This is a hotel with style, panache, and a location designed to swing the head of any weary or jaded global traveler. At any level, Les Suites Orient should be your first port of call when visiting Shanghai, and for three reasons.
First, it sits, pride of place, at the centre of the Bund, on East Jinling Road. Swing out of the front door of Les Suites Orient and jaw-dropping sights await you. The Bund, remains much as it did from the pomp and circumstance of its early defining days in the 19th and 20th centuries, when Noel Coward held court and Sir Victor Sassoon bought the drinks. Also, the 21st Century grandeur of the Pudong skyline has a cast of skyscrapers that outdoes anything New York can offer. This is a skyline that plasters your ears to the side of your head. A skyline that would, were they to be on offer to buildings, win a Real Estate Oscar every year.
Secondly, Les Suites Orient's location on the Huapu River is groovy in other ways. It sits equidistant to the best restaurants around (and Shanghai has a lot to offer there) and most of the funkiest bars. It is just around the corner from the French Quarter and only a few stops by light rail from the main shopping concourses of Nanjing Road. In the week the area bustles. At the weekend, the pace slows as people from all over Shanghai (and all over China) come here to pace these new streets that somehow seem both so old, and so readily identifiable as the modern face of the People's Republic.
And thirdly then, there is the hotel. It's remarkable how well some hotels can be made, and how well they can make you feel. Les Suites Orient's location allows you to go anywhere, anyhow, any time, in this remarkable city. But if you want to stay in, this hotel is a perfect place to do just that. It offers remarkable suites, as indicated by its name, with enormous beds that pull you in, and bathrooms with some of the best views that money can buy.
This is not a pricey hotel by any means - given its location- it's thoroughly price conscious. Yet it gives you the righteous feeling that you are being coddled, lain over the lap of luxury whilst having your head stroked by the hotel gods.
If you are a regular traveler, and if you tend to arrive willing to embrace the alien of feeling of being in a new city, yet desirous of being enmeshed within a culture that feels like home, then search no more. Here you are surrounded by the trappings of all you hold dear - from power showers and clean linen to a refrigerator with a cool bottle of fizzy water and room service on tap. Les Suites Orient, location location location and all, is the place for you.