The St. Regis Shanghai: Getting Down To Business In Luxury

Sleep in style

With an abundance of five-star properties sprinkled all over the city, Shanghai is not short of fine accommodation. Now that Olympic attention on Beijing has been diverted elsewhere, Shanghai is preparing itself for its own moment in the spotlight, the 2010 World Expo. Expect big things.

The luxury of fine details is part of the St. Regis excperience

The St. Regis Shanghai is one of them. The hotel’s location immediately sets it apart from its competitors. Located in what is still a relatively quiet part of Pudong away from the traffic of the riverfront, the St. Regis offers return visitors to Shanghai an excellent place to settle in and get to business. The hotel’s Pudong location makes for a short taxi ride to Pudong International Airport and an even shorter one to the Maglev train station for the exhilaration of acceleration in the form of a 430kph rail experience available only in Shanghai.

By day or by night, The St. Regis stands out in the Shanghai skyline

The St. Regis Shanghai delivers all one expects from a top urban hotel. The accommodation itself is comfortable and well decorated in a conservative style, with suites providing separate work and sleeping areas. Staff are very friendly and efficient, and a warm welcome is extended from the moment guests enter the impressively chic lobby. The building’s unusual profile cuts a distinctive silhouette on the streetscape and makes the hotel easy to spot from afar. The top is meant to resemble a leaf; the hotel’s owner also owns interests in the agricultural sector and this was a way to recognise a connection to his other businesses.

The Imperial Suite is one of the most sumptuous in Shanghai

Best of all are the rooms themselves. After all, that is what we need, a comfortable place to sleep, preferably in stylish surroundings. The St. Regis rooms and suites provide these and a lot more; the dual-entry bathrooms are spacious and luxurious, and the Executive Suites are virtual private apartments in their home-like atmospheres.

The St Regis pool

At the top of the hotel is Shanghai’s best Italian restaurant, Danieli’s. If you are expecting red and white checkered tablecloths, think again. Danieli’s is Italian with class and its extremely creative chef, Teo Chiaravalloti, brings nuances of flavour to his dishes with aplomb, if not a plum—though both may turn up on the plate on any given day. Danieli’s Italian restaurant offers delicious dishes all the time, but its Sunday Italian brunch dazzles the hungry visitor even in a city full of excellent restaurants, Danieli’s stands out as THE place to go in Shanghai for Italian cuisine.

Source = Mr. eTraveller
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