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You know the deal: you excitedly check into a hotel in a brand new city, ready to see all the sights and take all the tours. But sightseeing doesn't come cheap, and soon enough you're blowing an extra $20 or $50 just to be shown a landmark that, with a little more planning, you might have been able to see for free from your hotel room.
PARIS— We've been a fan of Shangri-La Paris for a while now, and it was just recently, back in May, that we poked around inside an Eiffel Duplex Suite. Balcony? Check. Free WiFi? Check. Killer Eiffel Tower view? Yessir.
Last week, we showed you the view we had over lunch at the Park Hyatt Shanghai towards the Oriental Pearl Tower and Huangpu river. Looking down the other side, we spotted none other than the upcoming Four Seasons Pudong, which we talked about only two weeks ago.
While 55 stories high, the building is dwarfed by the World Financial Center (which houses the Park Hyatt on floors 79-93), as well as various other buildings nearby. At the same time, just across the street you will find remnants of a different Pudong before all the skyscrapers arrived, as you can see in the pictures.
The entrance is still wrapped up (we would guess the picture of the circular driveway is for the residences, but we could be wrong about that), the building looks pretty much finished, so we think the projected late August opening should be feasible. We saw ads for the residences, called Four Seasons Place, all over Shanghai.
Reservations at the hotel are accepted for arrival from September 1st as per the hotel website, moved up from September 17 only a week ago.
You read that right: we finally - finally - were able to see Andaz Shanghai for ourselves. After pouring over some of the first details last summer, and getting seriously excited when we got our hands on a set of pictures around the opening in October, we couldn't leave Shanghai last week without seeing the hotel with our own eyes.
Set in trendy Xintiandi, Andaz Shanghai (Andaz means "personal style" in Urdu) will offer a total of just over 300 rooms when a final set of accommodations (including larger loft rooms and a number of suites) comes online later this year. You'll find a plethora of bars, restaurants, and shops in the revitalized (and mostly pedestrian) area just across the street from the hotel.
Following our visit, we strolled around the historic alleys and had lunch on one of the small squares; the striking architecture of the hotel and its next-door neighbor, The Langham, follows you as you turn a corner and they pop up above the traditional "shikumen" houses of old Shanghai that make up the district.
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've long known that the Holiday Inn brand in China means something completely different than it does stateside. The hotels tend to be a lot more luxe than their U.S. counterparts. Think top notch amenities, grand ballrooms and chandeliers in the lobby.
Now we can add death-defying architecture to the list, thanks to the newest Holiday Inn in China. At the Holiday Inn hotel, Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, the hotel's Cantilever Indoor Swimming Pool on the 24th floor-- includes a "deep end" that extends longer than the rest of the building.
Upping the design factor is that this section of the pool has a glass bottom, allowing you to peer down into the city below. And for the city below to peer up at you. Death defying AND kinky!
Headed to Shanghai? Rates at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kanggiao start at around 566 CNY or $89 USD.
[Photo via Daily Mail]
Few things are more coveted among hotels than claiming the title of "World's Tallest Hotel". However, just as "World's Tallest Building", chances are something just that little bit taller will be built soon enough.
So is the case for Park Hyatt Shanghai, located on floors 79-93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center, tallest hotel until The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong opened (which is set to be eclipsed yet again by the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai).
That didn't stop us from popping in and taking the express elevator up to the lobby on floor 87 and restaurant 100 Century Avenue (named after the hotel's address) on floor 91. Views across Shanghai are truly staggering, with the famous Oriental Pearl Tower looking positively puny in comparison.
One floor up on level 92 is bar Music Room which features live music to accompany the night-time view. That shiny multi-faceted building you see front left? The Grand Hyatt Shanghai, where you can head to Cloud 9 Bar on floor 87 if Music Room on 92 is just a few floors too high for you.
