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August 4, 2010updated Feb 11, 2013

Waldorf Astoria Club Shanghai Begins Taking Reservations

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Shanghai, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that the brand’s first namesake hotel in Asia, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, is now accepting reservations for the 20 all-suite Waldorf Astoria Club. This two-building hotel is set to open later this summer with reservations being accepted for September 15, 2010 and beyond.

The Waldorf Astoria Club building is located in the heritage building, which was formerly The Shanghai Club in the 1920s. Highlights include:

• 20 suites, many with views of the Bund

• Two restaurants, a lounge and the Long Bar, which has an 110-foot bar top, rebuilt to the original 1911 bar

• The second floor of Waldorf Astoria Club offers the hotel’s picturesque ballroom, which will open into an alfresco balcony overlooking the Bund

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund’s second building is scheduled to open that later part of 2010 and will offer 249 rooms. In total, the hotel will bring 269 additional rooms to Shanghai.

Located on the celebrated Bund in Shanghai, the Waldorf Astoria Club is the former Shanghai Club, which was an exclusive club originally built in 1911. Today this neo-classic architectural gem has been meticulously restored with the assistance of archival photographs and historic 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. Many of the hotel’s rooms will overlook the scenic Bund while other views will feature surrounding historic sites.

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“The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund marks the brand’s first newly built namesake hotel in Asia,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Worldwide. “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 travelers in Shanghai unparalleled service, a landmark destination, and the finest amenities, affording guests truly singular experiences.”

Dining at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund will mirror the attentive service and culinary experiences of the legendary Waldorf=Astoria New York. The Waldorf Astoria Club will contain two restaurants as well a lounge and a bar. The Specialty Restaurant will serve New York-inspired modern American cuisine, and the Chinese Restaurant will be located on the top floor and will offer regional Chinese delicacies in a setting of authentic art displays. The Salon will be ideal for high tea, book reading and intimate gatherings. The Long Bar will showcase an impressive 110-foot bar-top counter built to the specifications of the original 1911 bar and will be well-suited for a lunch meeting, afternoon snack or evening drinks.

The Ballroom is poised to become a sought-after event venue with its location on the second floor of the Waldorf Astoria Club. It will open into an alfresco balcony overlooking the Bund where Shanghai’s waterfront promenade will be a picturesque backdrop for weddings, meetings, grand society events and other functions. The hotel complex will also have eight additional function spaces available for events of various sizes.

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.

In total, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund will comprise 269 guest rooms and suites. Each will be outfitted with contemporary luxuries for modern-day travel experiences.

Whether visiting Shanghai for business or pleasure, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund’s ideal location will present a variety of choices for guests to explore the vibrant city. The hotel is easily accessible by Metro and is directly linked to Yan’an Road which tunnels under the Huangpu River linking to Pudong New Area, the financial and commercial hub of modern China. Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is located on the Bund Promenade, known for being the best vantage point for photographing the city’s river-side scene, the modern skyscrapers of Pudong and the many iconic landmarks on the Bund.

At dawn, guests will be able to watch or join the many Chinese who practice tai chi or qigong and the ballroom enthusiasts who dance the tango. For those seeking art and culture, the area’s most famous museums and galleries will be just minutes away. For a taste of local delicacies, the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street will be within walking distance, and the beautiful Yu Garden will be just around the corner. Right across the Huangpu River will be the famous Oriental Pearl Tower, offering a bird’s eye view of the city.

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