Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What I Think of The Bund Hotel in Shanghai, China

A
few days after we landed in the stunning city of Hangzhou, the capital of

Zhejiang, we went on a 2-hour 30-minute bus ride to Shanghai, the largest city

in China by population and the second most densely populated city in the world.


From Hangzhou's sprawling scenery and admirable infrastructure, the ride

provided an unhindered view of Shanghai's equally formidable edifices and

skyscrapers mixed with equally cared for scenery and waterfronts. 



That's why when we were scheduled to visit The Bund, a highly-recommended

attraction that's a fitting fusion of both worlds, I for one, can't wait for it to

actually, happen.

Tutapel near the Orient Pearl Tower just opposite of The Bund


It was already nighttime when we arrived at The Bund Hotel located along

Guangdong Road in the Huangpu District. The hotel lighting for instance added

a splash of elegance to the exterior which was of course more of a necessity

rather than of sheer opulence.

 The Bund Hotel at night



As we maneuvered our luggage from the lobby to the lift and finally to the

hallway, I can't help but remember that Hollywood film that underscored the

importance of a "hotel's soul" when choosing accommodations.

Mark Harmon, founder of Auberge Resorts, a chain of luxury boutique

properties throughout North and Central America even gave a speech about this

concept in a TEDx Talk dubbed "The Soul of a Hotel."


Hallway at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


For me, the best way to discover this is to focus on how your room makes you 

feel. 

 Welcome to our room!


 Our assigned room at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai

When we stepped inside the room, my initial reaction was that the space was

bigger than I expected. Though it looked kinda dated, it still exuded an elegant

feel thanks to the furniture choice and accessories.

What I assume to be the Deluxe Room at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai



Tutapel's Customary Pose at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


Tutapel browsing through a magazine inside The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


Chillaxin' at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


What's new Tutapel? 


The Deluxe Bathroom

A huge bathroom was certainly something to be glad about. The gleaming white

tub was a welcome sight as well as the clean glass-encased shower.

Yeah, baby, there's a tub at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


Glass-encased shower at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


Freebies on a brown marble countertop...


Complimentary Toiletries at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai



The Bund Hotel Resto

The Bund Hotel offered appetizing Breakfast spreads that fused both Western

and Chinese dishes.  Our palates appreciated  the food choices, textures and

tastes in this hotel rather than the menu made available in our hotel in

Hangzhou which overflowed in unfamiliar spices and veggie dishes. 

Gorgeous Resto Inside The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


The place to be for special brekkie requests at The Bund Hotel Resto in Shanghai


Fresh Salad Bar at The Bund Hotel  Resto in Shanghai


Refreshing Watermelons at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


Scrumptious Waffles at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


Butter & Jelly Station at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


 Cereals Bar at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai 


Wet Bar at The Bund Hotel in Shanghai


Meats and Cheese Section at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


A Closer Look at the thinly-sliced meats at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


A Closer Look at my favorite chunk of Blue Cheese at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


Sushi & Sauces at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


Warm, toasty and flaky croissant at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


A Basket of Sweet Bread at The Bund Hotel Restaurant in Shanghai


I just love good old fashioned bacon with white bread! Yum!


 Hot Food Buffet Section at The Bund Hotel Resto in Shanghai


What's not to like about sweet potatoes and corn?


Steamed Buns (Cuapao) reminiscent of that scene where San Chai gave Dao Ming Si these delish pieces of bread during their date


Hard-boiled eggs galore @ The Bund Hotel Resto in Shanghai


 Brekkie  Plate # 1:


Hoarding on Fresh Salads with my fave croissant on the side washed down by a glass of tomato juice


Aside from good food, The Bund Hotel staff proved friendly and accommodating to the extent of suggesting new places to visit and hot spots to check out.



The Bund Hotel 
Address: 525 Guangdong Rd, Huangpu Qu
Shanghai Shi, China 200001
Phone Number: +86 21 6352 2000



Footnote: 

I used Fujifilm X-A2 for this particular blog post.

Photo of Fujifilm X-A2
































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