Hyatt announced earlier this year that it will bring its modern boutique hotel brand Andaz to Shanghai this summer. This is the first Andaz hotel in Asia.
The Andaz Shanghai has not opened, but there are chatters of an August opening.
The 309-room hotel is located in the Xintiandi district in the heart of downtown Shanghai — an area filled with high-end boutiques, restaurants, outdoor cafes, lively nightclubs, and diverse cultural venues, many of which are housed in renovated shikumen—gray-brick townhouses with carved-stone gates from the 1920s. It is also near one of the city’s premier shopping areas – Huai Hai Zhong Road.
Described by its design team as having a “playful” latticework exterior animated by multi-colored LED lighting which is activated randomly once the guests close their blackout shades. Pretty cool.
The Andaz’s L-shaped punched window pattern is abstracted from the Tang Lady — an icon of the Tang Dynasty.
The Andaz Shanghai aims to appeal to leisure travelers with its “resort-style” amenities such as a rooftop wedding chapel, spa, nightclub, restaurants, bar, and retail shops. Three food venues include the lobby bar, Andaz Lounge, an all-day French patisserie, Eclair, and its signature restaurant, Hai Pai, a combo of French bistro and Shanghainese brasserie. Hai Pai hopes to become its own destination restaurant in Shanghai.
“Shanghai has become increasingly influential as a financial and commercial center and is a critically important city for international and in-country travelers and we are excited to introduce the Andaz brand there,” said Steve Haggerty, Global Head of Real Estate and Development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “The addition of the Andaz brand in Shanghai, which has three Hyatt hotels today, marks an important milestone for Andaz and we expect Andaz Shanghai to become the brand’s flagship in the region.
Andaz Shanghai, 88 Songshan Road.
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