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Hotel Indigo Shanghai Has Pretty Public Spaces to Match Its Pretty Guestrooms

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  Site Where: 585 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, Shanghai, China, 200010
May 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM | by | ()

Guess the Hotel REVEALED!

Last week we played guess the hotel with the bright yellow bicycle in the lobby - within an hour ringlingarmadillo guessed it right: we were talking about Hotel Indigo Shanghai On The Bund. Read on for more details on our time hanging out at its restaurant / living room, Quay.

When we first saw pictures of Hotel Indigo Shanghai On The Bund, we could hardly believe we were looking at a hotel room. Remember these? So pretty. We still covet some of the furnishings, and those hardwood floors we'll never get tired of. Given that the hotel opened over a year and a half ago, the design has stood the test of time really well.

And apparently, guests can't get enough of it either; when we asked to see a room after having lunch last week, reception apologised and told us all 184 rooms were occupied. Sigh. At least we were able to have a look around some of the public spaces. Join us on a little tour in the gallery below.

We walked over to the hotel along the Bund promenade that follows the Huangpu river. The Indigo sits just south of the famous stretch of colonial buildings that face the skyscrapers of Pudong across the water. The location offers stellar views of the river and the skyline, sometimes even from the bathtub.

The first thing you'll see entering the hotel is that bicycle spray-painted canary yellow and the curving wall of wood arching back to the reception desks. To the right, past a red rickshaw is a living wall and two small lions guarding the entrance to the elevator vestibule. A roped-off display had dozens of bottles with Chinese figurines in them.

Up on the sixth floor is the hotel's all-day living room/restaurant, Quay. There are several cosy seating areas spread across the floor, including cute loveseats with complimentary computers, as well as a meeting room. Shelves with books, art, and tables with board games, chess, and magazines bring a more homey feel to it. We had lunch relaxing on a corner sofa looking out on the unfortunately grey-skied city; while we snagged one picture of the empty restaurant as we arrived (we were early), it was buzzing in no time with a mix of locals, trendy business types, and 30-something tourists.

The funky design extends to the restrooms; turn right at the sign and you step into a circular hallway with black, high-gloss walls. Doors to individual cubicles are hidden panels, which leads to a little confusion in near darkness if they're all closed.

If you want to hit up Hotel Indigo later during the day, you can head to Char Bar & Grill on the top floor for dinner, followed by cocktails on the outdoor terrace overlooking the city. Retiring to that same view from your Bund River view room will set you back about $300 this Saturday.

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