A DASH OF FRENCH FLAIR IN THE EAST

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel -

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.

www.ac­corho­tels.com.au

Bed­ding down: Sof­i­tel Jin Jiang Ori­en­tal

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