The Bund's first 'world-class luxury modern hotel', the 26-storey Westin has been open since 2002 (the more contemporary New Tower opened five years later). The hotel enthusiastically subscribes to the maxim 'bigger is better', from the overblown decor of its palm-filled lobby (which hosts a high-camp champagne brunch at weekends) to the cavernous 'deep soaking' tubs in the New Tower guestrooms.
The theme extends to the multiple restaurants and bars - you'll find Italian and Asian cuisine, alfresco cocktails, a juice bar and a Western-style deli complete with 'chocolate studio'. Leisure facilities include a 20m indoor pool, a two-level fitness centre and even a 'run concierge', who offers guests a historical jogging experience round the Bund.
The 559 rooms and suites are all plushly decorated and spacious, with even the smallest measuring up at 38sqm. All come equipped with city views, de rigeur rainforest showers, and work areas with fax machines and complimentary high-speed broadband.
Standard rooms (including work space) start from 3100RMB/night, plus 15 per cent service charge.