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Hotel Highlights

  • Indigo's iconic Huangpu River location, with views of the Bund and Pudong
  • The sexy rooftop bar and well-respected restaurant, Char
  • The design of the bathrooms, or ‘wet rooms’, some with stunning views

Overview

From red rickshaws in the lobby to murals of Yuyuan Gardens in its rooms, the big-brand boutique Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund hits all the right local design notes. But first be prepared for your eyes to be dragged to the jaw-dropping views of the Bund, Huangpu River and Pudong skyline. For maximum mega-wattage head up to the acclaimed Char restaurant and sexy rooftop bar.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund with us:

A glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne each in Char bar on arrival, plus welcome amenities in-room

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund

Breakfast offer Advance purchase: breakfast offer Advance booking: 10% off Advance booking: 15% off two-night stays

Facilities

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Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund – Shanghai – China

Need To Know

Rooms

184, including 23 suites.

Check–out

Midday. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $192.04 (CNY1,180), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast.

Also

Gym junkies will love that their programmes don’t need to be disrupted. FIT is a state-of-the-art gym where you can hit the treadmill while gawping at Pudong across the river. Private tai chi and yoga classes are available on request.

At the hotel

Concierge, WiFi throughout, library, DVD library, gym, on-site parking. In rooms: minibar, TV and DVD player, iPod dock.

Our favourite rooms

Oh, those vistas. The Premier Bund Pudong View Rooms are perched high on the corner of the building, so you look up the river and along the Bund, as well as over to the futuristic Pudong skyline. Add to that the bathroom, where a deep, freestanding tub faces floor-to-ceiling windows. Splurging? The dark glamour and expansive terrace of the Deco Bund Terrace Suite are extremely enticing.

Poolside

The indoor swimming pool on the seventh floor has spectacular views of Pudong. Chill out on the Fanta-orange sunloungers spread out on the wooden deck.

Packing tips

Your interest in contemporary Chinese art may be piqued by the installations in the communal areas, so a book such as Richard Vine’s New China New Art might make good plane reading. An electronic translator may also help you get around.

Also

Smoking rooms (30) are available on the eighth, ninth and 19th floors.

Children

Welcome: extra beds can be set up in Premier Bund Pudong View rooms and suites for CNY550 a night. Baby cots can be added to rooms free of charge.

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Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel recycles and is part of the Green Engage sustainability programme.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund – Shanghai – China

Hotel Restaurant

The 29th-floor Char has caused quite a stir with Shanghai scenesters. This chic space with exposed brick walls is again dominated by those straight-out-of-Blade Runner views. Australian chef Julie Donohoe, who was previously at Sydney’s Billy Kwong, has created a menu of chargrilled seafood and Australian steaks, as well as updated classics – a Caesar salad with pancetta and crispy quail eggs, for example. Downstairs on the sixth floor is the casual, all-day café Quay. The breakfast served here has an excellent selection of both eastern and western dishes, including a great egg station.

 

Hotel Bar

Part of sophisticated Char, the bar has a sweeping terrace. For those who verge on the vertiginous, there’s an indoor lounge where some of the city’s best DJs ply their trade on the weekend. The bar staff can whip up a magical martini or stunning sangria, plus there’s an extensive list of wines from around the world.

 

Last orders

Breakfast in Quay is served between 6.30am and 10.30am, although it’s open right through until 11pm. Dinner at Char is served till then as well.

Room service

Available 24 hours with a wide range of dishes, from burgers to noodles and grilled fish.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Got a booking at Char? Glam it up, baby. You’re in a country where label love is rife. To paraphrase St Augustine, when in Shanghai…

Top table

It’s all about the view, so ensure you snare a window seat.

Local Guide

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Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund – Shanghai – China
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s plenty to do within walking distance of the hotel. The Bund itself is a stretch of architecturally significant buildings, many from the art deco era, along the Huangpu River. Cruises lasting from 30 minutes to three hours are a great way to view the waterfront. They leave from Shiliupu Dock, just near the hotel – ask the concierge for details and to make a booking for you.

 

The Cool Docks (thecooldocks.com) is a replica of Shanghai’s old quarter at the far south end of the Bund. Worth a wander to check out its boutiques, restaurants and bars – there’s even the man-made Sunny Beach.

 

Ten minutes’ walk away is Yu Garden & Bazaar. Established in 1559, it is one of the best examples of a classical garden in Shanghai – a cluster of Ming and Qing dynasty buildings has restaurants as well as shops selling Chinese art and souvenirs.

