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Shanghai - The St. Regis Shanghai, China


Ask any international business associate where the next boon will take place, and the popular choice is China . Between Beijing being awarded the Olympic Games in 2008 and a focused effort to make the country for hospitable to travel and tourism, China has become the new frontier for business, capitalism, and leisure. The doorman, so to speak, though, is not Beijing but Shanghai , a massive port city on the alluvial plains of the Yangtze River delta that wears centuries of a sophisticated and seductive tradition. Before the onset of communism in 1949, Shanghai attracted a diverse and at times unsavoury mix of visitors—business tycoons, the idle rich, drug smugglers, swindlers and honest, hard-working folks were common ingredients in the Shanghai melting pot. Today, as the old order becomes a distant memory, Shanghai is dusting off the remnants of its old vibrant glory, again welcoming the world with open arms.

One of the many architectural marvels stretching from the city center to the sky is the Shanghai St. Regis hotel, a decadent symbol of a future Shanghai and the promise and excitement that the city exudes. A perfect first stop to travelers, this impressive edifice beckons guests to the new ‘Gateway to the Orient,’ and to a new order of energetic growth and hospitality. Due to the scope and breadth of the city, owing to massive expansion both before 1949 and in the last decade or so, it is difficult to pinpoint a heart of the city, but the Shanghai St. Regis in the Pudong New Area is positioned as well as one could hope. Easily accessible from the city’s new international airport and state-of-the-art underground railway system, all of Shanghai —the old glory, and the new, if somewhat scattered and unfocused, contemporary traditions—are just a short trip away.  

The rapid economic and business growth taking place in Pudong right now surrounds the 260-room and 48-suite Shanghai St. Regis, a stunning 40-story icon on the city skyline that has garnered its fair share of acclaim since opening in the summer of 2001. That year, FORBES magazine named it the world’s best new business hotel, and the following year Asia Pacific Travel Professionals TTG awarded it the same praise. With 48 square meters of accommodation space in the standard room, the largest of any hotel in the city, and suites to rival the finest condominium living, the St. Regis owes its commendations to providing far more than just a bed for the weary traveler. No detail has been ignored. Each room is equipped with the Herman Miller “Aeron” chair, the only Gold winner in the furniture category of the Best in Business 1990-2000 Designs of the Decade, a BOSE CD Wave Radio system, rainforest shower heads, and custom 900-coil mattresses outfitted with 250-thread-count sheets, and complimentary personal care products from “Kenneth Turner.” Along with elegant room décor designed by the Hong Kong-based Hirsch Bedner Associates, each room is stylish and sophisticated, coloured in rich fabrics, select artwork, and wall-to-wall coverings. Combined with the best broadband access available in Shanghai and beautiful views of the Pudong commercial center, the St. Regis offers a personalized, pampered experience unlike any other in Shanghai .  

As one might expect, the rooms are only the touchstone of the award-winning experience at the St. Regis. The dining is second to none as well, and both Danieli’s and Saints International won best in category in 2002. Danieli’s offers upscale new Italian cuisine on the top floor of the St. Regis, offering the most exquisite atmosphere of any restaurant in the city. Saints offers elegant all-day dining with both an international buffet and a la carte option. For drinks and jazz after a long day meandering about the city, guests head for the Mezzanine Lounge, open nightly until midnight . Authentic Chinese cuisine can be had at Carrianna, or enjoy a drink or some peace of mind in the Executive Lounge and Library, where guests get complimentary cocktails between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily, served by the world-renowned butlers of the St. Regis Butler Service.  

The perks do not end there. As a testament to the St. Regis commitment to provide their guests with an unforgettable service, a host of other complimentary services are available for all the hotel’s guests. Garment pressing, shoe shining service, daily newspapers and fresh fruits, coffee and tea, and access to the hotel’s health club and spa are all added bonuses of a St. Regis stay. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service on the weekends to some of the most interesting sites around Shanghai , including the Yu Yuan Garden and Nanjing Road , where some of the best shopping is to be found. Whether exploring classic Chinese culture or enjoying the thriving atmosphere of a city that is destined to restore its past glory in a futuristic veil, the St. Regis in Shanghai is the conduit to both worlds, and a model for the luxury business hotel in the twenty-first century.

Where to Stay

The St. Regis Shanghai -  - 889 Dong Fang Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, 200122 China - Tel.: (86)(21)5050 4567 - Fax: (86)(21) 6875 6789

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