Nestled in the heart of Shanghai’s urban Huangpu district, the Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World has one of the world’s busiest shopping streets on its doorstep. With views over the People’s Square and the access to the city’s subway network only meters away, the hotel is perfectly located whether travelling for business or pleasure.
The hotel stands out from the skyline due to distinctive architecture including a glass sphere sat atop the main tower which is home to the Sky Dome Bar and Epicure On 45 restaurant. This makes it hard to miss when emerging from the subway station as I did when arriving in the city.
Upon check-in I was informed I’d been upgraded to a Business Class Executive Suite. Up on the 33rd floor of the 47 story building and away from the noise at street level, the suite was impressive with two bathrooms, a private study area and an enormous living and dining area.
Having not been there for business and having no guests or clients to entertain, the enormous room was slightly wasted on me. The novelty of such a large room slightly wore off after a few instances of getting to the door when heading out and realising I’d forgotten the room’s keycard and having to make the trek back through the living and dining area, back into the bedroom to pick up the card. Also with four air conditioning control panels, four telephones and what seemed like several dozen light switches, even turning off all the lights was a mission.
Problems don’t come much more first world than these and in no way detracted from what was otherwise a memorable stay.
The buffet breakfast was good with a wide range of options including eggs and bacon, cereals, pastries and fruit to more adventurous offerings including Chinese steamed buns, congee and a variety of noodles. Be warned, if you’re fussy about your bacon and sausages then you might be disappointed.
I also tried out the evening menu in the Windows on the Park restaurant. There was plenty of choice from pasta dishes, grilled meat dishes, asian dishes as well as sandwiches and burgers. I settled on the Australian Waygu beef burger, which was topped with cheese, a fried egg, bacon and salad, and served with fries on the side.
The burger was full of flavour although it was cooked a lot rarer than you’d get in most British restaurants so if you are slightly particular about how you have your meat cooked then request it well done. Otherwise the meal was faultless and at about £18 was great value for a hotel restaurant.
After a day of exploring the city, and in need of a bit of relaxation, I took advantage of the hotel’s swimming pool and spa facilities. Located in the changing rooms, the spa includes a steam room, sauna and plunge pools and offer a tranquil retreat from the manic streets of Shanghai.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World was a magnificent hotel providing affordable opulence from the moment I checked in. The level of customer service received, from the receptionist and concierge to the staff in the restaurant and spa, was exceptional with nothing seemingly too difficult or an inconvenience. It proved a excellent base for our trip to Shanghai.