SHANGHAI - HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, world-class hospitality design firm of the world’s most anticipated hotels, resorts and spas, has completed the design of the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. Appointed by Hilton Worldwide, HBA has transformed the legendary Shanghai Club into the magnificent Waldorf Astoria on the city’s iconic Bund waterfront. The hotel will begin taking reservations starting September xx, 2010. 

The exquisite English Renaissance-style building was constructed in 1910 and opened as the now-legendary Shanghai Club (which was Shanghai's most exclusive gentlemen's club in the 1920s and 30s during the Pearl of the Orient heyday).   Still one of the finest architectural gems along Shanghai’s waterfront promenade, the whitewashed façade of the new Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is adorned with Palladium columns, intricate gables and a pair of sculpted rooftop cupolas. The interiors – including the original Sicilian marble columns and stained glass imported from Birmingham, England – have been painstakingly restored through extensive use of archived photographs and records.

HBA’s renovation of this historic and prestigious social club will continue the Shanghai Club’s legacy of refined indulgence, while equipping the building with the luxury amenities demanded by today’s discerning traveler. The new hotel will comprise 271 rooms across two buildings. The charming heritage building will be connected via a courtyard to a modern tower bordered by Sichuan Road.  HBA’s design will encompass both buildings including the lobby lounge, guest and meeting rooms, restaurants and bars, as well as the swimming pool, health club and spa. 

The Waldorf Astoria on the Bund will revive a much-loved Shanghai institution. Like its cherished predecessor, the Shanghai Club, it will capture the spirit of 1930s Shanghai and become a bastion of civility and style for the refined modern traveler. 

For this project, HBA applied its joint expertise in historical restoration and in designing the most elegant of interior architectures to transform a derelict building into a pristine and glittering destination that harmonizes period authenticity with ultra-luxury.  In the process, HBA has created something new and timeless: an authentic space, true to yet far exceeding the original, and worthy of the Wadorf Astoria name.

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Melanie Weitzner
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About HBA
World-renowned as the “Number 1 Hospitality Design Firm” (Interior Design) and winner of six record-breaking awards (2010 Hospitality Design Awards), HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, unveils the world’s most anticipated hotels, resorts, and spas.  Leading the hospitality interior design industry since 1964, HBA remains keenly attuned to the pulse of changing industry trends governed by today's sophisticated traveler. The company’s international presence, depth of experience, and detailed industry knowledge enables them to identify interior design trends at their source, make definitive predictions about new directions and innovations, and influence design standards at a global level.  HBA’s ultimate objective is to add value, raise standards and enhance the brand of a project's owner and operator.

HBA creates the signature look of traditional luxury brands, independent contemporary boutiques, urban resort spas, world-class residences, restaurants, casinos, and cruise ships. From continent to continent, each HBA interior is the result of a unique and sensitive response to location, architecture, and client vision. With 500 designers around the globe in 13 offices and a recent expansion in Asia, HBA is a true global company with more than 75% of its employees now outside the United States. HBA’s international presence, combined with its extensive knowledge of the interior design industry, has facilitated the ability to rewrite the language of design with each new project. 

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About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of nearly 30 iconic properties in the world’s most sought-after destinations. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through checkout. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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