A DASH OF FRENCH FLAIR IN THE EAST
SEVENTEEN years ago, Accor was the first international hotel management company to establish a presence in China. Today the French hotel giant is set on a course of expansion almost as rapid as Shanghai’s, and plans to double its inventory to more than 80 properties by next year.
Pudi Boutique Hotel Shanghai, near Fuxing Park and the French Concession, has just opened and is within easy walking distance of Xintiandi. This handsome colonial building has been given a swish makeover, courtesy of a French interior design firm, with the 52 large guestrooms featuring all mod cons (flat-screen televisions, free broadband, home theatre system and wine cum mini bar). The public areas include a French restaurant, champagne room, cigar bar and art gallery (with all works for sale). A special opening rate of $US280 ($333) a night is available until the end of August.
Sofitel Hyland: Well located on Nanjing Road near the Bund, this comfortable fivestar hotel has recently had a refurbishment of all guestrooms and public areas to provide sleek, contemporary interiors. There’s a chic lobby bar, a fun restaurant (Mosaic) with views up Nanjing Road and an interactive kitchen where steaks, teppanyaki and noodle soups are cooked to order.
Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental, Pudong: Five minutes from Maglev station, this property is well situated for business travellers (the Lujianzui financial centre is nearby). With large, elegant guestrooms (star turn is the divine Sofitel signature MyBed), several cool bars and a good French restaurant on the 47th floor, the hotel promises guests a memorable view from every window.
Bedding down: Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental