The story of the famed Shanghai Club and its rebirth as the Waldorf Astoria Club starts from its neo-classical heritage structure. An architectural gem, the Waldorf Astoria Club itself remains true to its roots in Le Grand Dame of New York where high style, gracious civility and the finest of luxury experiences continue to pay homage to its close-to-a-century-old legacy.

Befitting the ancestries of affluence from the original Waldorf=Astoria New York and the famed Shanghai Club, the merging of such historical affiliation deems only appropriate, raising the prestige and distinction of that which is situated on Number 2 on the Bund. This narrative draws the reader in as historical restoration convene with the most elegant of interior architectures, transforming an uncultivated building into a pristine and glittering destination that harmonizes period authenticity with ultra-luxury.

If ever such an accord can be described, it lies in the hypnotic realm of something new and timeless: an authentic space, true to, yet far exceeding the original, and worthy of the Waldorf Astoria name.

Perhaps the most impressive element of the transformation of the heritage building into an ultra-luxury hotel is in its exclusive suites. From bespoke temperature and lighting discernment to tailored tunes, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund refers to the 

Club suites as offering “better than home” residential comforts through an unambiguously tailor-made ambience, perfecting an immaculate haven.

Step into olden-day glamour and contemporary luxuries of the Waldorf Suite. Painted plaster walls, white highlighted timber panelling stands on timber flooring and traditional dark mahogany furniture in silver neutral fabric palette complements the light, colonial interior.

The welcoming parlour with ample seats and lounging space is embellished in classic European style. It epitomizes fine hospitality as a selection of Christoflé glassware and silverware existentially glamorizes the latest LED flat screen, sound bar and built-in DVD player (Blue Ray), accentuating modern indulges in historical charm.

The Waldorf Suite’s bedroom real estate features the Waldorf poster bed – a romantic, wooden frame canopy chaise with high mattress topped with pristine linens and plush pillows, for moments to sink into luxurious oblivion. Fine draping on the poster bed completes the mood for opulence.

The suites include over scale bathrooms and dramatic walk-in closets. The rooms are sumptuous, with highlighted plaster walls clad in white painted, finely articulated timber panelling. Exquisite chandeliers illuminate the deep dentil moulding and dramatic ceilings. With dark mahogany period furniture, vibrant against a silver fabric screen, the suites are dotted with a sense of Chinoise elegance, augmented with reproductions of antiques found in Shanghai shops. The large bathrooms are fitted with fine arabescato carrara marble, a white stone, veined with Dover gray, and finished with heritage-style amenities, including a claw foot tub and a double vanity marble, topped with dark wood.

The Waldorf Suite’s 3.8-metre ceiling height gives that added airiness and spatial extent, with window shades drawn against the mid-day sun or opened to view the kaleidoscopic splendour of the Huang Pu skyline or the scenic Bund river view (of the Waldorf River Suites). Even the most sophisticated, well-travelled guest will be impressed with the level of quality in materials and the degree of attention given the smallest detail of design.  

Returning an architectural icon to the city, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, is an improvement upon the romance of an era that has long since gone by, recapturing the spirit of the club, while creating a new high-water mark for luxurious travel.

June Seah
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
+86 21 6323 8036

Wye Leng Wong
LEAP integrated marketing solutions
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