It’s not easy to stand apart in Shanghai’s booming hotel scene, which is why Waldorf Astoria pulled out all the stops for its China debut. On the Bund’s southern tip, 20 suites with four-poster beds and marble baths occupy a 1911 building that housed the Shanghai Club, a hangout for colonial-era gentlemen. In the lobby, Neoclassical details, such as marble floors and a steel birdcage elevator, have been restored. The newly built, 252-room Waldorf Astoria Tower has all the modern comforts you’d expect—from walk-in closets to electric Japanese toilets.
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In the restored Waldorf Club, the corner suites (304, 404) have views north up the Bund. In the new Tower, opt for a less expensive, city-facing room anywhere from the 10th floor up (-01, -02, -11, -12) for glimpses of the new Shanghai.
The 110-foot, L-shaped mahogany Long Bar was a popular spot in the original Shanghai Club—it’s been painstakingly re-created by the Waldorf team and design firm HBA. Order a signature Zaza cocktail (gin, Dubonnet, Angostura bitters).