We stayed at the Hotel Indigo (@hotelindigoSH) on the Bund in Shanghai. Hotel Indigo is part of the Priority Club hotel group. I have only stayed at a Priority Club once before – the Intercontinental in Manhattan – and that is because EVERY Starwood and Marriott property were completely sold out. When I go to Nashville for work, I stay at a former Indigo Hotel — but since it hasn’t really been updated, it still feels like an Indigo, I just get Starpoints for the stay.
Anyway, we stayed at the Indigo because it was reasonable and the better half usually stays at Priority Club hotels while in China (mostly based on availability where he is working).
I dig the lobby in this hotel. It is bright, modern, clean and sleek. There is ample seating, but during my stay, I never saw a soul down there.
I checked in and was escorted to the elevators, which was a nice, yet totally unnecessary touch. We were on the 20th floor of the hotel and by the time I arrived, I had been up for 24 hours and I needed a shower, a bite to eat and a quick little nap.
The room itself wasn’t all that large, but it was really nicely decorated, with a modern Asian motif. The bed was flanked by two night stand with complimentary lamps and ample outlets. Yes, AMPLE OUTLETS. I was in heaven. There was an interestingly large black and white print behind the leather headboard. Not something I’d do at home, but still it looked pretty cool.
A round Asian inspired rug was under the bed – I was really digging this too since the round rug cut down some of the harshness of the angular room
The walls were brick as well — not brick wall paper either. While I believe this was just aesthetic brick, it was still cool and looked much better than that god-awful brick wall paper stuff you see from time to time.
I really wanted to steal this sign but MS wouldn’t let me do so. The other side is in English and it says what you’d expect it to say: Non Smoking Room. 500rmb Fine for Smoking.
The bathroom was on the outer wall and had a small WC with the most futuristic electronic toilet I have ever seen, a single sink and a large shower room. The counter was a bit low, but then again, I may be a bit taller than their usual clientele. The shower was great! It had beautiful modern tile work, a huge rain shower head and a small window looking out onto a large construction site — but we were 20 floors up, so you just got a view of the City.
The shower had great water temperature and pressure. I was quite impressed. The bath products smelled so great, as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the brand, but it had such a soothing aroma therapy effect, without that noxious chemical/fake smell.