Luxury hotels are shooting up in Shanghai quicker than bamboo and the classy low-key St. Regis is among the most inviting of the newcomers, with a tip-top location in downtown Jing An, elegant city view rooms, and excellent restaurants and leisure facilities.
The St. Regis has a terrific location in downtown Jing An, within walking distance of People’s Park, People’s Square, the family-friendly Natural History Museum and a multitude of malls, shops, bars and restaurants on Nanjing Road. The nearest metro station, Nanjing West Road, is an eight-minute walk away.
Style & character
The interiors are inspired by 19th-century European architecture but with some Chinese twists. The ground-floor lobby sparkles with marble, crystal and elaborate floral displays. Leather chesterfields, flashes of gold, and the enthusiastic use of swags and tassles add to the lavish feel. Scattered throughout the hotel is an intriguing collection of art, including antique calligraphy, gold foil silk screens, glass sculptures and contemporary Chinese paintings.
Service & facilities
All of the staff were smiley, attentive and eager to impress with their English language skills. Wi-Fi is complimentary and rapid, but you will need to download your own VPN service before arriving in China should you wish the access the World Wide Web.
The hotel’s high-tech gym is open 24 hours a day; personal trainers can be arranged for one-to-one sessions. There’s also a large Romanesque indoor swimming pool, ladies and gents saunas and an inviting spa – try a traditional Chinese foot reflexology massage to ease away jetlag.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
The 491 rooms situated between the 36th and 68th floors are huge, regal affairs decked out in shades of Wedgwood blue, primrose yellow and pearl white, with lacquer furniture, deep carpets and rambling marble bathrooms. The views of the metropolis sprawling below are eye-popping. Each room comes with the services of a butler, who will unpack and re-pack your suitcase, draw you a bath and deliver tea and biscuits on silver trays.
Food & drink
The hotel’s four restaurants include an international buffet, à la carte, Japanese and Cantonese options. The buffet breakfast, although plentiful, felt like it was geared more towards the local market, with a limited selection of Western dishes and few healthy options. With its geometric prints, cognac colour scheme, jazz music and extensive menu of fine wines, champagne and cocktails, the St. Regis Bar harks back to the Golden Age of Travel.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. There are a number of rooms in different categories which have been adapted for wheelchair users rooms and all of facilities, including the swimming pool, are accessible.
Yes. Children are greeted with their own special amenities, including mini bathrobes, slippers and a toy. In the evenings, butlers bring round a trolley of bedtime stories.
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