Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund
- Style Contemporary-Chinese crossover
- Setting Bund-side beauty
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 184, including 23 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $224.02 (CNY1,360), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
- More details Rates usually exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Concierge, WiFi throughout, library, DVD library, gym, on-site parking. In rooms: minibar, TV and DVD player, iPod dock.
- 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.
- Check–out Midday. Check-in, 2pm.
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.
- Eco‐friendly The hotel recycles and is part of the Green Engage sustainability programme.
- Also Smoking rooms (30) are available on the eighth, ninth and 19th floors.
In the know
- 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.
- 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 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.
Food and drink at Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details