The megacity of Shanghai adds another property to its glittering skyline with the opening of its own St. Regis. Founded by American John Jacob Astor IV, the brand now has a total of nine properties in China, which includes hotels in Beijing, Shenzhen, and Chengdu.
Called the St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, the 436-room hotel is owned and managed by B.M. Holding, and offers an elegant experience for guests by combining modernity and tradition. Guests can expect the same offerings that the brand has long been known for. There’s the St. Regis Butler Service, where each guest is assigned his own butler who attends to his needs during his entire stay at the property. The hotel also comes with the brand’s signature Iridium Spa, which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, a massive indoor pool, and a gym that’s open round-the-clock.
Not to be missed is the St. Regis Bar, which serves the world-renowned concoction Bloody Mary, said to have been invented by bartender Fernand Petiot and first became famous in New York’s King Cole Bar. As with any St. Regis property, Shanghai offers its own take in the famed drink. Called Mary Jing, its ingredients include preserved figs infused in vodka and dried Osmanthus flowers. Similar to its Singapore counterpart, Shanghai Jingan will also serve as a haven for the works of leading artists, such as Dale Chihuly, whose five glass sculptures will adorn the property’s public areas.
The hotels rooms, which include 66 lavish suites and 55 residences, take their design inspiration from magnificent English and Chinese palaces. Chinese calligraphy and paintings were carefully chosen and placed in each sleeping quarter, which also offers panoramic views of the city. The showpiece, of course, is the three-bedroom, three-story, 650-square meter Presidential Suite. Obviously designed for VIPs and celebrities, it has its own living room, full kitchen, and a glass ceiling that gives guests the opportunity to see the sky before they visit dreamland.
For gourmands, the hotel offers several dining destinations. Those craving for an authentic Japanese experience can head over to Seki-tei, which has a live cooking teppanyaki station. Guests seeking more personalized menus can visit Bespoke where the hotel’s master chefs whip up their creations. Other options include Chinese restaurant Yan Ting and brunch eatery Social. Meanwhile, the Drawing Room serves the hotel’s impressive line up of teas.
Located on West Beijing Road in the Jingan District, or otherwise known as the cultural and business center of Shanghai, the hotel provides its guests with direct access to the city’s landmarks. Shopaholics can easily get their retail fix by traveling to malls such as Plaza 66, Shanghai Center, and Nanjing Road. The property is also a five-minute walk from the Shanghai Natural History Museum, and a short drive away from the Jingan Temple and the 400-year-old Yu Garden.