I am now one Andaz away from having visited the whole set, and despite a very long day travelling (Miami to Chicago, to San Francisco and Shanghai) I wanted to see if I could locate the hotel using public transport. On a previous visit I had used the Maglev train and was quite happy getting to the station from the arrivals area, running the gauntlet of ‘taxi’ drivers asking for fares. The Maglev deposits you at Longyang Road station which is served by the Lines 2 and 7. The Andaz is close to South Huangpi Road station on Line 1. This requires a change at People’s Square. The fare on the subway was 4 Yuan (about 40p or 60 US cents). A cab ride would like have been 75 Yuan (£7.50). Do not attempt the subway if you have a lot of luggage as many of the changes have stairs only. There is a long walk at People’s Square.
On exiting the South Huangpi Road station, take Exit 2, who brings you out near a department store. Turn right, walk one block along the side of the Store and the Andaz is diagonally opposite at the next corner:
The building is pretty distinctive – and there is a pedestrian bridge across the road just before you cross. Look for this if you get lost!
A very quick check-in, and I was confirmed in to one of their XL rooms – the standard upgrade for a Diamond Member. The check-in escorted me to the lifts. A moving installation attracts the eye whilst waiting for the next car to come:
Once in my room, I realised that XL meant exactly that – the room was huge. To left was a large bathroom and to the right an enormous closet, whilst ahead was the bedroom, work area and table, all surrounded by a curving wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The stunning view at night was eye opening.
The blackout blinds and curtain closed on the press of a button, located next to the bed. In the ceiling of the bedroom was yet another LED display whose colour could be changed at the whim of a guest.
I ordered room service, and the ‘Make your own Sandwich or Salad’ options were available even in Shanghai. I love this as I can create the meal I want. French Fries accompanied the sandwich I ordered:
The bathroom featured I hi-tech toilet which opened as you entered. This really threw me the first time, but I quickly grew happy with the its eagerness. Numerous washing options were available from the adjacent control panel:
I went down to breakfast at around 8am as I was awake and actually hungry.
Breakfast is served on the Ground Floor in the Restaurant, and is divided in to two halves – the Chinese and Western versions. I felt like eating Western that day and was escorted to a table towards the side of the floor. The restaurant, in true Andaz style was an overload of surfaces, sounds, and smells – fascinating!
The was plenty of choice on the buffet and had I wanted more there would have been no problems filling up for the day.
I returned to the room, continued to use the free WiFi to work until it was time to move one of the other Hyatt properties in Shanghai – the Park Hyatt. More about this tomorrow.
A great stay in a super hotel where everyone wanted to help, and where the room really was a winner. Although the upgrade to the XL Room doubles the price often, I was delighted to receive it as an upgrade as a Diamond Member of Gold Passport.