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After debuting in China exactly ten years ago, Four Seasons is ready to make an encore performance. Four Seasons Pudong Shanghai, the city's second Four Seasons hotel, will open on the Pudong side of the river, just a few miles from the original Four Seasons Shanghai in the central Puxi district.
Sitting high in a newly-built 55-story tower, the 187-room hotel will offer luxe private dining rooms, a 1920s Art Deco design, an Executive Club Lounge and an entire floor devoted to a health club, spa, and infinity pool. The gleaming glass tower also houses Ferrari Maserati and 73 Four Seasons private residences—which is just about as luxury as you can get. No wonder locals have nicknamed this place the "jewel box."
For another (semi-)precious photo, click below!
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Like it or not, the holiday season has officially begun. And no one enjoys the holiday season more than hotels. From now through New Year's Eve, we'll be featuring all the holiday hotel news, deals, events and over the top decorations, we think are the best (or the worst.) Got a question about booking a hotel over the holidays or what to do when staying in a hotel over the holidays? Let us know!
The holidays make hotels do crazy things. Like erecting Christmas trees adorned with money or oversized gingerbread houses or life-sized chocolate Santas (nom, nom.) So it comes as little surprise that the Shangri-La Pudong Hotel in Shanghai, China attempted yesterday to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest yule log cake.
All Some of the 307 rooms and suites are now open as well as the hotel's restaurants and bars, although the event spaces and the Optime spa are coming later. And as always, the Andaz brand standards of free WiFi, free minibar goodies and nonalcoholic drinks are included as well as light snacks in the Andaz Lounge and free telephone calls.
However, this is the most technologically advanced Andaz Hotel to date thanks in part to the LED lighting on the ceiling which allows guests to choose the mood/color of their rooms.
The folks at Andaz have sent us over some hotel photos which we've put in a gallery for you down below. But if you want more, a tipster let us know that a Flyertalker has put up this photoset on Flickr. Whee!
UPDATEAndaz Amsterdam ran into some problems the other month. Scroll down for more.
The other day we were combing through our inbox when we spotted an email about the forthcoming Andaz Shanghai. A tipster visiting Shanghai a few weeks ago was having drinks with friends at The Langham Xintiandi which opened nearly a year ago. He reports:
I can tell you right now, when I return to Shanghai in November, the get together with my friends will be in Andaz. Wow, the hotel is not open, but when I was there, they were doing some sort of training. Yes, I could see. They have what it appears to be a really cool restaurant, with outdoor seats, all lit up beautifully in the evening - on street level.
A friend knows a friend who knows the people in this hotel. He told me it had been built for a few years and was supposed to be another hotel brand, which never opened. Hyatt went in and put the Andaz name on it. I googled it and found out this was all correct. It was supposed to be a Jumeirah.
In case you need another reminder that gas leaks are no joke, an entire hotel went up in flames today because of one. The hotel, the designy-boutique JIA Shanghai, suffered exterior damage, as it was mainly the facade that caught on fire after "work being done by the government on a gas main that ruptured," according to Shanghaiist.
Almost as quickly as the gas leak caused tongues of flame to reach each balcony at the hotel, the fire was put out and all guests safe and accounted for. This is the reason hotels have emergency escape plans posted on the back of every room door.
Shanghai's legendary Fairmont Peace Hotel just got even more, wait for it...legendary with the recent unveiling of their Nine Nations Suites and Sassoon Presidential Suite.
The Nine Nations suites were actually a part of the hotel when it first opened back in 1929 as The Cathay Hotel and they paid homage to the "cultural and stylistic influences" of both East and West on Shanghai life.
Now the suites are open again as the final pieces in the hotel's extensive three-year renovation. The Chinese, Indian, English and American suites have been preserved, while the French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and German suites were redesigned but in line with their original concept.
And we've got glorious photos of all the East and West suites as well as the Sassoon Presidential Suite which features 360-degree views of the city from its perch on the hotel's 10th floor. (It's named after the hotel's founder Sir Victor Sassoon who once lived in the suite.) Check 'em out below!