WHILE popular among briefcase-toting business travelers, Shanghai is often overlooked as a leisure destination.
But the populous city isn’t just a place to ink those billion dollar deals; shopping arcades, parks, and plenty of outdoor activities abound for families and adventurous couples too.
Here are a few hotels in Shanghai from where visitors can easily plan short trips out to some of the metropolis’ landmark attractions and sites.
Shanghai Marriott Hotel Riverside – located along the Huangpu River of the Huangpu district – is a great contact point from which to venture to local attractions. While the financial districts of Pudong and Puxi are within easy access, so are a host of leisure sites.
After a series of grueling meetings, choose from contemporary Red Zen, a lunch-and-dinner outlet offering affordable, home-style Japanese dishes with a Chinese twist, or the elegant Blue Moon, a Chinese restaurant perfect for lavish course meals and group dining, with nine private dining rooms able to seat up to 12 guests.
If you’re in search of all-day options, drop by City Bistro any time for a meal and bonus views of the Huangpu river or while some hours away with delicious teatime snacks at the Lobby Lounge. Yu Bar on the 28th and 29th floor is great for those looking to kick back with dinner and a tipple whilst overlooking breathtaking views of the city.
On top of that, treat your limbs to a luxurious session at Touch Spa for a dose of European and oriental health knowledge. Massages, couple’s packages, and customized men’s services are available as well. Read more…
Located near People’s Square, Shanghai’s pulse of commerce, the Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World is a beacon of modernity and development in the metropolis. The 208-meter structure looms over its peers in the skyline, a captivating display of twinkling lights when the sun goes down.
The entry-level Superior Room is functional with your choice of city or park view complete with broadband connectivity, 24-hour in-room dining, satellite TV, and a spacious work area. To up the comfort, opt for the Executive Suite which includes a living room and dressing area.
The Presidential Suite takes it up a notch with a sunken lounge room featuring a large LDC television, a stereo system, and an eight-seater dining table – ideal for entertaining business luncheons or mingling with friends over cocktails. After a long day, unwind in your private Jacuzzi tub.
Those traveling for business can also seek out meeting rooms and spaces, all which are equipped with audio-visual technology, broadband Internet, stationery kits, on-site IT specialists for technical support, as well as flip charts and whiteboards with markers.
In the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui financial and trade section of the prestigious Pudong District is Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, marked as ideal for both business and leisure travelers. On top of views of the ever-changing Shanghai cityscape and the Huangpu River, the hotel is also a short stroll from many of the city’s landmarks.
The rooms – across all categories – are relatively larger than most others in Shanghai, with the entry-level Superior City View Room clocking in an impressive 43 square meters. While well appointed, rooms are also contemporary and stylish with grey tones and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The stunning Imperial Suite is a whopping 245 square meters with private check-in and check-out services, a separate dining room, a large meeting and dining room, a bar area, butler service, access to the Executive Lounge, and best of all, a 180-degree view of the Huangpu River.
For an elegant round-table Cantonese meal, head to Suntime Century for an exciting course meal made with premium ingredients. If you’re after something a little more casual, Acqua dishes out familiar pasta and pizza classics.
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