SHANGHAI - Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund was honored with a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award at the 2012 Shanghai Inaugural Ratings Award Ceremony on April 25, 2012. The list has defined the industry's highest standard for excellence in hospitality for over 50 years. As a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai is one of only two hotels to receive this coveted award in Shanghai, joining an elite group of 59 Five-Star Hotels worldwide.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund embodies the spirit and legacy of the original Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. Occupying a beautiful 1910 neoclassical building and modern annexe on Shanghai's historic Bund waterfront, its 260 magnificently appointed accommodations, plus six stylish dining and lounging venues, combine vintage European splendor with peerless service and indulgent residential comforts.
"We are thrilled to be recognized with a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating. Each day, we strive to provide our guests with a level of satisfaction based on the 'gold standard' set by Forbes Travel Guide, and perpetuate the legendary gracious hospitality that is synonymous with the Waldorf Astoria brand in Shanghai," said Simeon John Olle, GM of Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.
Shane O'Flaherty, President of Global Ratings and Inspections said: "The 2012 ratings mark the first time Forbes Travel Guide has evaluated and recognized the hospitality industry in Shanghai, China, and in a short period of time Shanghai has captured the minds and the hearts of our inspection team as the properties have not only performed exceptionally well, but the destination as a whole is truly one of the most exciting cities in the world."
Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Mobil Star ratings and certifications system, and has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Its system of inspections and ratings sets it apart as the undisputed authority on the finest hotels, restaurants and spas across the U.S., in Asian markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and now Shanghai, China, with expansion to London, Mexico and the Caribbean in 2013.
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About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 650,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.