Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Hotel Indigo’s first property in Asia Pacific, opens its doors in December 2010. Sitting directly on the Huangpu River front, Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund assures not only spectacular views of both the historic Bund and dramatic Pudong skylines, but an upscale boutique hotel experience where the focus is on inspired service, fresh and vibrant design reflecting the local neighbourhood, and providing guests with an authentic taste of today’s Shanghai, where old and new converge.
South Bund is a place brimming with history and alive with the memories of the many who have arrived and bid farewell to Shanghai through Pier 16 (Shiliupu dock) for more than 140 years. It is a place, which has been testimony to the ebb and flow of Shanghai’s history and is now shaping into a commercial and retail destination recognized for its sweeping views, open green areas and extensive shopping and dining options. Stepping out of the hotel, guests can either explore the delights and energy of the Old Town or take a leisurely stroll along the river front to enjoy the grandeur of The Bund. Alternatively a five minutes ferry ride from Pier 16 will take them directly to modern Pudong and the financial centre of the City. With ferries running every 10 minutes throughout the day and costing a mere 0.5 RMB, it makes commuting not only easy and affordable, but an experience.
All Hotel Indigo properties are individual by design, reflecting not only the city they reside in but the culture, character and history of their local neighbourhood; Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund is no exception.
Designed by world-renowned hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, the hotel features an eclectic mix of modern and authentic design to create an inspiring and playful environment, contrasting traditional Chinese pieces with distinctive contemporary local finds. The proximity of the river and dock has been subtly woven into the fabric of the design and great attention has been given to creating varied spaces to suit guests’ every mood. The end result is an inviting and intimate hotel that is a highly individual and provides a fresh representation of the local neighbourhood and energy of the city.
“With its unique location on the river front and focus on local creativity and bespoke design, Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund offers visitors to the city something quite different. The hotel has a distinct character; we wanted to move away from simply replicating the ambience of 1930’s Shanghai and instead create a less structured environment that represents the diversity and very best of old and new Shanghai,” commented Bruce Ryde, General Manager.
Featuring 184 rooms, including 23 suites, each individually designed room at Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund provides all of the creature comforts expected from an upscale boutique property, but they are anything but ordinary. Maximizing the spectacular views and combining traditional and modern Chinese design and bespoke pieces, each room provides an intimate haven and unexpected details – be it the walk in “shell shower” featured in a number of guest bathrooms, the oversized wet room with spectacular views, the reclaimed Shikumen brick feature wall or the hidden refreshment bar with individually designed tea sets.
All rooms feature complimentary wifi, internet telephone (to allow for low cost international calls), a 42” flat screen TV with DVD, a Bose music sound system, iron and ironing board, a ‘lap top’ safe, Tibetan rose root inspired toiletries by BaYanKaLa, a fully stocked mini-bar complete with locally sourced luxuries, a complimentary traditional tea service, carefully selected coffee from Yunnan, as well as fresh, home baked treats. A selection of pillows is available to suit every guest’s preference and room service is available 24 hours, offering a select choice of home-style cooked dishes and Shanghainese favourites, using only the freshest, local seasonal ingredients.
QUAY on the 6th floor offers an all day Café menu combining a continental taste with a touch of local flavour, and strives to serve the best coffee in Shanghai. With dedicated workstations, entertainment corners, meeting rooms and complimentary refreshments, QUAY blurs the traditional boundaries of hotel facilities. Unexpected combinations of colours and styles effortlessly compliment one another, and individual spaces provide distinct atmospheres whether guests want peaceful solitude, to socialise or work.
Opening soon CHAR Grill and Bar, with an exclusive setting and secluded terraces on the 29th and 30th floors of the hotel will be providing guests with a chance to enjoy one of Shanghai’s leading restaurants from the end of this month. Overlooking the river, the Bund and the Pudong skyline, CHAR will be the perfect place to watch the sun set and the City come to life in an array of lights.
Meetings and Events
All meeting rooms are flexible to cater to events of various sizes. Designed to maximize the use of natural light and offering stunning views of the river, each room provides an ambience conducive to meeting different business objectives. State-of-the-art facilities and wireless connectivity ensure that presentations and conferences go as smoothly as planned.
For the more active, the hotel features a state-of-the-art gym with the latest equipment, and private tai-chi and yoga classes available on request. It is the red mosaic swimming pool, however, that steals the show. Situated on the 7th floor overlooking the Huangpu River, it floats above the South Bund, offering guests a unique vantage point of the working river as they swim their lengths.
An upscale boutique brand, Hotel Indigo is the fifth brand that IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world’s largest hotel group, has introduced to Asia Pacific. Since the introduction of the brand to Asia Pacific in 2008, five hotels have been signed with cutting-edge owners in the region. Apart from the Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Hotel Indigo will be open in Xiamen, Taipei, Hong Kong and Bangkok in the next 3 years.