 

If shopping is your thing, you can’t miss the crowded aisles of Dongtai Road Antique Market. A lot of the stuff you’ll see is reproduction, but you can sometimes find a genuine antique and it’s the place to visit if you’re after repro propaganda posters. It’s a five-minute taxi ride from the hotel.

Local restaurants

The Bund is littered with excellent places to eat and party. Run by Australian expat chef Michelle Garnaut, M on the Bund (+86 (0)21 6350 9988; www.m-restaurantgroup.com) is one of those places that keeps on keeping on, attracting famous faces from Richard Branson to Giorgio Armani since 1999. The glamorous room overlooks the shimmering Bund, as does the roof terrace; the contemporary menu spans flavours from the Middle East to Provence. A long table seating up to a 100 guests – a tradition from the Hani tribe in Yunnan – is the centrepiece of the glam red-hued Lost Heaven (+86 (0)21 6330 0967; www.lostheaven.com.cn). The menu features the dishes and ingredients of Yunnan, Burma and Laos. For a little bit of French fancy in this part of Shanghai, head to the elegant Jean-Georges (+86 (0)21 6321 7733; www.jean-georges.com) at Three on the Bund, where classic Gallic dishes are adapted with Asian flavours – so much better for the climate than cream-based sauces.

 

Local bars

Wine can be notoriously expensive in Asia, but HOW: House of Wine (+86 (0)21 3366 4788; www.threeonthebund.com) is a relaxed space tucked away at Three on the Bund, specialising in French drops starting at very reasonable by-the-glass prices. Of course, you can go mad if you want. Set within the historic Peace Hotel, the Jazz Bar (+86 (0)21 6321 6888; www.peacehotel.com.cn) is an only-in-Shanghai venue. The jazz band that plays here – with an average age older than 75 – is the most famous in the city, and the cocktail list is based on what was on offer back in the Twenties and Thirties.

 

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Bund-side beauty

Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund

585 Zhong Shan Dong Er Road, Huangpu Area, Shanghai

Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund is located on the Huangpu River at the southern end of the city’s historic Bund.

Planes

International visitors will most likely fly in to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (www.shanghaiairport.com), the 20th busiest airport in the world, 45 kilometres away. The nearest airport is Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, serviced by China Eastern Airlines, Asiana, All Nippon Airways, Korean Air and domestic airlines.

Trains

Shanghai Railway Station is the main terminus of the Beijing–Shanghai railway line – you can also catch trains to and from Guangzhou, Kunming, Xian, Nanjing, Kowloon and many other cities. You can book a train ticket from outside China using a ticket agency such as www.chinatripadvisor.com and www.china-train-ticket.com. Shanghai Railway Station can also be reached on Shanghai Metro lines 1, 3 and 4. Although it’s only a few kilometres from the station to the hotel, due to the city’s traffic the journey can take 30 minutes in a taxi.

Automobiles

The hotel has on-site parking, but we don’t recommend driving in Shanghai.

Reviews

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Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund – Shanghai – China

Anonymous review

by Si Si Penaloza , Pleasure-seeking scribe

Whether you're rabidly amorous (moi) or reluctantly romantic (Mr Smith), Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund simmers with sensual opportunity. For starters, on our first night at the bar, Mr Smith remarks that my mouth reminds him of ‘a blooming opium poppy’. Haute heavens, am I wearing a new Chanel shade? Ah, my lips may be nude but the hue in the room is flush scarlet. Score one f…
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Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund

Anonymous review by Si Si Penaloza, Pleasure-seeking scribe

Whether you're rabidly amorous (moi) or reluctantly romantic (Mr Smith), Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund simmers with sensual opportunity. For starters, on our first night at the bar, Mr Smith remarks that my mouth reminds him of ‘a blooming opium poppy’. Haute heavens, am I wearing a new Chanel shade? Ah, my lips may be nude but the hue in the room is flush scarlet. Score one for Indigo's lighting design.

Hitting the scene in 2011, Hotel Indigo boasts an enviable location in this vivid metropolis of 23 million on the scenic Huangpu River, where we watch Willy Wonka-worthy leisure cruises power past oafish industrial barges. The Bund, Shanghai's most iconic artery, lies below, fringed by the historic Shiliupu Dock, Bladerunner-esque skyscrapers of Pudong rising on the opposite riverbank. Steps away are the Cool Docks, a trendy assembly of cafés and bars frequented by the young and the strapless.

