Arriving at the Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel was a bit of a WHOA moment.
We’d just arrived off our super speedy train from Suzhou into the immense heat of Shanghai’s summer (a crazy 50 celsius!)
Our bags were heavy so we definitely didn’t want to be out in the sun for long. Luckily, the gorgeous hotel was no more than a 5 minute walk from Shanghai’s main railway station over the suspended walkways.
Stepping into lobby of the Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel was like stepping into a fridge, and it was absolutely glorious. But we did feel a bit dishevelled, sweaty, and possibly a little out of place in the spic and span hotel.
However, when Dad showed his IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) Platinum rewards card, all judgment was brushed aside and we were whisked away to a waiting golf buggy. What!?
Yes, we were taken to the hotel’s exclusive Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi Platinum Club Member annex. This was to the back of the main hotel and they upgraded us to a top notch suite, no less. Backpacks and suites? Yes, a dream!!
- The suite at the Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi was huge!
- The bedroom, living room and office area all offered ample storage and really nicely designed features.
- A glass portioned toilet was particularly nice – it was one of the Japanese ones with heated seats, various cleaning sprays and air deodoriser!
- The rest of the bathroom was something else, with his and her areas and a HUGE bath with a skyline view.
- The Executive Lounge was huge with a delicious offering throughout the day however, we felt a little TOO doted on as there were so few other guests staying on. It bordered on us feeling uncomfortable for all the attention/exceptional service.
- There was iced lemon water on offer at every door and cool flannels – so grateful for these after even 10 minutes being outside.
In a nutshell..
- If you want an hotel that’s well located, then I couldn’t recommend the Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi more. It’s close to both the Shanghai train station as well as the city’s main sites and attractions.
- However, it is not right by the Bund which for many tourists would be their key landmark. I’ve always had a preference to stay within reasonable walking distance of the tourist hotspots.
- Over the last few years, I’ve learnt that 5* hotels in Asia are different to 5* hotels in the UK and elsewhere. I say this in respect to the service and the amenities which feel even more luxurious and decadent!
I hope this review of the Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel has been useful.
Are you planning to go to Shanghai soon or have you already visited? Let me know in the comments if you’re thinking of staying at the Intercontinental! I’d love to hear from you 🙂 x
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