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After a great flight on American’s retrofit 772 ( with Zodiac not B/E Super Diamond seats) we were ready to hit the MagLev and high speed train ourselves into Shanghai. If you’re visiting Shanghai for the first time, the MagLev ( Magnetic Levitation) is a must do. The station is attached to PVG, takes maybe 10 minutes to walk to from the actual airport, and is just flat out cool. It’ll drop you off at Longyang road station and depending on the day…you’ll travel between 186 mph and 267mph. Originally, we were going to stay at the Intercontinental Ruijin for 3 nights, but my Ambassador free night cert didn’t arrive on time, and we pivoted to the Andaz Shanghai.
A word to the wise – have currency. Hailing a taxi near Longyang is a bit tricky, and we just sort of winged it without currency. Our driver took us past an atm, but we ended up paying about $50 for what should have been a $8 cab ride. Either lost in translation ( he did seem absolutely elated with the money we gave him) or he ripped us off. Either way…we made it to the Andaz 🙂 It’s roughly 45 mins in the cab ( so $50 didn’t seem that crazy until we did the return trip ).
- When: November 2017
- Where: Shanghai, Xintiandi
- Cost: 15k per night + 1 Chase Free night cert
- Upgrade: none
- Status: Explorist, World of Hyatt
- Benefits: Each night snacks and drinks.
Andaz properties as a whole
Oh, where to begin. I’ve stayed at my share of Andaz properties, and every time I’m usually underwhelmed. They are sexy and cool and minimalist, and each of those things I never really identify with, soooooooo why do I choose to stay at them? Well, because they are sexy and cool, and it always seems like a good idea, especially when they have a good deal on points 😉 The Andaz Shanghai is exactly that…cool and sexy and only 15k points per night. Or a Hyatt free night cert. How can you say no? 🙂
Andaz Shanghai is in Xintiandi – an upscale shopping and dining area that is about 45 minutes walk to The Bund. I found it to be a dope spot, and while I haven’t stayed in Pudong, having visited the Park Hyatt and Grand Hyatt…I’d prefer this location over it. With that said…Hyatt on the Bund looks very interesting, and someplace I’d like to check out on a return trip.
Arrival and check in
Check in is off to the right, and feels as much like a normal check in as I’ve experienced at an Andaz. Andaz must think having a counter and queueing up is not cool, so Andaz doesn’t have what we’ve all come to expect as “check-in.” Andaz West Hollywood is the absolute worst, but this one at least makes it clear where you’re supposed to go, and potentially who is in front of you waiting.
The room was a good size, and has this lighting feature that allows you to change the rooms vibe via color. The bathroom was easily one of the coolest, entry level, bathroom I’ve been in.
The shower/tub was this rock formation integrated with a plastic wrapped, color changing, soaker tub with a rain shower. A button on the wall changed the color of the sink, shower, and more than likely your aura. Toilet…multi feature, bum warming, wand squirting heaven. I also love the provided amenity kits. One of the many things US hotels could adopt from Asia.
The Evening drinks and canapes
Beer. Wine. A few warm dishes, and a few cold. Nothing to write home about, and certainly not a meal replacement. Both nights we ended up ordering food in addition to the “happy hour”
The stay was good. Considering neither Dave, nor I are big Andaz fans, I found the stay to be perfectly fine. Both he and I are more luxury with a club level folk so if you like the Andaz branding, you’ll enjoy your stay. Staff were superb ( even ordering us a Didi – Chinese Uber) and cared for us. So for me…it’s more a style and vibe thing, but it was a great redemption, and in a good location.
Would I come back, and would I stay here. Yes I would, but I’d prefer to check at the Hyatt on the Bund. While it’s a bit far out on the Bund, the views are incredible, it’s a steal on value, there is a club level, and a roof top bar that has an amazing vibe. I’m sure I’ll be back to Shanghai in the near future, and I have my eyes on Hyatt on The Bund and the Peninsula. The Intercontinental Ruijin is a very nice place as well…which I’ll be reviewing soon.
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