200021 Travel Guide
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.
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.
We had a major Andazm in February when we heard that Andaz would be heading to the Far East but we didn't have many details. Now we do.
Our deep throat Hyatt source pointed us to the Andaz Shanghai website where it says the opening is happening this summer. Umm...since it's summer now, this could be like any day now so here's what to expect inside: