Everything that went wrong with my Park Hyatt stay worked perfectly at this Waldorf-Astoria from check in to check out. No wonder why this is ranked as number 2 of all the hotels in Shanghai according to TripAdvisor. I made a reservation for same day arrival using free night certificate, and my reservation was almost instantaneously upgraded to a junior suite.
Unfortunately I don’t have the usual number of photos of this property due to leaving my digital camera to a cab.
The hotel is situated right on the bund. You can take the Maglev train from the airport, and then a metered taxi to hotel. Taxi to the airport should cost around 180 RMB. That’s what I paid when I took a cab from the nearby Fairmont Peace hotel to the airport two weeks prior. The fare from/to the Maglev station is around 40 RMB. Just be careful with the drives that they use the meter. I had a problem with the taxi driver that I took from the Maglev. The cab driver was trying to scam me.
The taxis dropped me off at the front of the hotel on the Bund side. There is a separate hotel entrance on the side street that I was not aware of. Anyway, there were two doormen that quickly radioed my name from the luggage tags to the front desk. This is really how it should work in five star hotels. By the time we got to the front desk, everything was ready and I was just escorted to the suite where the check in formalities i.e. scanning of the passport was done.
Junior Suite 2012
The suite was absolutely stunning. Even though it was called just a junior suite, it could have been as easily classified as an executive suite as well. In addition to the spacious bedroom there was a separate half sized room with a work desk as well.
The fruit display with cherries was the most impressive I have ever received at a Hilton property. In addition there was some hard candy on the other room and selection of desserts on the bedroom next to the television.
I was surprised to find Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Soul bathroom amenities.
Fitness Center / Pool
Fitness center had modern equipment, but was quite small considering the size of the hotel. Same for the pool. The workout facility was not busy when I was there.
The breakfast was very good that is complimentary for Diamond, and most likely for Gold members as well. You had a selection of items that you could order from the ala carte menu and rather extensive buffet.
This was really a very good Hilton family hotel. The service is typically not so great even at “better” hotels in China. My stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Shanghai on the Bund was as perfect as it could have been, however. Wouldn’t hesitate to return and most certainly will.