Given that everything in the room is controlled
by an iPad – lights, TV, room service, curtains,
the lot – the achingly hip Andaz is basically your
granny’s worst nightmare. Once you’ve got the
hang of opening your blinds via touchscreen, you
can enjoy the room for all its bells and whistles: the bathtub lights up in a variety of colours, and
the toilet is one of those fancy Japanese-style
electronic ones that heats your bum, shoots jets
of water up it and then flushes and closes itself.
Aside from all the gadgets, the Andaz is stylish,
comfortable and fabulously located – you’re
likely to have a nice view of the neighbouring
Xintiandi development with all the area’s shops,
bars and restaurants within walking distance.
Considering the size of the hotel, we appreciate
the communal vibe they’ve tried to create in
reception with free all-day tea, coffee, soft drinks
and snacks available; while the interiors pay
tribute to the city’s thriving modern art scene.
Rates from 1,040RMB (plus 15 percent service