While the city's neverending building boom may be a bane to some privacy-seeking couples, I'm not throwing in the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign yet. Hotel Indigo feels like a low-density haven, offering a beautifully balanced way of life energising breakfast smoothies and dollhouse-cute Apple stations with the latest Mac gear. It’s posh enough to be precious but relaxed enough to put anyone (under 65) at ease. Just that wee bit quirky, sweeping you into the spirit from the get-go with a welcome cup of hot chocolate. An artisanal hub of playful magnetism, the lobby houses a restored rickshaw alongside contemporary installations and a revolving curation of local artists. The attentive multilingual stable of bright young things never misses a beat. 

On entering our Deluxe Bund Pudong View Room, Mr Smith marvels at the vast array of porcelain and ceramic vessels in which to brew Bund Tea Company sachets, while I nod in approval at the 42-inch flatscreen TV, Bose sound system, iPhone-iPod dock and charger. Of the 184 Indigo rooms, including 23 suites, a majority offer striking views of the Pudong skyline. Interiors emphasise traditional Shanghainese rugs, silk lamps and bamboo sofa-desks with a 21st-century twist, all backdropped by archival photos blown up into a wallpaper mural of nearby Yuyuan Garden. The design scheme inhales deeply from the local Old Town district, using Shikumen bricks to give a sense of place.

From a ‘mix me a Martini’ Bombay Sapphire blue to a red-light district ‘come hither’ scarlet, the mood lighting is genius. In this cinematic setting Mr Smith’s chiseled looks take on a seductive power, worthy of a Wong Kar-Wai film.

But, let's get back to brass tacks. The measure of an ideal make-out suite all comes down to a sublime bed. Hotel Indigo's are a king-size study in wedded, bedded bliss. Once you slither in, there's no going back – the sheets, buttery and crisp, are simply delicious. 

If roses, cupids and hearts revolt you, then this place should be up your alley. Great romantic hotels are a delicate balance of familiarity, exotica and intrigue. Accordingly, the hotel sets up whimsical environments where the everyday and the unexpected stand cheek by jowl. Case in point: cuddling up to watch the infamous Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams kiss in The Notebook gets predictable, but reliving it in the screening pod's widescreen glory is an entirely new proposition. The pods are basically futuristic love nests, ‘if the nest was designed by the lovechild of Karim Rashid and Mariko Mori,’ muses Mr Smith. 

A brimming bowl of fresh popcorn can be yours if you reserve one of the two complimentary pods for private use. Staffers remain on standby to ferry over food and drink. We spend most of the first day in bed, interrupted only by outings to the sixth-floor library and adjacent pod for three episodes of Downton Abbey, then onto more horizontal hedonism with two nearby free reclining massage chairs, with more settings than a space shuttle. Tucked away side by side in a remote corner, Mr Smith and I are able to ooh and ahh to our hamstrings' content.

A superb 17-metre swimming pool offers backstroke heaven the next morning, my arms windmilling as I take in the glass atrium and soothing jade light features. A well-equipped gym keeps Mr Smith occupied while I float off the jet-lag.

With the Opposite House and the Upper House as my gold standard for small hotels in China's urban capitals, my palate is initially wary of imitators – big-brand franchises in boutique clothing. Refreshingly, Hotel Indigo on the Bund shows me its own voice and distinct flavour, most notably, from Char on the 30th floor. From this vantage point, the entire city is laid out like an endless electric carpet. There are few more drool-worthy settings for a cozy glass of pinot noir, followed by no-nonsense, beautifully crafted steak and seafood. The Aussie-inspired resto offers plenty of made-for-sharing dishes well suited to romance – from oyster towers to a whole black cod served on a painter's palette plate with star anise sauce and paintbrushes, giving lovers artistic licence over presentation.

Using the highest quality imported Australian beef Blackmore's wagyu, Cape Grim Tasmanian grass-fed T-bone and Tajima fillet – executive chef Julie Donohoe is in her element. We decide on one of the house specialties 1KG Stockyard Tomahawk 70-day grain-fed young rib fillet served with a dramatically long rib bone. The juice level borders on obscene while the succulent marbling melts in the mouth. Mr Smith enjoys Char's steak knife selection process, while I obsess over table-side artisanal salts and mustards. Less formal all-day dining is available at Quay, serving a cross-section of Shanghainese and Western fare. 

Hotel Indigo's opiate may lie in its frisky charms, but what's undeniable is the irreverent blend of old-world emblems and futuristic energy, where even new-world steaks get old-school sexy.

 

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund's Guestbook below.

 

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We loved

I loved the design of the rooms, reception, etc. The decor was very creative, and it felt very edgy. The shower room was fantastic!

Rating: 8/10 stars