9 September 2010
The opening of the Waldorf Astoria Club building, which occupies the former legendary 1920’s Shanghai Club at No. 2 on the Bund, heralds the return of Shanghai’s original pleasure palace.
The neoclassical-style landmark, originally built in 1911, was once Shanghai’s most exclusive social club and has been meticulously restored by HBA/Hirsch Bedner.
The club will feature a recreation of the famous 110-foot Long Bar, lost during the Japanese occupation, which has been built to original specifications from photographic records.
Each of the Waldorf Astoria Club heritage building’s 20 luxurious suites will be decorated in classic European style. Some of the amenities will include walk-in closets, marble-finished bathrooms with double vanity, claw-foot bathtubs and separate showers, in-room entertainment, complimentary in-room internet access and coffee and tea-making facilities.
Global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Worldwide, John T.A. Vanderslice, said: "The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund marks the brand’s first newly built namesake hotel in Asia.
We are strategically growing Waldorf Astoria in extraordinary destinations around the globe and adding this hotel increases our recognition in the Asian market.
The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund will offer leisure and business travellers in Shanghai unparalleled service, a landmark destination, and the finest amenities, affording guests truly singular experiences."
The hotel’s second building, the New Tower, is scheduled to open in the latter part of 2010.
The 249-room tower will be located on Sichuan Road behind the Bund and will be connected to the Waldorf Astoria Club though a manicured courtyard with lush landscaping and fountains.
The New Tower will offer two additional restaurants, The Grand Brasserie and Peacock Alley, as well as a lounge, meeting facilities, indoor heated swimming pool, a fully equipped health club, spa and library.
The New Tower will offer a Chairman Suite and a President Suite, both with two well-appointed bedrooms designed to meet the needs of visiting dignitaries, celebrities and privacy-seeking travelers.