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Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Named Five-Star Hotel By Forbes Travel Guide

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund named one of two Five-Star Hotels in Shanghai; all winners showcased on the newly launched Forbes Travel Guide website,

May 02, 2012  |  This information originated in U.K. English.

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.

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit

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About Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Star ratings and certifications, has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. In October 2009, Mobil Travel Guide announced a strategic partnership with Forbes Media LLC. This exclusive licensing agreement between two industry leaders with more than 140 years of combined experience transfers the hospitality industry's premier star rating and travel guide brand from ExxonMobil to Forbes. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective proprietary standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions.

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