The Jewel of Shanghai

The lights of Shanghai's skyline dance on the Huangpu River at night.

What is the Bund?

Once just a humble tow path for boats along the Huangpu River, the Bund is now Shanghai's most vibrant waterfront, stretching one mile along the bank of the river. In addition to offering pedestrians close-up views of the water, it is the ideal way to take in some of the city's magnificent colonial architecture, much of which dates back to the 1920s and '30s, when Shanghai experienced a cosmopolitan boom. Many of the stunning structures you'll see today—including the former British Consulate, the Customs House, and the heritage building (described above)—have become an unforgettable part of Shanghai's cityscape.

The Long Bar.

The Jewel of Shanghai

The Long Bar.

In the center of Shanghai, on its vibrant waterfront boulevard, the Bund, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is the first Waldorf Astoria in Asia. The opulent hotel extends across two connecting complexes: the newly built 23-story Waldorf Astoria tower and the 100-year-old grand heritage building that is home to the hotel's exclusive River Suites. The dual elements of this Waldorf Astoria are an elegant metaphor for the bustling metropolis of modern Shanghai, a city that embraces its rich historical heritage and culture while striding confidently into the future. What further distinguishes the hotel are its many one-of-a-kind offerings:

What is the Bund?

Once just a humble tow path for boats along the Huangpu River, the Bund is now Shanghai's most vibrant waterfront, stretching one mile along the bank of the river. In addition to offering pedestrians close-up views of the water, it is the ideal way to take in some of the city's magnificent colonial architecture, much of which dates back to the 1920s and '30s, when Shanghai experienced a cosmopolitan boom. Many of the stunning structures you'll see today—including the former British Consulate, the Customs House, and the heritage building (described above)—have become an unforgettable part of Shanghai's cityscape.

The Long Bar:
A gentleman's drinking club in the '20s and '30s, the lounge has refurbished its 110-foot L-shaped mahogany bar to its former glory. Now, as then, the clientele is an eclectic mix of local leaders and savvy travelers.

Salon De Ville:
The hotel's exquisite salon offers a one-of-a-kind high-tea experience, known as Red Velvet Afternoon Tea. Guests' appetites are indulged with delicate fare, including pastries, finger sandwiches, and desserts.

The Waldorf River Suites:
Luxurious suites in the restored heritage building previously housed the Shanghai Club, a famed gentlemen's club of the 1920s.