88 Xintiandi: A Home Away From Home in Shanghai

shanghaiFor years I’d heard that Buenos Aires was the ‘Paris of the Americas,’ but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered it’s counterpart in the East: Shanghai. I spent some time in Shanghai years ago, during a period when I was traveling back and fourth to Hong Kong quite a bit while working for DFS, a division of LVMH. But I don’t remember it being as exciting or as cosmopolitan as it was on my latest visit.

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It had been so long that I had no clue where to stay. Having made a few phone calls I was lucky enough to get a suite at 88 Xintiandi, an elegant boutique hotel part of the Langham Group, and located in the hottest part of town. Surrounded by great shopping and world class dining in the Xintiandi district, the hotel was the perfect home base during my time in Shanghai.

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The hotel itself is fantastic. A stunning decor, the art and furnishings reflect the traditional aesthetic of old China while incorporating contemporary elements to give it a modern flair. My suite had everything I needed and more. When I entered the room for the first time, the most soothing music played lightly on a stereo, welcoming me to a most wonderful space.

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Breakfast is served each morning in the club lounge. And if you’re lucky you can enjoy it on the rooftop patio overlooking Taipingqiao Park.

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I suggest booking in advance. Since earning the title of China’s leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards a couple years back, the rooms at 88 Xintiandi have been in quite high demand. Contact Serge, the hotel manager, and tell him Richard said hello.

-R