Shanghai Preview: Andaz Hotel

For those visiting China’s marquee cities, the lodging options are often limited to the glaringly glitzy or blandly business-like. Shanghai has seen a few, shall we say, more sleek newcomers (The Indigo), but Andaz’ first Asian entry could hardly be more exigent.

Following on from the brand’s established aesthetic inclinations, you won’t find big, glittering chandeliers and top-hatted doorman. Instead, its strikingly modern, latticed exterior–said to be inspired by the Tang Lady of the Tang Dynasty–is enhanced with a very 21st Century multicolored LED lighting system which reacts to guests use of blackout shades (what fun!). Its 262 rooms and 45 suites will be of distinctly contemporary elegance, done up with sexy reds, whites, and blacks. And, much as Shanghai has become a nerve-center of free-wheeling high-finance, the Andaz is expecting its guests to also get in lots of play time. There will be two restaurants, a bar, a spa, a pool, and a rooftop lounge.

Located in the buzzing and trendy Xintiandi complex, the Andaz will undoubtedly be Shanghai’s new magnet for the fabulous and fashionable. An Andaz Sanya Sunny Bay is also on the way.

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