Asia’s First Waldorf Astoria Hotel Brings Back Shanghai’s Legendary Glamour and Sophistication On The Bund
Waldorf Astoria – a name synonymous for over a century with international celebrities, sophisticated style and peerless service – is now on Shanghai’s iconic Bund waterfront
The first Waldorf-Astoria hotel to open in Asia evokes the inimitable spirit and style of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in New York, which has been a global meeting place for royals, leaders and captains of industry, celebrities and high society, and for discerning luxury travelers since it opened in 1893.
Located at No. 2 The Bund in what was formerly the celebrated Shanghai Club, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund now occupies this original neoclassical building built in 1910, as well as the adjacent brand new Waldorf Astoria Tower. The Tower rises some 26 floors, allowing guests the most spectacular views of The Bund, the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline beyond. Seamlessly connecting the two buildings is Peacock Alley, an elegantly styled promenade of luxury restaurants and lounges overlooking a serene landscaped courtyard.
Just like its New York counterpart, the 257-room Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund combines vintage European-style splendour with true Waldorf service and sumptuous classical comfort.
Inside the grand lobby on The Bund, dark-veined white marble and Palladian columns are crowned with sculpted rooftop cornices, while crystal chandeliers light the space. Exquisite furnishings and original fixtures, including the city's last triangular manual elevators, and distinctive Chinese accents combine to resurrect the authentic ambience of 'Old Shanghai'.
The hotel's rooms and suites whether in the heritage Waldorf Club building, or the new Waldorf Astoria Tower, are decorated in timeless style with deluxe amenities, and each restaurant, lounge and space reflects the Waldorf 's legendary residential ambience.
The 20 magnificent Waldorf Suites are a highlight of the Waldorf Club building, exuding classic glamour and refined luxury. These heritage themed rooms feature white painted timber paneling, hardwood floors and polished mahogany furnishings. In-room amenities include LED flat-screen TV, sound bar and Blue Ray disc player, and luxury bathroom toiletries from San Francisco-based Agraria. Large windows look out to spectacular Bund and river views from most suites. Each comes with 24-hour Residential Butler service and there is a dedicated Concierge Lounge.
The 252 Waldorf Astoria Tower guest rooms and suites feature walk-in closets, marble bathrooms with LED TV in the mirror, and designer amenities, as well as a separate sitting area and sizeable desk with full connections and complimentary Internet access, and a service area with coffee and tea making facilities, fully-stocked mini bar and amenities.
The 260sqm Presidential Suite offers two grand bedrooms, a living room for hosting guests, a private lounge, full-service kitchen, a dining room and a study area.
Waldorf Astoria's six restaurants and bars have already become a magnet for sophisticated dining and socialising in Shanghai. Pelham's in the original building has been stunningly designed on a New York theme, adding the theatrical element of a show kitchen where chefs create a menu of fine classical French-inspired cuisine complemented by a walk-in wine display of more than 500 fine wines and vintage Champagnes. The Grand Brasserie takes guests on an all-day gastronomic journey of the finest international cuisines. It also serves a weekday set lunch menu for stylish riverside business lunches, and Shanghai's most extravagant Sunday Brunch. Beautifully styled with a collection of Chinese furnishings and objets d'art, Wei Jing Ge serves authentic regional Chinese delicacies, including Shanghainese, Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisines.
Once again a great Shanghai institution, the legendary 1930s drinking club, The Long Bar has been meticulously recreated from archive photographs and features a replica of the famed 34-metre bar counter as well as a separate Oyster Bar. With its distinctive décor, old photographs of Shanghai and colonial memorabilia, this is the perfect place for business entertainment and elegant but relaxed gatherings with an array of fine wines, spirits, malt whiskies and premium Cuban cigars.
Afternoon Tea has also become a Waldorf Astoria institution and there can be no better place to enjoy this refined tradition than Peacock Alley a charming variation of its namesake at the Waldorf-Astoria New York, complete with Parisian drapes, Chinese chests and comfortable armchairs. Meanwhile, the sumptuous Salon de Ville is an elegant and historic salon overlooking the Bund which takes guests back to a more genteel era of silver tiered trays bearing exquisite sweet and savoury delicacies, English and Chinese teas, or flutes of champagne, in what is now the Waldorf Astoria's signature 'Red Velvet Afternoon Tea;.
For guests seeking to relax or recharge during their stay in Shanghai, the Waldorf Spa (Estimated opening in late 2012) is located in the Waldorf Astoria Tower and features an indoor heated lap pool with surrounding lounge area, and a steam room and sauna. Skilled spa consultants offer a range of premium health and beauty treatments in relaxed privacy. On the same level, the Fitness Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular machines and exercise equipment.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is now the city's finest address for Conferences and Meetings. The historic European-style ballroom offers versatile configurations for a variety of large and small events, with floor-to-ceiling French windows opening onto Shanghai's famous waterfront promenade, The Bund. Also in the original building, two smaller ballrooms and six private rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and can host a range of events, including seminars, board meetings, brand launches or VIP hospitality. The landscaped courtyard located between the old and new wings of the Waldorf Astoria, features manicured greenery and charming fountains, and is an ideal choice for al fresco receptions and events in the warmer months.
The elegant and historic setting with its spectacular backdrop of The Bund, breathtaking views, exquisite cuisine and superior service make the new Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund the perfect location for a magical wedding. The Waldorf Weddings service provides a team of experienced wedding consultants and dedicated wedding butlers who will help plan every single detail of that very special day. Whether for a chic and stylish event or a classic and traditional one, the Waldorf Astoria is destined to become Shanghai's most sought-after wedding venue.
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