SHANGHAI – the center of cool in China – is a city that evokes mystery, decadence, and glamor all at once. A perfect blend of new and old, its towering skyscrapers symbolise today’s success and wealth while other parts of the city are carefully conserved reminders of a colorful history and heritage.
One of the areas that balances the appeal of shiny structures and old-world charm is along the south end of the Huangpu River – in itself a stream that fringes one of the world’s most impressive city skylines. The Bund, a bustling waterfront area that faces Huangpu, is where Shanghai’s pulse beats the loudest.
These days, The Bund is a centerpoint for commerce, entertainment, and culture, making it a prime area for tourists and business travelers. The riverfront boardwalk is also replete with shopping and food options, and you could easily make a day out of scouring the best deals.
Smack in the middle of the action is Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, a trendy property that channels the area’s many highlights and idiosyncrasies. As the only waterfront hotel in the area, one of its best features is an unadulterated view of the Bund and the Pudong district.
A perk of booking into a Hotel Indigo outlet is how every property – whether along the tourist-jammed coast of Bali’s Seminyak, or in the lively district of Sukhumvit in downtown Bangkok – is invariably different from the other. Each hotel takes from local influences and its surrounding neighborhood, all the better for you to “live local”.
In the Shanghai property, inspiration is gathered from the city’s clever juxtaposition of old and new. While you can immerse in local cultures and flavours at The Bund, you can also experience the dizzying pace of the modern metropolis.
The moment you step into the hotel, you’ll notice sculptures and installations in the lobby such as retired rickshaws and shipyard metal reclaimed from the historic Shiliupu Dock. This aesthetic is carried through in each guestroom by way of carefully sourced Shikumen bricks, a spa-like bathroom get-up to reflect Pudong’s skyline, and murals of nearby Yu Garden.
Each room boasts amenities such as cable and satellite TV, a work desk, a tea maker, and free Internet services for all guests. But perhaps the best thing is the view that looks out to an ever-moving Pudong. When the sun goes down, take in the twinkling lights that dot the vertical structures beyond.
Even while working out in the in-house fitness center, the views of the River are glorious. Other facilities in the hotel are designed to make your stay a functional one without smothering you: An indoor pool, a business center, concierge services, and dry-cleaning options.
You’ll especially love the award-winning CHAR on the top three floors of the hotel. Naturally, the views from the peak are spectacular – come up at sunset to witness the Huangpu River and downtown Shanghai where the light catches them best.
Tuck into their signature Wagyu grilled steaks at CHARdining, a dish that bagged the title of “Best Steakhouse” in the city. After a meal of tender meats, head to CHARbar, the accompanying lounge with dreamy panoramas of the Bund and Pudong skylines to leave you feeling truly on top of the world.
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