THE VIEWS A-BUND

The newly opened W Shang­hai The Bund brings the group’s sig­na­ture blend of whimsy and top-tier hos­pi­tal­ity to China’s cul­tural cap­i­tal

#Legend - - ROOM WITH A VIEW -

TO TRAVEL IS to see the world and im­merse your­self in an­other cul­ture, dis­cov­er­ing the se­crets of a new land.

But if you're stay­ing in the new W Shang­hai The Bund, you've got an­other op­tion – to stay in­side and lux­u­ri­ate.

Equal parts mod­ern and retro-glam, the new be­he­moth soars above the city's most famed land­marks, with un­prece­dented views over the Ori­en­tal Pearl TV Tower, the Shang­hai Tower and all of Pudong. In­side, W Shang­hai The Bund is reimag­ined art deco deca­dence, punc­tu­ated with mod­ern touches such as the tow­er­ing, mul­ti­level Elec­tric Laneway in­stal­la­tion – a neon work that cap­tures the per­fect blend of old and new, which in turn char­ac­terises the city.

It's a won­der­ful, whim­si­cal, deca­dent maze of the best of all that W Ho­tels have to offer: snazzy cock­tails, deca­dent spa treat­ments, world-class gym ameni­ties, in­cred­i­bly friendly staff and two stun­ning swim­ming pools. But of course, in any bustling city, lux­ury is pri­vacy – and you'll only get that in your room.

Room 4018 is the one to book; it's one of 58 “Cool Cor­ner” rooms in the ho­tel. Each boasts 560sqft of pure views, with Puxi ex­pand­ing to one side and Pudong bustling to the other. The in­te­rior is mod­ern and sleek, with bold colour ac­cents, such as the golden demi-ban­quette that stretches along the win­dowed walls. Carved above the bed is an il­lu­mi­nated hulu – an an­cient, aus­pi­cious gourd that's a sym­bol for pro­tec­tion, hap­pi­ness and good luck.

There's a smart-toi­let, a rain­fall shower and a su­perbly stocked mini­bar, but the al­lure of Room 4018 is the free­stand­ing bath­tub. Gen­er­ously sized enough for two – but far too en­tic­ing to share – it looks di­rectly out over the city. The 24-hour room ser­vice also means a bottle of cham­pagne is never far away – and it sets the scene for the per­fect ad­di­tion to any late-night soak, when the city twin­kles at its finest.

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