So do you want to hear about my trip and this hotel?
I’ll be blogging about every aspect of this trip. From hotel stay to airline options to where to hang out. Not only will I post numerous photos of this business trip but also videos so you can experience what I did.
Shanghai, China was one of the most amazing experiences.
I traveled with two colleagues and we got to see just a snippet of Shanghai. So what can I fluidly talk about that can excite you? I can definetely talk about the fabulous and centrally located Westin Bund Shanghai. If you didn’t know I am a Starwood Preferred Guest member and the Westin is part of the the properties Starwood is aligned with.
If you’re arriving at the airport at peak or late hours, I advise you arrange with the concierges, Max or Jason, a car to pick you up so right when you swing out of customs through the arrival gates you have someone waiting for you. As far as going through customs, it’s quite a long process so be prepared to not breeze through like other destinations.
Let’s talk about the rooms on the Executive level and the Executive Suite. The room I got on this trip is similar to the one I usually get at the Westin Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the exception of the lack of a dining room table and seating area. I usually get this size room to do two things, first alleviate the meeting room costs at the hotel and to also use the Executive level lounge to hold meetings with my team and prospective vendors and new business I’m courting.
I was on the 17th floor, 1762 to be exact. The room was well appointed because of the floor to ceiling views, with the wrap around windows. Right when you walk in there is a separate bathroom for the guests and a very small seating area. This area consisted of a mini bar area, a club chair, sofa, working desk and chair a big screen TV. The views were pretty decent as you can see the Bund skyline but other than that, it’s a city view with a lot of buildings in different conditions.
My favorite part of the room is of course the bedroom which had a king size bed, draped in all my favorite Westin linen and of course the heavenly bed. The room was also enveloped in a city view with heavy thick gold drapes and great lighting. Adjacent to room, which you were able to close off with slider doors, is a wonderful bathroom area with double sinks, separate toilet, shower and my favorite thing…you know it…the claw foot tub. I don’t know how the Westin does it but the Westin seems to always locate the tub with a nice skyline view.
What makes this bathroom really special is the shower and the adequate closet space. The shower has a waterfall shower head and boy was the water pressure great in the hotel.
Now as far as what you get for your money, for a hotel room in Asia for a business person it saves you a lot of meeting space money, as a daily meeting space in an Asian hotel runs anywhere from $700 a day and more. That’s what the Westin was charging. I’ve been at hotels where $1500-4500 were standard meeting room charges. So for a little under $450 per night, not only do you get 2 full breakfast buffets and 2 hours in the Executive lounge for meetings but you also get to take 1 guest a day to eat with you during the happy hour. So for 3 meals a day plus a room, you’re able to get a really good deal at this hotel.
As far as room service is concerned, at this particular Westin, it was just average and not as good as other Westin’s. I had a breakfast and dinner in one night and vowed not to do that again as while the food was hot, the quality was much better at the breakfast buffet.
In fact, when it comes to food, the Westin breakfasts are legendary. The buffet is always to die for with fresh fruit, Asian and Western breakfast, fresh juices and every kind of pastry you can imagine. You will gain some weight eating at this buffet. An additional plus is if you miss or skip breakfast, a Starbucks is located adjacent to the hotel at the Bund Conference.
When it comes to working off the breakfast buffet, you’ll find an adequate hotel gym with all the cardio workout and on another floor the minimum in weights and machines. It’s not the best Westin Workout gym but it’ll do.
If you’re looking for a hotel in the Bund district, check this one out as it doesn’t disappoint.