.
  • Large black-and-white prints of Shanghai’s skyline under construction are displayed on the wall, with similar framed photographs on bookshelves along with colorful vases, knick-knacks and premium reading material.
  • Fresh flowers are provided in the bedroom and bathroom, and a fresh fruit bowl on the wooden mini-bar cabinet add a welcoming feel.
  • The four-door mini-bar cabinet opens up like a traditional liquor cabinet, while the silver radio knobs beside the bed pipes in instrumental radio music through speakers on the ceiling.
  • Bathrooms are just as long as the bedrooms and spacious too, and include a rectangular glass-walled shower, advanced Toto washlet and standalone soaking tub with a television at the end.
The Restaurant
  • There is only one restaurant at Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai: Café DongXi. It has a relaxed atmosphere and comfy furnishings.
  • The all-day dining venue is located down a set of stairs on the third floor.
  • A breakfast buffet is offered from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and then a la carte Asian and Western items are available to order from noon until 10 p.m.
  • The restaurant has an open-air living room feel, with polished wooden communal tables and a few tables along the window overlooking the street.
Getting There
1 East Jinling Road, Shanghai, China 200002
PVG (45 min)  
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