This vibrant high-rise hotel is conveniently located in Xintiandi, an old shikumen neighbourhood of tightly-packed alleys, low-rise buildings and terracotta rooftops revamped into a hip entertainment district. It offers spacious, sexy rooms, a good range of facilities and a lively vibe.
Located on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River, the Langham Xintiandi boasts one of the buzziest locations in city, fronting a hundred-year old shikumen neighbourhood now packed with fashionable cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques. The museums and parks that surround People’s Square are a 10-minute walk away. Huangpi South Road subway station sits directly across the road making it a breeze to venture further afield.
Address: 99 Madang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China.
Style & character
Drift on the scent of ginger lily into the modish lobby – all white marble floors, sugar pink chandeliers, egg chairs and playful contemporary Chinese art (Chairman Mao wearing angel wings and rows of ‘lucky’ horses galloping up pillars). Well-heeled locals stream in and out all day – for coffee on the street side terrace, afternoon tea in the lobby and power dining at three Michelin-starred Tang Court – keeping the atmosphere convivial.
Service & facilities
The staff are an amiable bunch, always on hand to order you an Uber in Chinese, escort you to the nearest ATM or suggest the latest bar to be see and be seen in. Facilities are plentiful; a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool, a large fitness centre and the Chuan Spa, a creamy candlelit sanctuary tucked away on the lower levels offering treatments based around the five elements of Wu Xing – wood, fire, water, earth and metal.
Spacious amber-hued guest rooms come with buttery leather design chairs, posies of fresh flowers, flash bathrooms (all sliding doors, Toto toilets and Chuan spa amenities) and mesmerising city views juxtaposing the squat red rooftops of Xintiandi with Shanghai’s growing forest of skyscrapers. Lighting and curtains are operated by touch-button panels and the speedy Wi-Fi connects without the need for annoying passwords. This was also the only hotel in Shanghai where I experienced a flawless VPN service, allowing access to the world wide web.
Food & drink
Michelin arrived in mainland China for the first time in September 2016 and Tang Court was the only restaurant in the country to be awarded three Michelin stars. Needless to say, it’s one you won’t want to miss. If you can’t get a table (we suggest you book for dim sum at least a few weeks before you arrive), then there is always Cachet, which offers all-day dining both indoors and out. After dark, lounge on the terrace at XTD Elevated gawping at the skyscrapers above.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes; there are two wheelchair-adapted rooms available.
Yes, but it’s a really a hotel for grown-ups.
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