Arriving at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Shanghai, I was transported from the hectic hustle and bustle of Shanghai streets to a composed world of luxury and elegance. The hotel’s gorgeous signature scent flooded my senses, abolishing the lingering smell that populates the city. Was I was entering a dream?!
From the very first minute our taxi driver dropped us at the entrance, I immediately fell in love with the Waldorf! The gleaming white interiors, sparkling chandeliers and accommodating staff instantly greeted us with a welcoming smile. The ambiance was relaxed yet stylish and classy, complemented by the beautiful floral centerpieces throughout the hotel.With two entrances, one off the main road that lines the Bund and another two blocks back, the hotel is housed across two buildings. One is the glorious old Shanghai Club — an opulent European styled building on the main boulevard, and the other –a newer tower just behind.
The hotel’s location is prime to some of Shanghai’s best restaurants, bars and attractions, which are conveniently along the road. I loved roaming closeby, wandering along, admiring the incredible architecture of the buildings and jaw-dropping skyline over the Huangpu River! I could have been mistaken for thinking I was actually in a European city instead of the middle of China!Upon checking in, our butler led us to our room. Strolling along the long corridor seperating the rooms, old paintings were enclosed in gorgeous frames, with silver wallpaper and cute little lamps lining the way. Every detail down to the carpet was executed thoughtfully.
Entering our suite, I was absolutely blown away! It featured two decadent marble walled bathrooms, a spacious sitting room, a mini office desk space, walk in wardrobe and a heavenly bedroom.A foyer opened into a stunning lounge room styled with plush armchairs, elegant lamps, giant TV and a fireplace with cute vases lining the mantle. The suite was equipped with everything one could possibly need and more! A gorgeous old wooden desk, Nespresso machine, stocked minibar, and enough wardrobe space to put Carrie Bradshaw to shame on holiday!Our four poster bed had to be the best part! With white drapery decorating the wooden frame, I jumped onto the bed and sunk into the mound of pillows. I was oblivious to the busy world outside, housed in the soothing confines of my luscious bed and glorious suite! I was happy to never leave!A knock at the door, welcomed a butler loaded with a plentiful collection of goodies that left us salivating! First he brought three jars filled with cookies, lollies and chocolate truffles. A plate lined with six decadent little treats ranging from macarons to chocolate cake! Oh, and some fruit to keep it a tad bit healthy!Feeling peckish we proceeded to the Chinese restaurant Wei Jing Ge within the hotel for their Dim Sum brunch. The contemporary Chinese restaurant sits in the roof of the hotel’s Club building in a cool loft style room. It had a unique atmosphere with dark sweeping ceilings filled with airy white lanterns hanging delicately, picturesque Chinoiserie art decorating the room, and stylish place settings on the tables.Every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm the restaurant hosts an unlimited dim sum brunch for 248RMB or $50AU. One can pick from a range of Cantonese delicacies created by their chef, prepared with the utmost quality and executed to perfection.
The menu includes a range of traditional Chinese dishes, such as crispy spring rolls and fresh steamed greens served with oyster sauces and dusted with garlic bits.Other dishes included radish cake, freshly made dumplings, flaky pastry filled meat parcels as well as light and fluffy steamed pork buns.I loved the steamed dumplings filled with a mix of mince and herbs encased in a light silky wonton wrapper. These little babies lay in a bed of soy sauce and were topped with crushed peanuts. Suffice to say, we were full by the end!
The Grand Brasserie is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or their celebrated Sunday brunch. The breakfast spread offered a wide arrangement of foods, including Western classics and traditional Chinese dishes. An impressive pastry selection, vibrant selection of fresh fruit on a bed of ice, eggs, bacon and hot food items, cereals, sashimi, cured meats and made to order menu proved to die for!I enjoyed the French toast made by their chef and presented at the table. A pretty little plate of sweetness popping with cubes of melon, was finished with an amazing vanilla bean infused cream. After breakfast, you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day!The hotel features an impressive gym and pool facility, as well as the Peacock Alley lounge, Grand Brasserie and French restaurant Pelham’s. Peacock Alley lounge is an elegantly furnished lounge where you can enjoy a treasure trove of sweets, high tea or bubbly Champagne from their marble mirrored bar.The hotel’s signature bar Long Bar, is a beautiful room filled with old world character. This was once the longest bar in the world back when the building used to house to the renowned Shanghai Club. It’s a cool place to hang out and listen to some jazz on a Saturday night!
I highly recommend visiting the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund if you travel to Shanghai to see what ultimate luxury looks like! Even if you can’t stay at the hotel, be sure to visit the famous Long Bar for a drink!
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
2 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Shanghai, China
I Ate My Way Through stayed as guests of the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai