The Langham Shanghai
Situated on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River, the Langham Xintiandi boasts one of the buzziest places in town, fronting a hundred-year older shikumen neighbourhood now packaged with trendy cafes, pubs, boutiques and restaurants. The parks and museums which surround People’s Square are a 10-minute wander off. Huangpi South Road subway station sits right across the street which makes it a cinch to venture additional afield.
Style & personality
Drift about the scent of ginger lily to the modish lobby — all white marble flooring, sugar cherry stalls, egg seats and lively contemporary Chinese art (Chairman Mao wearing angel wings and rows of ‘blessed’ horses galloping up columns). Well-heeled locals flow in and out all day – to get java on the road side patio, afternoon tea at the lobby and electricity dining table at three Michelin-starred Tang Court – maintaining the air convivial.
Service & amenities
The team are an amiable bunch, always available to purchase you an Uber from Chinese, escort you to the closest ATM or indicate the most recent pub to be see and be viewed in. Facilities are plentiful; a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool, a huge gym and also the Chuan Spa, a creamy candlelit sanctuary tucked away on the lower degrees offering remedies based around the five components of Wu Xing — wood, fire, water, metal and earth.
Broad amber-hued guest rooms have buttery leather design seats, posies of new flowers, flash baths (all sliding doors, Toto bathrooms and Chuan spa comforts) and mesmerising city viewpoints juxtaposing the squat red rooftops of Xintiandi with Shanghai’s growing forest of skyscrapers. Lighting and drapes are run by touch-button panels as well as the speedy Wi-Fi joins without needing passwords that are annoying. This was also the only hotel in Shanghai in which I experienced a perfect VPN service, permitting access to the net.
Food & beverage
Michelin came in southern China for the first time in September 2016 and Tang Court was the only real restaurant in the nation to be awarded three Michelin stars. Obviously, it is one that you won’t want to overlook. If you can not get a desk (we suggest you reserve for dim sum at least a couple weeks until you arrive), then there’s always Cachet, that provides all-day dining both inside and outside. Once dark, lounge on the patio in XTD Elevated gawping in the skyscrapers above.
Value for cash
Double rooms from RMB 1,836 (#188), space only; RMB 2,449 (#250), B&B. Prices are year round. Club Lounge access prices another RMB 669 (#71) each area. Wi-Fi is also included.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes; you will find just two wheelchair-adapted rooms out there.
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