Most hotels operate by the star system. A 3-star hotel is usually okay while a 5-star hotel is excellent. However, there are other hotels that claim or have been given the honor of a 6-star merit. While the additional star normally measures energy efficiency or water efficiency of electrical appliances, and in some fields of construction and engineering; this excess star is now being used to determine operations as well. And while there are hundreds of 5-star hotels around the world, only a few truly deserve one more star. Among these few is the St. Regis Shanghai Hotel in China.
Your wish is my command…
The hotel is exactly as its name implies. Elegant yet mixed with a little Shanghai spice. There are St. Regis butlers trained to attend to the needs and wants of guests and even an e-butler service that allows guests to communicate their desires via email before, during, and after their stay. Talk about commitment to service!
Splash around this 6-star pool…
Other hotel features include golfing at world-class courses, rejuvenation at the St. Regis Spa, a business center that operates 24 hours, a fitness center which boasts of an indoor heated pool and classes like yoga, and even a personalized tour for Art or Shopping accompanied by, of course, a personal butler.
Watch out for that free-flowing champagne!
Dining at the St. Regis Shanghai Hotel is taken very seriously. Saints International Restaurant is open all day and serves up an international buffet and and á la carte service like no other. Danieli’s Restaurant does not scrimp on Italian flavors as their philosophy is mainly to make the guests satisfied. They don’t scrimp on the bubbly either as there is free-flowing champagne during Italian Sunday Lunch, from 11:30am – 2:30pm. For something a little more of the Shanghai culture, there is the Carrianna Chinese Restaurant which offers only the most authentic cuisine from Southern China by master chefs. The Mezzanine Lounge, on the other hand, tempts guests with snacks, fine wine, cocktails and live music come dusk.
I’d be satisfied with just the bathroom!
And while some hotels that boast of such features leave much to be desired in their rooms, St. Regis Shanghai is not one of them. Every room is treated with the highest regard. There are choices available depending on the guest. Their deluxe and superior rooms could pass for suites. They also have the Grand Luxe Suite, the Mandarin Suites, the Shanghai and Beijing Suites and the Imperial Suite.
Another room worth mentioning in another paragraph is their Special Assistance Room. This room is designed specifically for guests with special needs. For example, there are wider doors to accommodate wheelchairs and a support railing in the bathroom. This room is also conveniently located at the lowest guest floor near the elevators. It’s to make sure that everybody, meaning EVERYbody gets to enjoy the St. Regis Shanghai treatment.
It’s no wonder this pearl in the middle of bustling Shanghai has garnered 6 stars. I don’t think service and amenities fit for a modern-day emperor would take less.