The legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel is now in Shanghai. Located on the famous Bund in Shanghai and housed in the former Shanghai Club, the most exclusive and prestigious club in Shanghai originally built in 1911, this is the first Waldorf Astoria Hotel in China.
The hotel opens in two stages. The Waldorf Astoria Club opens first in the former Shanghai Club building which is one of the finest neo-classic architectural gems along Shanghai’s waterfront. The Club’s 20 suites, many with views of the Bund, is decorated in classic European style. The two restaurants include the Long Bar, built based on the bar at The Shanghai Club, and a ballroom that overlooks the Bund. The second building, The New Tower, which opens later this year, adds another 249 rooms to the hotel. It will also have two restaurants, a lounge, indoor heated pool, health club, spa, library and meeting rooms.
The Waldorf Astoria Club is designed and restored based on archival photographs and historic records to invoke the “spirit and romance” of the glory days of The Shanghai Club with neo-classic interior and colonial-inspired furnitures accented with Chinese antiques. The hotel also brought back the Long Bar, which was once known to gauge patrons’ social status based on where they stood along the bar.
“Ultimate design of the Waldorf Astoria Club delivers an unhurried feel of refined indulgence; as timeless today as it would have been a century ago, and able to stand next to the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue on equal footing,” said Ian Carr, principal of design consultancy HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, “In its rebirth as the Waldorf Astoria Club, Number 2 The Bund is again an address associated with high style, gracious civility like its cherished predecessor – a bastion of civility and style with the finest luxury experiences in Shanghai.”
Rates for the Waldorf Astoria Club suites start at 7500 CNY, or about $1,105 USD a night and reservations are being taken for September 15 and beyond.
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