As friends know, we love staying in and also visiting great hotel properties whenever we travel. Shanghai offered some extraordinary hotels. There were of course countless ones we didn't see.... but here are a few we did.
Our home for four nights. Location was very central, right by People's Square and a subway line. Somehow, this wasn't our most favorite, and ultimately moved our final night in Shanghai to try the Park Hyatt.
The original 1930's heritage Art Deco exterior.
Lobby stairs. Each of these images are from the Langham web site.
We could only wish our room had been configured this nicely... we should have asked to see other rooms. This was my mistake!
They use in the marketing of this hotel that it is an urban resort. And true to word, it is the most calming and wonderful atmosphere once entering this property... totally leaving the hustle bustle of the big city behind.
To the west of this city is an amazing resort complex - the Amanfayun of Aman Resorts. This is certainly one that we wished we had the chance to stay at . . . at least we were lucky to be invited by the General Manager Ian White to have lunch and a tour of this amazing mountainside property.
The Aman to create this resort, was asked by local authorities to take a part of a ancient village comprising 47 dwellings covering over 34 acres. Parts of this village date to the Tang Dynasty.
This image shows the village complex and main local walking / cart path transversing through the resort . . . Aman has maintained this for local access by villagers and others as there is a temple complex just at the lower end of the resort.
IMAGE from the cover of the Amanfayun brochure.
The walk from the entry drive to the reception building.
This is the walking / cart path, the Fayun Pathway, that transverses the Amanfayun.
Here a side path off the main one - this leads to houses used by the Amanfayun.
A house entry - now used as private suite.
The building uses an open plan to the suite.
This looked very cozy!
With no views, it is really about being a retreat set amongst nature.
Incredible roof tile patterns everywhere.
An outdoor lounge reading spot.
One of the spa's private tubs.
One of two restaurants
On departure from our mid-day visit, we noticed that even the driveway was masterfully paved.