A Nice Hotel
This InterContinental hotel was my home for 6 nights in Shanghai, and we also held most of the meetings at the hotel’s adjacent conference centre. While the hotel layout was a bit odd, and there is a lot of construction going on around it (including the construction of the large glass office tower to the left in the picture above), the room was probably the nicest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in (even beating the Bellagio!). Why? Well, it starts with that all-important feature – the bathroom.
The bath area featured a sliding panel to close it off from the rest of the room, and inside there were four areas; the toilet room (first on the left), the shower room (second on the left), the sink area (ahead), and the bath (out of the picture to the right).
While the marble floor got quite cold with the A/C (itself a luxury for me these days!), the seat never did, thanks to the Japanese-style ultra-modern toilet. Another somewhat freaky feature was that the seat would auto-open when you lifted it part-way (which did make you wonder what else it might do while seated).
I’ll admit, I really only used the largest button here – FLUSH – and found the rest somewhat intimidating!
A wonderful shower room with the “rainforest” shower option was very relaxing; and the bath with automated blinds overlooking the city looked pretty good too!
Rounding out this ridiculously long coverage of the bathroom, take a look at the sink and mirror.
So, what else to say about the hotel? The bed and desk were nice, but not picture-worthy. It makes a big difference when you move in for almost a week and spend long days and late nights working to have a comfortable work environment. The other important thing is the view – I was on the corner, so I had large picture windows overlooking this part of Shanghai.
The view from my room certainly gave me the impression of Las Vegas – not only the large buildings and wide streets with traffic, but the pedestrian bridges just remind me of The Strip.
The Las Vegas qualities really come out at night, though, through the apparent Shanghai love affair with neon!
Of course, blinds can’t help deal with the noise – the constant blaring of horns and sounds of traffic moving. While the metro may stop running around 11pm, the traffic (including buses and bikes) doesn’t seem to ever stop.