Say Hi to Shanghai's Twelve at Hengshan
Chalk up yet another new hotel for China, this time in Shanghai. The former French Concession gets to cut the ribbon on Twelve at Hengshan in November. The über-swanky brand, Luxury Collection from Starwood Hotels is bringing fierce design while honoring local character to the city's most historic section.
The new building, right along tree-lined Hengshan Road, will blend in to the neighborhood with thousands of terracotta tiles adorning the outside. But it's the modern take on traditional Chinese design that provides the wow factor. Garden motifs, hand-painted Oriental screens, handmade Chinese and modern furniture will give an 'East meets West, Past meets Present' vibe.
Though there are 171 rooms, know the most luxury is oozing from the suites. All 28 of them are decked out with Bose sound systems, Hermes toiletries, and many even overlook a secret garden. Plus each will have private terraces--oh, and a butler. But, if the suites are out of your price range, the regular rooms come with deluxe bathrooms, entertainment systems, Nespresso machines and free WiFi. Not too shabby, eh?
For those interested in spa pampering, this one is pretty interesting given it's underground locations and services like mud baths, scrub tables, and ice fountains. And who could wouldn't be intrigued by a treatment called the 'Dancing Fingers' massage?.
If you do want to actually experience the region--which, you know, might be a good thing--the hotel can tee up motorbike and sidecar tours of the former French Concession to experience the area and all of its former colonial glory. The historical district is one of the city's best for cafes, boutique shopping and restaurants and it's cool to stroll down the streets trimmed with sycamores imported from France in the early 1900s.
Basic rooms start at 1,800 CNY ($287), suites at 3,100 CNY ($494).
[Photos: Luxury Collection]