Did We Get What We Paid For?
In our attempt to make our Asian Adventure, as inexpensive as possible, I gathered together our Starwood Points and went to work on our travel plans.
I was determined to get the most bang for my bucks by using Starwood Preferred Guest Points. SPG points can be used alone, or in conjunction with cash. I did my research and found out that for $110 Dollars USD, plus 6,000 points per night, we would be set. Two luxurious nights at Starwood Hotels’ Westin Bund in Shanghai.
With awards like these, we were in for a treat!
Westin Bund, is a gorgeous property, and these are some of their awards!
Best Hotel in Puxi Shanghai | Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2013
上海浦西最佳酒店 | Condé Nast Traveler金榜2013
Shangliu Tatler Best Restaurants 2013 – Prego Italian Restaurant | Shangliu Tatler Magazine
2013年北京及上海最佳餐厅 –帕戈意大利餐厅| 尚流杂志
The World’s best Luxury Hotel & Conference Center | 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards
China’s Top 100 Hotels | Travel + Leisure Magazine China Travel Awards 2012
中国百佳酒店 | 悦旅杂志中国旅行奖
Best City Hotel Award | City Traveler Best Hotel Awards 2012
最佳城市酒店奖 | 城市旅游杂志最佳酒店奖
Best Hotel Buffets | TimeOut Magazine Best Hotels Editors Choice in Shanghai Awards 2012
Ready For Bed
When we arrived tired and cranky, after our 14.5 hour flight from NYC, Dan and I were both ready for a little nap.
We were headed to Starwood’s Westin Bund, where a Westin Heavenly Bed, along with a spectacular view of Shanghai, was waiting for us. In our beautifully appointed room with a view, we slept like babies.
Hotel Rooms Are Like A Box Of Chocolates
We love hotel rooms, who doesn’t? It’s always fun when you see the room for the first time, and I always love when there’s a “WOW” factor. It’s like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.
The WOW Factor?
We slipped the key into the lock, and were ready to be “wowed”. We were. Everything was meticulously appointed and super comfy.
Sleeping Like Babies
Especially after trying to sleep upright on an airplane, it was really nice to have a super luxe sleeping experience, at the Westin Bund. I don’t know how they get the beds so comfortable, but this one was super cozy.
I Can See For Miles
Master Pastry Chef Extraordinaire
When we woke up the next day, we perused the bountiful and award winning breakfast buffet, and got to chat with Master Pastry Chef, Thomas Broger. There was so much amazing food, but we had such limited time in Shanghai. Sadly, we would only have 30 hours to spend in Shanghai, so we grabbed a delicious pastry from the Cafe inside the hotel, and had to forgo the extravagant buffet.
Mr. & Mrs. Rolland At Mr. & Mrs. Bund
We took a romantic stroll on the Bund, and stopped in to check out, Mr. & Mrs. Bund, Paul Pairet’s Modern Eatery. With our limited schedule, we had to put it on our list of places to eat, the next time we get to Shanghai.
Lights, Cameras, Action
Shanghai has a great electronics district, and we sauntered over to check it out. Even with our non-existent Chinese language speaking skills, we were able to wangle some great deals on some new camera equipment. After that, we headed over to see the 468 meter tall, Shanghai Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower. We travelled there on a fun subway that included an underground light show.
Smog In Shanghai
I’ve been hearing so much about how bad the smog has been in Shanghai, but lucky for us, it was beautiful for the entire 36 hours we spent there.
Time To Relax
If we had more time at The Westin Bund, we would have taken a dip in the pool. I did the next best thing, and made time, for a soak in the tub.
Bathroom Beyond Compare
Dear Westin Bund, You did not leave any stone unturned in our room and bathroom. As I peered into each closet door, I found everything that I could possibly need. There were two, count them, two styles of bathrobes. Slippers, Safe, Hair Dryer.
What Could I Possibly Need?
Love Affair With Starwood?
I know it sounds like I am having a love affair with Starwood, but quite frankly…I am. Especially, after this trip. Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ portfolio is made up of W, Sheraton, St. Regis, Aloft, Le Meridién, Westin, Four Points, The Luxury Collection, and Elements. We’re going to try to see them all. Points or no points.
Next Stop, Bangkok. The Sheraton Royal Orchid.