A timeless blend of Chinese heritage and modernity, the hotel impressed us with its elegant rooms and impeccable butler services.
It seemed about time that Shanghai, a city on the cusp of cutting-edge modernity and rich cultural history, welcomed its own St. Regis property–a venerable hotel brand built upon tradition and a rebellious, innovative streak. Since opening last year, its elegant interiors have enthralled many. For me, it was the seamless combination of traditional English and Chinese palatial styles that caught my eye. A sense of understated royalty is conveyed by the high ceilings in the lobby, gold-trimmed carpets, grand urns of fresh flowers, and glass sculptures by world renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Yet at every turn, there were purposefully placed elements of Chinese art and culture, from calligraphy to handcrafted gold foil paintings.
Renowned for having a presence at the best addresses in the world, it comes as no surprise that St. Regis’ debut in Shanghai is situated in the heart of Jingan Distict, the city’s cultural and business center. As such, guests can expect sweeping city views from the 36th to 68th floors, across 491 guest rooms and suites. I stayed in the Executive Deluxe Room, a spacious abode featuring blue silk walls, tasseled gold curtains, stingray-upholstered work desk, a walk-in closet, 17-inch TV embedded in mirrors, and marble bathrooms complete with a deep-soaking bathtub. Special mention must be given to the bed, which is dressed with 300-thread-count sheets and plush bedding, resulting in a truly luxurious night’s rest.
Dining experiences are St. Regis’ strong suit, and St. Regis Shanghai Jingan doesn’t disappoint with its six distinct restaurants and bars which reflect both international cuisine and local flavors. I was thoroughly satisfied at specialty Chinese restaurant Yan Ting, which serves refined Cantonese cuisine. Its double boiled soups are a must-try, and a source of comfort for cold winter nights. Kickstart your day with a leisurely brunch at Social, an all-day dining buffet spot which features live cooking stations and end it with a nightcap at The St. Regis Bar. The latter is the place to be for after-dinner chatter and social mingling over live music performances. When in doubt, order the refreshing “Mary Jing”, the hotel’s local version of the iconic Bloody Mary cocktail.
During my stay at St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, I was thoroughly pampered by the butler service, a hallmark tradition of the hotel brand. From requesting a hair tie minutes before I was due to attend a gala dinner to having my overflowing luggage packed for my flight home, the butler services were always rendered flawlessly. Apart from trying out the butler service, I also recommend heading to the signature Iridium Spa for a spot of much-needed relaxation. The Chinese massage eased my knots and put me to a blissful sleep–a truly great way of concluding my Shanghai sojourn.
St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, CITS Mansion (Beijing West Road), 1008 Jing’an, Shanghai, China